FROM THE HEART WITH RABBI LIEBOWTIZ

“The sun will not smite me by day or the moon by night!” (Psalm 121:6)

Dear Friends,

A former member of my congregation calls me from time to time when illness strikes and she needs a long distance prayer. I am, of course happy to do so and a bit flattered that after nearly 35 years Marilyn still calls me “her rabbi.” Some relationships have staying power. Such was the case three months ago when her husband, my former oral surgeon, had a heart operation. He did well, Danks Gott as my Yiddish speaking grandmother would say.

A week or so ago following Charlottesville, Marilyn whose Jewish heart beats with pride in being Jewish and with reasonable anxiety when we are threatened called me once more. I offered modest perspective. Even though the image of Nazi thugs marching and chanting, “Jews will not replace us” was frighteningly reminiscent of the 1930’s, our economics are quite different. We do not have round the clock printing of money and citizens carrying ever devaluing currency. Little comfort for we know our history and to be dismissive of any antisemitism is ever so risky. I instinctively share those fears as my early years were filled with grandmother’s personal tales of pogroms.

I personally took heart when a local pastor called me to express support and friendship. As clergy love to joke, he made mock of the statement “Jews will not replace us” by saying, “Rabbi you can replace me any time in my job!” Must have been a difficult summer for him! I was deeply appreciative of his call and said as much. In retrospect, I did feel a little ill at ease with his emphasizing only the antisemitism. The anecdote of the three survivors of an ocean liner in a lifeboat came to mind. Shortly after rowing away from the sinking liner and achieving a modicum of safety one of the three, a meshuganeh in the boat started to drill a hole beneath his seat. “What are you doing,” gasped one of the other survivors. “It’s my seat and I’ll do what I want with my space.” His fellow survivor then commented, “Yes it is your seat, but if you drill a hole beneath it, we will all sink! We’re all in the same boat.” When it comes to hate and violence, it is true enough that we Jews have been singled out more than many others. Still with white supremacy it is essential to insist that we are all in the same boat. We will all sink together! Not a Jewish issue alone!

These are fearful times and we need to remain vigilant. Security measures are being reviewed for the High Holidays. It is more than tragic that nearly seven decades following the horror and devastation caused by the twisted philosophy of Nazism, it has found its way to our native land, albeit a very, very small percentage of crazies. Little comfort to the officers who died and a weeping mother who lost a daughter! Our sympathies this season must also go out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and to the service men of our Navy whose lives were lost in service to our nation.

On a personal note, this season is different for Carrie and me as our little bird Hava has flown the nest attending college in Chicago. The many comments of comfort from members were not lost on me as they have empathized with the jarring changes that empty nest parents feel. Long ago, I did not understand my grandmother’s awkward tearful question to my then 44 year old dad, “Will I ever see you again?” this she said as we were preparing to leave New York for California. I understand now more than ever grandma’s query of my dad. I take some solace in knowing that the joy of teaching our precious Hebrew students will fill my soul.

From Texas to Charlottesville, from Spartanburg to wherever our loved ones dwell, may God protect one and all.

Shalom,
Yossi Liebowitz, Rabbi

Save the Dates!

Reminders for Upcoming Events:

NO Sunday School: Sunday, September 3

Labor Day: Monday, September 4

Hebrew School: Wednesday, September 6 at 3, 4, & 5:00 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, September 8 at 6:00 pm

Saturday Service: September 9 at 9:30 am

Tisch for Seth Annis-Domenech: Saturday, September 9

Hebrew/Sunday School: Sunday, September 10 beginning at 9:20 am

Temple Board Meeting: Sunday, September 10 at 12:00 noon

Breakfast Schmooze: Wednesday, September 13 from 7-9:00 at Select.

Hebrew School: Wednesday, September 13 at 3, 4, & 5:00 pm

Events and Outreach Coordinator

Temporary, part-time position, approximately 15 hours per week

Primary responsibility will be designing and executing a comprehensive marketing, membership, and communications strategy.

Position will assist in the facilitation and coordination of events and activities for the congregation. These may include religious celebrations, outreach, membership, adult, and youth & family programs.

Assists Rabbi and Board with programming ideas and brings ideas to fruition.

Reports to the Rabbi and a member of the Board.

Qualifications:

Significant knowledge of Jewish culture/holidays required.

Demonstrated skills and knowledge in the design and execution of marketing and communications activities.

Experience in the design of print materials.

Strong oral and written communications skills.

