This month`s Bulletin - Congregation Beth Shalom

Bulletin
March 2015
10 Adar/11 Nisan 5775
“The Community Synagogue in Southern Saratoga County”
Founded in 1974
688 Clifton Park Center Road
Clifton Park, NY
518-371-0608
SHARING THOUGHTS WITH OUR RABBI
Since this is our special Annual Purim Edition CBS Bulletin instead of offering you yet another of my numerous articles, I thought I
would use this space to share with you….
The Rav Chanan No Longer World Renown Secret Recipe for Hamentaschen
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2/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup orange juice (no pulp)
1 cup white flour
1 cup wheat flour (DO NOT substitute white flour! The wheat flour is necessary to achieve the right texture!)
2 tsp. baking powder
Various preserves, fruit butters and/or pie fillings.
Blend butter and sugar thoroughly. Add the egg and blend thoroughly. Add OJ and blend thoroughly. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time,
alternating white and wheat, blending thoroughly between each. Add the baking powder with the last half cup of flour. Refrigerate
batter overnight or at least a few hours. Roll as thin as you can without getting holes in the batter (roll it between two sheets of wax
paper lightly dusted with flour for best results). Cut out 3 or 4 inch circles.
Put a dollop of filling in the middle of each circle. Fold up the sides to make a triangle, folding the last corner under the starting point,
so that each side has corner that folds over and a corner that folds under (see picture at right). Folding in this "pinwheel" style will
reduce the likelihood that the last side will fall open while cooking, spilling out the filling. It also tends to make a better triangle shape.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, until golden brown but before the filling boils over!
Traditional fillings are poppy seed and prune, but apricot is my favorite. Apple butter, pineapple preserves, and cherry pie filling all
work quite well. The number of cookies this recipe makes depends on the size of your cutting tool and the thickness you roll. I use a 41/4 inch cutting tool and roll to a medium thickness, and I get 20-24 cookies out of this recipe.
B’tayavon! Ess gezunta hayt!
See you in Shul on Wednesday night, March 4 at 7 PM for the Megillah reading.
Stay warm!
Shalom U’vracha,
Rav Chanan
RABBI’S SUNDAY MORNING LECTURES FOR March, 2015
March 8th: “Can Jews survive without Judaism?”
March 15th: “What is the secret of Jewish survival?”
March 22nd: “Mark Twain’s bleak report on Palestine.”
March 29th: Annual Pesach Seder workshop
These lectures are open to the ENTIRE community. There is no fee for attending. For further
information call the Beth Shalom office at 371-0608.
Schedule of Shabbat service for March 2015
Wednesday evening March 4th 7:00 PM
Purim Night, Megillah Reading
Friday, March 6th
Shabbat evening service
7:30 PM
Saturday, March 7th
10:00 AM
11:15 AM
Friday, March 13th
7:00 PM
Saturday, March 14th
Friday, March 20th
Saturday, March 21st
Friday, March 27th
Saturday, March 28th
Shabbat Morning service
Rabbi’s Torah study
Friday Nite Live Shabbat service
10:00 AM
11:15 AM
Shabbat Morning service
Rabbi’s Torah study
7:30 PM
Shabbat Evening service
10:00 AM
Sisterhood/Men’s Club Shabbat service
7:30 PM
Shabbat Evening service
10:00 AM
11:15 AM
Shabbat Hagadol service
Rabbi’s Torah study
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
I hope this note finds everyone enjoying
this cold and snowy winter! What can you
expect – it’s Upstate New York!
People ask me, “Is it hard being President
of a synagogue?” My answer is that it is a
privilege and honor to serve a Jewish
organization. But is it hard? I find it is
not too hard and not too easy – just right!
What makes it right for me has been the
cooperation and sincerity of our board,
membership, and staff in making the
synagogue a warm and inviting place to
come to pray, learn, socialize, and
occasionally kvetch a little. In short, I
have enjoyed being President and working
with a fine board of trustees. No, this is
not a farewell address, rather a status
report on your President.
Shalom,
Harvey
Knitting Group News____________
The next meeting of the knitting group will be
Monday, March 16 at 7:00 pm,
hosted by Hana Mondelblatt.
Everybody welcome.
