Spring 2010 Bulletin
The holiday of Shabuot is not only the time of
the giving of the Torah. It culminates seven weeks of counting the
omer from the second day of Pesah. This counting is so integral to
the holiday that Shabuot has no independent date in the Torah; it
can be calculated only by counting fifty days from the holiday of
In the process of counting, we pay attention to the importance and
sanctity of time in our lives. Each day is enumerated separately
and independently from the one that precedes and follows it. Each
day deserves its separate ceremony of counting. The Torah and
Jewish tradition thereby encourages us to consider our use of time
not merely during the period that joins Pesah and Shabuot, but all
year round as well. The holiday gives us pause to reflect on what
we do with our spare time. Moreover, it challenges us to reflect on
whether we have used our time effectively with our family and our
friends and in our occupations.
The realization that time has to be cherished and that time must be
sanctified is a critical component of all of our Jewish life. It is
a realization that forces us not to wait until we regret the way
that we have lived certain parts of our lives. And it can literally
change the quality of our lives on a daily basis as we go forward.
Rabbi Raymond Harari
Welcome to our newly elected committee members and executive
committee for 2010 through 2012. Many thanks to our past and
current members for their selfless work on behalf of our community.
Albert M Dweck
Albert S Dweck
Mr. and Albert Bale on the birth of a girl
Congratulations to the grandparents and great grandparents on the
birth of their grandchildren
Mr. Sam Ifergan (girl)
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Levy (boy)
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Goldman (twins - boy and girl)
Mr. and Mrs. Moise Dwek (girl)
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Heiney on the birth of a grandson
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Sayegh (girl)
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sayegh (girl)
Mr. and Mrs. Danny Levy (boy)
Adam, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Dayan, and Michelle, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Jeffrey Marcus
Joe Cohen-Arazi on the passing of his mother Miriam
Helen Grazi on the passing of her mother Sarah Sued
Kol Israel Events
April 11, Rabbi Harari and 20 congregants recited the blessing on
the trees normally said during the month of Nissan.
Kol Israel is
well known for our outstanding Yom Hashoah programs. As
always, Rabbi Besser led the presentation with thoughtfulness and
sensitivity. We started off by hearing Jeanette Wortmann and
Michelle Djmal speak about their experiences on their Heritage trip
to Poland. The program continued with Holocaust survivor
Felicia Hyatt, author of CLOSE CALLS, speaking about her own
horrific experiences. Raised in Poland, she recounted how she
managed to survive on the run and at Aushwitz under the most inhuman
circumstances in history. Thanks to Felicia Hyatt for
reminding us of our past so that we can go on and face the future.
Henry Hamra ended the program by leading us in Hatikvah. Our
exceptional programs are due to the care and efforts of Jack Saban.
Thanks again for making sure we never forget.
Celebrating Israel’s 62nd birthday, this year’s Yom Haatzmaut
celebration was as fun and meaningful as ever. The shul always
looks festive draped with flags and the blue and white cookies are
always a favorite. This year we had the honor and pleasure of
listening to a most eloquent speaker. Aaron Harari gave us a
very moving account of his experiences as a soldier in an IDF tank
unit in Gaza. Aaron, a Brooklyn boy, volunteered to serve in the
Israeli army for a year. After spending a year studying in Israel
after high school, he felt a responsibility to give something back.
The congregation was in awe as he so clearly described his harrowing
experiences and reminded us of the plight of the boys who defend our
freedom every day.
festivities continued with a Kiddush outside in the sunshine.
Many thanks to sponsors Emma Dayan and family and Albert M. Dweck
for making this day such a success.
celebration continued for Kol Israel’s young adults as they
participated in the All 4 One Sebbit at Beth Torah. Rachel
Erani gives us her account of the afternoon:
April 17 a group of kids from different synagogues got together in
order to commemorate the state of Israel. It was a youth program for
Yom Ha'atzmaut (also known as "blue and white cookie day" ) where
the teens of Kol Israel, Shaare Shalom, Bnei Yitzhak and Beth Torah
united together to celebrate. After praying in our own shul
and taking part in our shul's program, the kids of Kol Israel walked
to avenue J. When we got to Club 100 , I was overwhelmed
with the amount of people I saw. Each person in the room, high
school or college, was an important part of making this
program successful. A special thanks to Rabbi Haber for getting us
involved in this wonderful program.
with a delicious lunch, and the eating went on for a really long
time. Then the rabbis of each shul performed a silent skit, that I
think we all agreed was pretty clever. And of course after
that, it was time to eat again. So when we finished devouring
our yummy desserts, we all walked over to Beth Torah where we heard
an inspiring speech by Mr. Charles Harary. He had the crowd
rolling with laughter, as he described his visit to the White House
and meeting with then president George W. Bush. But more than
that, he taught us what Israel meant to us as a people, and to us as
individuals. The day didn't end there though.
Subsequent to his speech, we all went down stairs to play some games
and unleash our inner "social butterflies". It didn't matter
what age we were, all that mattered was who beat who in knock hockey
and who was the banana-grams champion. When I first thought
about it, I wondered what all of these fun and games had to do with
Israel's Independence. However, I realized that the purpose of
this program wasn't just to goof around with our friends, it was to
join together and celebrate something that many of our ancestors
were not privileged to have, and that is freedom.
WOMEN”S BOOK CLUB
As usual, our
Kol Israel book club on April 27th was a lovely and stimulating
afternoon. Joyce Matalon graciously opened her home and
treated us to a delicious and beautiful lunch. We then
discussed PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen – a timeless classic
novel that explores the topics of love and marriage. Our
speaker Esther Hidary clearly showed us that although written in the
early 1800s, the issues presented are still current. We all
enjoyed the lively presentation.
looking forward to our upcoming summer book club when we will
discuss THE PRINCE OF TIDES by Pat Conroy which will be presented by
annual Yachad Shabbaton is always a very special time for our
congregation. Many thanks to Rabbi Besser and his students for
coordinating this most meaningful project. From organizing
housing for participants and advisors to providing meals and
activities for every moment of Shabbat, this is a tremendous
effort. An effort well rewarded by the happy faces of all
sponsors Joe Cohen Arazi and Irving Feldman for making this amazing
Barbeque took place on Monday May 3, the day after Lag La’Omer,
along with our popular Beit Midrash program. As in the past,
the men and women involved had a wonderful time and were thrilled
with the delicacies provided by chef Elliot Chrem. Dinner was served
from 7:00 to 8:30 after our chef pulled up to the annex with his
portable grill and whipped up a menu that filled up the many, many
guests. After that everyone settled down to classes. It
was a great night! In the words of one satisfied community
member, “BBQ, Burgers and a few Franks. All the Rabbis deserve
to our sponsors for this very popular event: Eddie Ash, Raymond
Ashkenazi, Chabtaye Chraime, Charles Cohen, and Martin Mizrahi.
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KOL ISRAEL COOKBOOK
We are thrilled to announce that our highly anticipated cookbook
will be published this fall. Please act now to reserve an ad
to honor the cook(s) in your life. Space is limited.
-Special thanks to Grace and Michael Cohen for their donation of a
camera to be used to document and showcase events in our community.
-The Kol Israel Youth Committee is eager for new ideas from parents
and kids for activities and programs. Please contact Elliot Dweck or
Summer Book Club – THE PRINCE OF TIDES by Pat Conroy
presented by Vicki Harari
Fishing Trip – September
After School Homework Helping Program