4/2 Juanita & Sheldon Lustgarten
4/29 Tina & David Lyon
4/20 Carrie & Rick Tanenbaum
4/1 David Gordin
4/1 Eleanor B. Oppenheimer
4/1 Murray Schoer
4/1 Henry Vogelstein
4/3 Bruce Harrison
4/5 Jennie Abelkop
4/6 Barney Kaplan
4/6 Minnie M. Zeidman
4/8 Samuel Smiley
4/9 Mary Vogelstein
4/10 Herman Price
4/11 Aaron T. Kaplan
4/12 Sam Reichal
4/12 Getzel Robkin
4/13 Etta Goldman
4/13 Seindel Koser
4/13 Beckie Witz
4/14 Harry Liebowitz
4/14 Sharon L. Massey
4/15 Louis Blumenfeld
4/15 Fannie A. Levin
4/16 Richard J. Horn
4/17 Anna P. Reichel
4/18 Sylvia S. Cooper
4/18 Blanche Lyon
4/21 Aladar Hirschler
4/22 Helen Levenson
4/23 Nancy Geller
4/23 Samuel Packer
4/26 Herschel Levy
4/26 Jack Minsky
4/26 Samuel B. Witz
4/30 Judy S. Boff
4/30 William M. Price
Several months have passed since the terrible tragedy in Pittsburgh, yet the images we all viewed on TV are still so vivid in my mind. As all of us come to grips with this tragedy, it’s important to know that our Temple Board has been discussing steps we can take to better secure our Temple and Religious School. Discussions started before that horrific event, but unfortunately, that awful Sabbath morning brought to light how serious a concern safety is.
Although there are no easy answers to this challenging topic, we are taking steps to assess our current security and how we can improve it. We recently met with local and state law enforcement officials who gave us some suggestions to better secure our facilities.
We want to develop a plan in which we all feel safe, yet at the same time we want to be an inviting and friendly Temple. A few new security measures have already been implemented with more to come in the near future. We will notify you as new practices and policies are put into place.
All of us are part of the solution and we all need to work together to ensure a secure and welcoming congregation. I appreciate your patience and support as we continue to address this most difficult issue.
Toasted sesame seeds, honey and almonds make a deep-golden, chewy treat. Popular at any celebration, this ancient confection is traditionally offered over the Festivals of Purimand Hanukkah (Festival of Lights). These petite treats, not unlike the nut bars that are popular today, are utterly addictive
24 Adar I—24 Adar II March 2019
I recently had occasion to recall to one of our members memorial service. I had officiated at this service some years ago. A relatively young man’s father had passed on. He was an officer in the Second World War. As he had been a fighter pilot in the Army Air corps (the predecessor of the AIR FORCE), he wanted to conclude the service with the Air Force Song “Off we go into the wild blue yonder….at a boy give them the gun.” I remember feeling quite awkward thinking this martial tune was contrary to the solemnity of the occasion. Even so, there was something in the grieving young man’s face that convinced me, although reluctantly to allow it. At the end of the service, it was sung and to my surprise not in an uproarious way, but in a funereal and appropriate manner. Quite touching actually! I later learned that the mournful son had vigorously opposed the
Viet Nam war, having avoided the draft by migrating to Canada. This had caused more than a breach between father and son, for his father experienced such as a sense of betrayal to the country he loved. Singing the song had become a spiritual salute to his dad, acknowledging what his father stood for. He not merely buried his dad but his angst. Both were at long last at peace
From that experience there came a realization that rituals need not be static. Moreover, they can actually be in fact, an encumbrance to the spirit. Reform Judaism with its innovative posture has long understood this. Many who imagine that Moses sang Adon Olam on Mt. Sinai are unfamiliar with the fact that the most popular tunes were based on Prussian martial marches. The same is our rendering of the Shema to the strains of an Italian symphony in the 19th century. This is not to say that some innovations fail and go too far; like one colleague placing a screen on the pulpit for members to text their thoughts willy-nilly during the service. The need to encourage individual expression often comes at the expense of group social cohesion.
In an Oscar nominated film called “The Tribe,” it notes that the current generation wants more discussion and less sermonizing. And so, it is that twice a month our pre-Oneg is followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat which features a conversation instead of a sermon. The more traditional format occurs once a month as does a dinner with Shabbat prayers. So far so good, as attendance has improved, and this cafeteria approach seems to be working for our members. I appreciate the innovation, though my latent guilt imagines my traditional grandfather would say in Yiddish from the beyond, Vos teets ach du? “Whatever are you doing?” I can tell you even a casual review of more traditional services once contained some real innovative approaches. Moses never sang the more recent L’cha Dodi (written centuries ago) welcoming the Sabbath bride, It mystically and metaphorically turned the Sabbath into an imaginary bride whom we welcome into the synagogue. Other examples abound. What is traditional now
was quite revolutionary then. There are many ways to reach out “to the wild blue yonder!”
Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz, D.D.
Purim is a time for giving gifts to the needy.
Please bring two items for the food barrel. Macaroni and canned foods are excellent examples. New socks can also help. Our Purim celebration dinner would be a good time to drop these items off.
Mishloach Manot Matanot La’evyonim
* Our very own Carl McArn and Steve Gordin will be participating in this event as well as Les Mitchell’s son and daughter. Come out and support a very worthy cause.
Date & Time: March 9, 7-10 pm
There will be quite a few doctors in the house on Saturday, March 9 when the Spartanburg County Medical Society Alliance presents Docs Who Rock Spartanburg! The unique rock concert will feature members of Spartanburg’s esteemed medical com- munity in roles in which their patients may have never seen them – band members.
The highly-skilled medical professionals will show off their musical talents to benefit Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. Each band will perform for a half hour with a combined “jam session” at the end of the concert. The venue for the event will be the all new Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium at Wofford College.
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