You can let Hana know you will attend
[email protected]
EXECUTIVE BOARD
President…………….…...….Harvey Finkelstein
VP Administration…..………Linda Russell
VP Membership…….….........Ray Franzone
VP Fundraising……….…......Lin Guinipero
Treasurer……………..….......Janie Garnett
Financial Secretary………….Betsy Knorr
Recording Secretary…......….Denise Smith
Past president………………..Mark Silverman
399-8121
371-3641
877-6125
588-7775
357-8881
877-8957
348-0569
371-0256
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Richard Jacobs
Doris Calderon
Rob Schleifstein
Dee Ann Coniglio Bob Silverman
Sheila Alfasso
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Appointed Board members
Men’s Club……………………….…Mark Silverman
Cemetery……….………………..….Don Rubin
Education……………………….…..Marla Sheffer
House……………………..…….…...Mark Silverman
Interfaith……………………….…
Israeli Affairs……...…………..….....BJ Rosenfeld
Publicity……………………………..Rabbi Markowitz
Reyut………..……………….…….. Carol Davis
Ritual………………………………...Joyce and Mel Toub
Rob Schleifstein
Sisterhood ……………….……….. Fern Hayden
Gift Shop…………………………… Lin Guinipero
Social Action………………..…….…Michael Weitzman
Web ………………..………………..Chris Grossman
COEJL……………………. . .………Lew Morrison
Listserv………………………………Jackie Betters/Sandie Vipler
Bulletin…………………………… .Diane Silverman/Jackie Betters
The deadline for all articles for the bulletin is the 15th of the
month prior to publication.
Please email your articles to [email protected] or you
can drop them off at the synagogue office.
Rabbi Markowitz’s office hours for the winter:
Tuesday through Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
You can also reach him by calling his cell phone at 518-878-6299 or
by sending him an e-mail at [email protected]
March Birthdays
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Barry Forman
Colleen Kohan Silverman
Brett Paige
Robert Silverman
Andrew Gorelik
Richard Garnett
Deanna Rubinger
Charles Kearnes
Valerie Russell
Barry Hamerling
Anne Friedman
Jeffrey Snyder
Aleah Smith
Lauren Weinberg
Arnold Elman
Martin Seaman
MAZEL TOV
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Our Temple Family
Linda & Steve Gellman
Lauren & Henry Paige
Susan
& Gary
Zelezniak Eichenbaum
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3/26
36th anniversary
8th anniversary
15th anniversary
From the desk of Morah Tziporah
Our Beth Shalom Hebrew School celebrated Tu B’Shevat
by fulfilling the MITZVAH of planting seeds and
learning about our New Year for Trees. Through JNF
we purchased a tree which will be planted in Israel.
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We will begin preparation for Purim.
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Each child in the hay Class began creating their tallit.
The combined gimmel / daled class made
their Torah wimple.
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Todah Rabbah to our Torah & Haftarah Chanters:
Joshua & Sarah Eichenbaum, Samantha Gorelik,
Eva Sheffer, Natasha Sheffer & Aleah Smith,
Sanford Roth, Marcie Franzone, Ellen Bechky,
Chris Grossman, as well as our guest
chanters during the Hadassah Shabbat.
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We are still collecting clean, empty
soda bottles, cans & water bottles
for recycling & refunding. All monies go to the
TZEDAKAH fund to support projects chosen by the
students in the Hebrew School.
B’shalom,
FLO Miller
Director of Education
MARCH MEN’S CLUB REPORT
Sisterhood ‘will this winter ever end?’ Message
A short message this month. Stay warm and safe in all the snow.
Spring will come. The daylight hours are getting longer.
Hamentaschen are being prepared.
Pre-orders are being taken.
Here is an update on future (scheduled) Sisterhood events:
 Joint Sisterhood/Men’s Club Shabbat: March 21, 2015
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With all the snow we’ve been having,
the men of the Men’s Club are so busy
shoveling and digging themselves out of
the huge piles of ice and snow, they didn’t
have time to write an article for this
month. They were kind enough to let
Sisterhood use some of their space. A big
Todah Rabbah to all our men.
Another Sisterhood off-site dinner will be held June 10,
2015. Save the date and look for forthcoming details
(perhaps at the vegetarian/Kosher Restaurant Terra, in
Albany) *As Sisterhood represents a Jewish
Organization, we request that whenever we have an offsite dinner meeting, please do your best to order Kosher
Style.*
Get involved! Help Sisterhood help our Synagogue, Hebrew School
as well as the Community wide programs we now support.
Together, we can succeed in helping Sisterhood sustain its vitality
and well-being in support of our Synagogue. We’d love for you to
experience Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood for yourself. We
truly need all of you!
Look for the yearly dues bill/letter in the mail. Sisterhood is a
bargain at a mere $25.00 for the year.
If you have any suggestions for programing or events, please contact
me at [email protected]
Remember: Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly planning
sessions. The schedule for our planning sessions (thru May 2015) is
shown below. Reminders will be sent out one week ahead of the
meeting date.
Monday, March 23, 2015, 7PM, Synagogue
Sisterhood now has their Pesach items on
display in the Gift Shop. Come in and
browse and get those last minute gifts or
items that you need.
Monday, April 20, 2015, 7PM, Synagogue
Monday, May 18, 2015, 7PM, Synagogue
Shalom
Remember all items have been drastically
reduced.
