The committee has been very busy thanks to the many fabulous goings on at PTBAS. We are grateful to all the creative folks for the fuel that fires advertising.
Toby Greenberg, Chair
We are honoring our new members on
Erev Shavuot, Tuesday, May 14.
Ellen Sostek Birch
They will be formally welcomed into our Temple Family during the Erev Shavuot Service following a
The Membership Committee and I look forward to
seeing you there!
Suzanne Lechnos, Chair
CONTACT THE TEMPLE OFFICE
NEW PTBAS COOKBOOK
What’s cookin’ at your house? The newly formed Temple Cookbook Committee wants to know! So spill your family secrets and get your Kosher-Style tried and true recipes to Ellyn Rothstein ASAP.
A HAPPY 65th TO ISRAEL
This Yom HaAtzmaut we joyfully marked 65 years of a strong, vibrant State of Israel, as well as celebrated that Reform Judaism has become an integral part of the fabric of Jewish life in Israel.
This has been a year of great growth for the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). There are now 40 Reform Jewish communities in Israel; 80% of Israeli Jews consider themselves secular and 34% identify Reform/Progressive Judaism as the movement they most closely identify with.
For more than 25 years, the Israel Reform Movement has been investing in progressive, egalitarian pre-school education and securing the civil and religious rights for Israeli citizens from all denominations and streams of Judaism. The Reform Israel Movement now operates 50 pre-school classrooms, eight schools, 25 WRJ-Israel women’s groups, a Mechinah program (pre-army leadership training and social action program with twice as many qualified applicants as openings), and Beit Midrash B’Derech, a post army young adult live and learn community. An active Reform youth movement, Noar Telem, operates a summer camp for 700 campers coupled with year-round youth activities. The Israel Reform Movement also conducts a vibrant advocacy and legal program at the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Keren B’Kavod, the humanitarian arm of the movement.
ARZA, The Reform Israel Appeal, is also working with the IMPJ to ensure that access to the Western Wall is equal and accommodating to all Jews.
Closer to home: The PTBAS ARZA committee will lead services on Friday evening May 3, for Yom Yerushalayim.
To become a member of ARZA, and support Zionism and progressive Judaism in Israel, send in your $36.00.
Tamara Kerner, Chair
50-50 raffles are again available on an ongoing basis until the big winner is selected at the Brotherhood Picnic next June. Buy a raffle for $1.00 every time you come to temple (except Shabbat); you’ll not only make the pot bigger, you’ll increase your chances of winning as well!
JEWISH CULTURAL COMMITTEE
Please join us on Wednesday, May 29, 8:00 PM, at Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, for a concert featuring Shir Chadash (the Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus) and a very special Oratorio, with narration by Arthur Strimmler. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Perhaps we can do dinner in Park Slope! Let me know if you wish to attend.
Are you fascinated by Jews in American history? The Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16 Street in Manhattan is sponsoring a series of programs on Jews in the Civil War. On Monday, May 6, 7:00 PM ($15 admission, $10 for seniors) there will be a lecture on “Jewish Women in the Civil War”. I just returned from Savannah, Georgia, where we toured the museum of the beautiful Temple Mickve Israel, and learned many interesting facts about American Jews and the Confederacy (Jewish cultural activities are certainly not limited to New York City). One Temple member spied for the Confederacy while her husband spied for the Union!
Other events taking place in May at the CJH are the Young Artist Concert on Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 PM entitled “Jewish Composers: A German Connection” ($10 admission, $7 for seniors), “Tsimbl un Fidl-Uncovering the Lost Jewish String Music of Eastern Europe” on Monday, May 13, at 7:00 PM, which will have a live performance and a multi-media showcase ($15 admission, $10 for seniors), and “Leah”, on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:00 PM, which is a film about a 4-year-old Ethiopian Jewish child who arrives in Israel, which will be followed by a panel discussion ($15 admission, $10 for seniors).
So take advantage of the nice weather and get out and experience some Jewish culture!
Yvette Pomeranz, Chair
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 either co-chair.
Debbie Belsky at 718-252-8030
Dan Fineman at 347-312-5589
We hope you enjoy the Shavuot holiday.
Debbie Belsky & Dan Fineman, Co-Chairs
We are looking forward to celebrating Erev Shavuot on Tuesday, May 14, starting at 6:30 PM with a dairy dinner.
Dinner will be followed by an Erev Shavuot service, Oneg and Study Session.
Look for details in the flyer, and make your dinner reservations early!
Remember, the Committee stands ready to assist anyone who may wish to sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush or otherwise celebrate a simcha in our social hall. Please be aware that ample notice is required. For more information on arranging a collation, call the Temple office and leave a message for Catering. Thank you.
Cemetery Committee Report
New York State guidelines state that only current members of the Temple may purchase our gravesites. A grave reservation will be issued to the purchaser, stating the amount of money received, the number of graves, as well as the gravesite row, block number, section and map number on the grounds. The fee is $500.00 per grave. The reservations are non-transferable. For further information please contact Myron Klein: 718-332-9315.
REMINDER TO COMMITTEE CHAIRS
As soon as an event is planned, please notify Calendar Chair, Ellyn Rothstein, so that your event’s date, time and place can be noted on the Temple’s main calendar. This will avoid scheduling conflicts and ensure that accurate communication flows through the Temple to interested members, friends and staff.
To post information on the Temple website, PTBAS.org, please contact our webmaster, Jessica Schulman, by email (go to the site and click on mail to webmaster). The earlier your information is received, the sooner it can be posted!