Dear Congregation B’nai Israel Members,
This is my last issue of Temple Topics in which I am honored to
write a message as President of our beloved Congregation B’nai
Israel. The past three years as President of our Temple has been an
incredible honor for me.
When I first joined Congregation B’nai Israel, nearly 30 years ago,
I would have never dreamed I would be in a leadership position such as President
of our Temple. Temple President seemed to be a position held by giants within our
Jewish community. I am humbled by, and I appreciate the trust and confidence
you have put in me to lead our board. To quote Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen
further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” It has been a wonderful and
great pleasure serving our Temple and Board these last three years. I am looking
forward to the progress we will make the next three years, as I will be included in
the list of past Presidents of Congregation B’nai Israel.
We will vote on the board slate and a proposal to modify
our kitchen from Kosher to Kosher-Style.
Voting on all other matters requires attendance at the
meeting and our constitution states we do not recognize
proxies. Your attendance is vital so that we can have a
quorum and conduct Temple business. A quorum consists
of “not less than twenty-five percent of the membership in
good standing. A member in good standing shall be
deemed one who is not more than six months in arrears of
payment dues.” If you have any questions about your
status, please contact Susan Abelkop, our Financial
Secretary. Only members in good standing may vote or
serve on the Board.
Along with the meeting, we will enjoy a wine and cheese
Thank you for your time and support of our congregation. I
look forward to seeing you soon.
Kitchen Changes: We are
proposing and have petitioned
changing the temple kitchen from
Kosher to Kosher-Style. This will
enable us to have non-kosher meats
since the expense and availability
of kosher meats has become an
Onegs for Temple Events: Sister-
hood needs willing volunteers to
provide light hors-d’oeuvres and a
dessert for after services and the
Jewish Forums. Dinners and other
special events will need more
volunteers to assist with everything
needed for these occasions. Contact
Peggy for dates when help is
needed and if you are available.
Final Bake Sale Report: We had a
successful bake sale this year and
sales have continued as we have a
few items left. Part of the proceeds
will be donated to Mobile Meals.
As always, planning starts soon for
the 2024 Bake Sale so we can
continue providing delicious baked
goods to our community and
members and of course raising
money for Sisterhood.
Officers for 2024:
Co-Presidents: Peggy Buchman &
Secretary: Barbara Leddy
Treasurer: Susan Abelkop
Corresponding Secretary: Fran
Peggy Ann Buchman
12/3 Shannon Smiley
12/4 Rebecca Seibel
12/14 Bogdan Gheorghiu
12/15 Stefanie Keen
12/15 Sharon Packer
12/15 Alexandra Poliakoff
12/18 Steven Graff
12/18 Richard Keen
12/20 Louise Garrell
12/28 Gary Koshak
12/29 Elaine Hyman
12/31 Dave Wood
12/6 Anne & Gary Poliakoff
12/1 Hannah E. Nabow
12/2 Seymour Feinstein
12/3 Clara Barbarash
12/8 Helen Klausner
12/9 Samuel Price
12/13 Frances Schwartz
12/15 Phil H. Singer
12/16 Sylvan Jack Cohen
12/18 Sondra Pincus
12/22 Morris Siegel
12/23 Tiffany Greenfield 12/25 Nettie Gelfand
12/25 Seymour Rosenberg
12/26 Joe Pincus
12/26 Thelma Yoffe
12/27 Sarah Cohen
12/27 Gershon Sandler
12/27 Max Silverman
12/29 Robert Lyon
12/29 Sheril A. Powers
12/30 Mary C. Bornstein
12/30 Rose Goldberg
12/30 Stanley Nabow
Dear Congregation B’nai Israel Members,
The recent horrific events in Israel have left me speechless and unable to verbalize or write how utterly stunned I am by man’s inhumanity to man. I think Mark Packer, our Temple Vice-President, put it into words best when he wrote his response on our Temple Facebook page.
Mark wrote: “The current crisis in Israel reminds us of the precarious nature of Jewish existence. Whenever Jews are unsafe in their own homeland, we are put on notice about the need for continual vigilance and solidarity. We thank all the members of the Upstate community for their expressions of support during this difficult time.
Let us pray for a quick resolution of the conflict with minimal harm, especially to the civilians on both sides.”
I want to thank Mark Packer for responding within our community through social media, newspapers, and television news in a thoughtful and compassionate way.
Before the crisis in Israel our board was working with our Security Committee to increase security at our Temple. Please read Barbara Leddy’s article in this month’s issue of Temple Topics, which gives an update on our recent security measures and plans for our Temple.
Please be aware security is an ongoing and changing process and we are doing the best we can with our resources at hand.
Even though we are seeing heart wrenching scenes from Israel on television news and the internet, we must continue to be diligent and support each other through our Temple and community.
On a happier note, our Sisterhood will be holding their wonderful Bake Sale this month on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Please be sure to pick up your orders on that day. Also, there will be indoorshopping this year at the Sisterhood Bake Sale. You may stop by on November 2nd and purchase from a large selection of delicious and wonderful items the Sisterhood so lovingly prepares for our community.
I am sure you have received your letter about donating to our incredible 2023 Matching Funds Challenge Campaign. If you have not already given, please consider donating. Every dollar donated
will be matched by a generous anonymous donor up to $100,000. This means if we raise $100,000 in qualifying donations, the donor will match those funds, and our Congregation will receive $200,000. Your support is key in helping our Congregation maximize this opportunity!
If you wish to contribute to the 2023 Challenge Campaign, you can do so by sending a check made out to
Congregation B’nai Israel with 2023 Challenge Campaign on the memo line. If you would like to donate stock or securities, please contact Jan in the Temple Office for specific routing instructions.
You will receive a letter the end of this month with details about our upcoming congregational meeting, including the time and agenda.
I wish us world peace as we progress through the month of November and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with our family and friends.
11/4 Stephen Gordin
11/7 Hank Steinberg
11/8 Susannah Lyon
11/18 Barbara Leddy
11/19 Jerome Falcon
11/19 Joseph McArn
11/24 Rose Talbot
11/28 Diane Cohen
11/29 Carrie Tanenbaum
11/13 Wanda & Ira Greenfield
11/28 Sandy & Robert Nabow
11/1 Sylvia L. Margolis
11/1 D’vorah Price
11/2 Chava Rifka Kirshner
11/2 Arthur Lutsky
11/2 Sophie PInsley
11/3 Minnie Hyman
11/4 Kate Shapiro
11/4 Saul Tanenbaum
11/5 Ruth K. Arenson
11/6 Cecilia Robinson
11/9 Hy Packer
11/11 Morris Gerber
11/12 Ben Black
11/12 Joseph H. Wachter, Sr.
11/16 Max Cohen
11/18 Isadore Lazarowitz
11/18 Israel Massey
11/18 Abe Smith
11/19 David Falcon
11/20 Ida Gelburd
11/20 Simon Hecklin
11/20 Harry Levine
11/20 Newman Vogelstein
11/21 Sarah C. Margolis
11/24 Bernie Fleishman
11/24 Esther Minsky
11/25 Max W. Davidson
11/25 Rebecca Price
11/26 John Barbarash
11/27 Marvin Hyman
11/30 Charles Gelband
11/30 David Nabow