Fern Hayden
Sisterhood President
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Mark Silverman
Sheila Alfasso
Harriette Weitzman
Laurence Shapiro
Janie Garnett
Arlene Simkins
Michael Kupferman
Alvin Brown
Howard Vipler
Ruth Goldstein
Mark Silverman
Larry Sugarman
Robert Lowenberg
Donald Rubin
Beverly Engle
Roberta Moses
Sanford Roth
Robert Schleifstein
Denise Smith
Lauren Weinberg
Marilyn Shapiro
David Knorr
Larry Sugarman
Paul Michel
Carol Chaykin
Nancy Ostrov
Harriet Windman
Herbert Alfasso
Betsy Knorr
Leonard Oshins
Cindy Barnett
Richard Bergman
Doris Calderon
Barbara Bergman
Gloria Kupferman
Harriette Weitzman
Barry Forman
Richard Garnett
Linda Guinipero
Howard Savage
Donald Rubin
Kenneth Margolius
Audrey Cohn
Alvin Brown
MARCH YAHRZEITS
Deceased
Leon Roth
Rita Clayman
Jacob Finkelstein
Rabbi Diane Leibovitz
Rabbi Diane Leibovitz
Rose Burkhoff
Asher Hurwitz
Harold Smerling
Morton Kaiser
Eva Kupferman
Melvin Schulman
Faye Gaies Vipler
Norman Brown
Elsie Silverman
Bernard Sugarman
Rena Lowenberg
Rosalind Rubin
Jacqueline Tamkin
Malka Moses
Rachel Roth
Goldie Schleifstein
StanleyBurmil
Stanley Edwards
Frances Cohen
Catherine Knorr
Hyman Sugarman
Florence Michel
Louis Rosenberg
Albert Berkowitz
Max Genden
Lena Alfasso
Theodore Buslovitz
Freida Oshinsky
Freida Oshinsky
Nettie Bergman
Louise Blanchard
Stanley Brill
Miriam Beerman
Samuel Burkhoff
Solomon Forman
Sylvain Garnett
Patty Mostowy
Joyce Savage
Lloyd Rubin
Phyllis Solomon
Leonard Cohn
Miriam Kaplan Brown
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What better way to remember loved one(s) than to have a plaque placed on our Memorial Wall in memory of them. For more
information on purchasing a plaque you can call the synagogue office 371-0608 and speak with Jackie. The cost for each plaque is
$250.00
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Remember that special date with either a leaf or an acorn or even a stone on our Tree of Life. Congregants and interested public may
celebrate a mitzvah (happy occasion) or commemorate a memory by purchasing one or more of the following:
Leaves - $180
Acorns - $500
For further information regarding purchasing a leaf, acorn or stone for the
Stones - $1500
Tree of Life, please contact Jackie at 371-0608
We gratefully acknowledge these contributions
General Fund in memory of
Peace Garden in memory of
Carol Blansky by Ellen Kaplan
Robert Burrick by Harriet Brown
Solomon Shapiro by the Kupferman family
Howard Kaufman by Eve Kaufman
Anna Bruskin by Eve Kaufman
Chaim Bruskin by Eve Kaufman
Edith Kohan by Colleen & Bob Silverman
Marcia Blumenthal by Linda & Steve Gellman
Debbie Crane by Linda & Steve Gellman
Rachel Roth by Carole & Sanford Roth
Leon Roth by Carole & Sanford Roth
Faye Gaies Vipler by the Vipler family
Elsie Silverman by Diane & Mark Silverman
Reyut fund in memory of
Sid Lessne by BJ Rosenfeld
Ben Davis by his loving family
Ida Lazarow by Barbara Lazarow
Torah Fund in memory of
Sid Cohen by Flo & Les Miller
Rabbi’s Disc. Fund in memory of
Library Fund in memory of
Sadie Genden by Harriet Windman
Rhea Windman by Harriet Windman
Marty Lazarow by Sandy & Don Rubin
Marvin Schoenburger by Sandy & Don Rubin
Sid Cohen by Dee Ann & John Coniglio
Endowment Fund in memory of
Edith Kohan by Carol Kohan
Anna Wallenstein by Judie Nauman
In memory of Sid Cohen by Joyce & Mel Toub
Chumashim Fund
Various programs at Congregation Beth Shalom
Are generously supported in part by
Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY
THREE fundraisers with NO NET COST to you
SCRIP The list includes hundreds of businesses nationwide—retail stores, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels,
rental cars, pharmacies, movie theaters, i-tunes, Amazon… to name just a few.
VENEZIA’S Enjoy great pizza, salad, eggplant, and other delicious food – dine-in or take-out.
HANNAFORD Purchase gift cards through the synagogue Sisterhood and use when you grocery shop.
Congregation Beth Shalom receives a percentage of the gross value of your scrip, Venezia’s, and Hannaford purchases
and you get to spend the full face value!! Shop for your own everyday needs and give as gifts.