Willingness to work a flexible schedule with minimum supervision, including weeknights and weekends when needed. Working Friday nights and Sundays may be required due to Temple programs that occur on those days.

Exceptional interpersonal skills.

Computer proficiency- Comfortable using Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

If interested, please submit your resume to Sandy Gordin, email: jackandjill1931@gmail.com.

Save the Dates!

Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 pm followed by Dinner at Select on South Pine Street: August 18th

Sisterhood General Meeting: Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, August 25 at 6:00 pm

Saturday Service: August 26 at 9:30 am

Sunday School Registration: Sunday, August 27 at 9:00 am

Sisterhood Fun Run: Sunday, August 27 at 10:00 am

SISTERHOOD

We are busy planning many upcoming events.

First is the kickoff to the New Year with a wine and appetizer meeting on August 23rd at 6:30 in the Sisterhood Room.

On August 27th is the 2nd Annual Fun Run on the trail near the Drayton Mills Lofts on Drayton Road. Starting time is 10:00. Cost is $15 per person or $50 for family of 4 or more. You get a t-shirt if you RSVP by August 12th. Please indicate your shirt size when you RSVP.

Of course, don’t forget about the bake sale on November 2nd, as this will be our 50th anniversary. We hope to get many more members of not only sisterhood, but also the congregation to help out and make this our best year ever.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.

Cheryl August

HADASSAH

Our chapter of Hadassah has been assigned to inactive status due to the decrease in members who have been able to participate in fundraising activities and major programming on a regular basis. This means we no longer will have a fundraising quota from Regional. Sadly, we have lost a number of our members in the last few years, and we also have many members who are physically unable to volunteer as they have in the past. We do plan to have occasional meetings and luncheons, or dinners out, and you are always welcome to make financial donations. Sandy Smiley is chapter treasurer and will be glad to handle the purchase of tree certificates, etc. Marilyn Litoff remains chapter president and is always available to listen to any suggestions you may have about our chapter.

See you around the Temple
Nancy Rosenberg

Yahrzeits in August

8/1 Daisy M. Spigel
8/2 Jack Garrell
8/2 Ralph Neufeld
8/3 Abraham Adler
8/3 Freida Anderson
8/3 Toba Mary Segal
8/3 Linda S. Ungvarksy
8/4 Herb Moglin
8/4 Fannie Elsie Poliakoff
8/4 Fannie Yoffe
8/5 Maurice H. Freedman
8/6 Sidney Kirshman
8/7 Estelle Daitch Kaplan
8/9 Henry B. Barnet, Jr.
8/9 Mickey Berman
8/10 Mayer J. Price
8/11 Pauline Heliden Bernanke
8/11 Chayim Elhanan Levovitz
8/13 Luevina Morgan Powers
8/15 Samuel Feinstein
8/15 Meyer Poliakoff
8/15 William Allen Poulson
8/16 Eva Geller
8/16 Leo Gunther
8/16 Mitchell Robinson Price
8/16 Fannie Simon
8/17 Max Greenwald
8/17 Jennie Novey
8/17 Sara Simmons
8/18 Samuel Fox
8/19 Bea Adelman
8/20 Ben Barbarash
8/20 David Sher
8/22 Pauline Shinberg
8/23 Ida Koshak
8/23 Max Lessner
8/24 Fannie Rae Cohen
8/24 Edward Shane
8/25 Hyman Fleishman
8/25 Calvin Fuller, Jr.
8/25 Sam Hyman
8/25 Gert Klein
8/25 Miriam Levine
8/25 Rachel Leah Michel
8/25 Rebecca Schaefer
8/25 Irving Zeiger
8/26 David Adelman
8/26 Harold Bronstein
8/27 Leon Britanisky
8/27 Ralph Tanenbaum 8/27 Dorothy Wimpy
8/29 Rose Gilpin
8/30 Shirley Freedman
8/31 Rose Levine
8/31 Charlie Schrank

Upcoming Events for AUGUST – Dates to Remember


1 Tish’a B’av Service
4 Kabbalat Shabbat
5 Saturday Morning Service
9 Breakfast Schmooze
11 Kabbalat Shabbat
12 Saturday Morning Service
16 Temple Topics Deadline
18 Kabbalat Shabbat
19 Saturday Morning Service
23 Sisterhood General Meeting
25 Kabbalat Shabbat
26 Saturday Morning Service
27 Registration for Sunday School
27 Sisterhood Fun Run