This is a painless way for you to support our fundraising efforts!!!
Please contact Lin for additional information or to place an order.
Lin:
[email protected] or call 518-588-7775
Do you have a special event coming up that you would like to share with your family, friends and
synagogue family? Why not sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush? Sponsoring a Kiddush is honoring,
celebrating, memorializing, and congratulating any individual/s or event. A Kiddush is a
wonderful way to bring people together and begin to celebrate the Sabbath too. For more
information you can call the synagogue office and speak to Jackie at 371-0608 or call Linda Russell
at 371-3641
Various programs at Congregation Beth Shalom
Are generously supported in part by
Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY
BOOK CLUB NEWS
Watch our list serve for information on the March Book Club meeting and book.
This book club is open to ALL, member, NON member, men and WOMEN. COME and see for yourself.
Lew and Harvey
All Are Welcome to a Community Lunch
Nurturing the Body & Soul
Come join us to enjoy a warm meal, or just to socialize with fellow Southern Saratoga area
neighbors on Wednesday, March 25th at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at St. Edward the Confessor
Church Social Hall 569 Clifton Park Center Road.
Desserts to share are most welcome.
RSVP…. Please due to limited seating: 371-7372 ext 227
Hosted by St. Edward’s Church and Congregation Beth Shalom
“Future Wednesday meal dates”
April 29th
May 27th
June 24th
Mah Jongg News
We are looking for experienced players
who would like to substitute in our
game. We meet Wednesday afternoon
from 12:30 to about 3:30. Please
contact Eve Kaufman @ 343-6420 or
Carol Chaykin @ 383-4417.
We would also like to hold learning
sessions for those interested at another
time.
CLIFTON PARK PODIATRY
Richard C. Berkowitz, DPM,
FACFAS
Medical and Surgical Care of
the Foot
1673 Route 9
Halfmoon, NY 518-383-3338
Remember that special date with either a
leaf or an acorn or even a stone on our
Tree of Life. Congregants and interested
public may celebrate a mitzvah (happy
occasion) or commemorate a memory by
purchasing one or more of the following:
Leaves - $180
Acorns - $500
Stones - $1500
For further information regarding
purchasing a leaf, acorn or stone for the
Tree of Life, please contact Jackie at
371-0608
HALFMOON MOBIL
Courteous, Quick and Clean
Route 9 and Sitterly Road
(across from Hewitt’s)
Clifton Park, NY
Locally Owned and Operated
PREMIERE
TRANSPORTATION GROUP
David J. Brown, President
456 North Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12204
518-459-6123
Professionally Chauffeur-driven
Sedans, Limousines,
Vans, and Coaches
SAVE THE DATE FOR:
A RUBY OCCASION
in celebration of
Beth Shalom’s
FOURTIETH ANNIVERSARY
We are planning a brunch which will be held at the Vista Restaurant in
Jonesville on May 31st at 10:30 A.M.
Invitations will be sent out as the date of the event gets closer.
We need your help!
*Any memorabilia of Beth Shalom’s forty year history (ASAP)
*Names and addresses of former members who have moved out of
town
* Help plan the set up and set up on the day of the event.
(Centerpieces, seating etc.)
*Any other ideas to share with the steering committee? Please contact
Sheila Alfasso
[email protected]
Women’s Philanthrophy Proudly
presents our 8th Annual Community-Wide
Event With Yael Luttwak
Producer & Director of
A Slim Peace
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Glen Sanders Mansion
Havurah Vatik
March Event
Tuesday, March 17, 11 A.M - 1 P.M.
At Congregation Shaara Tfille
All Saratoga area Jewish seniors 55 plus are
welcome!
A Virtual Stroll through the “Gut” or
“Valley” of Saratoga Springs
Catering in accordance with Kashrut policy
Join long-time teacher and local historian
Ellen Steinberger as she takes you back
hundreds of years through the vibrant area
many know best as the site of Jewish
boarding houses. Ms. Steinberger will spin
stories of the people who made this section
of the city a memorable community.
Coupled with the lecture will be
photographs from historical archives.
of JFNENY
A catered lunch follows the program
$25 per person, $18 per child (12-21 years
old)
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU
CONTACT TEMPLE SINAI at 584-8730,
mailbox 4, or [email protected]
by March12th if you are planning to attend,
need to cancel your reservation, or if you
need transportation.
1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302
Transportation available
Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, and Dessert
Reception
Register at www.jewishfedny.org
or call 783-7800 ext. 231
Pre-event screenings of A Slim Peace
Thursday, March 19
3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Jewish
Federation
There is no cost to attend.
Keep Havurah Vatik alive and well – bring
along a friend to enjoy this program
Havurah is grateful to its sponsors, First
Niagara Bank and the United Jewish
Federation