Hadassah Meeting


We invite everyone to join us for a business meeting on Wednesday, November 16 at 10:30 in the Sisterhood Activity Room and stay for the Rabbi’s Brown Bag luncheon immediately following at 12 noon.

Please continue to collect your loose change in your Hadassah tzedakah boxes. We will be collecting those at a luncheon meeting in December. This is tentatively scheduled to be held at Bangkok Thai. Details will be announced later.

We hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones. If you are at the Temple, as a gesture toward those less fortunate, please consider bringing some canned goods for the collection barrel located in the coat closet. The need for assistance is especially great at this time of year.

See you around the Temple

Nancy Rosenberg


Spartanburg Interfaith Schedule of Events

Imagining Myself: Righteous Gentiles During the Holocaust
Thursday, November 10
7:00 pm at USC Upstate at Tukey Auditorium 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC

An Interfaith Conversation, Guests Welcome
Friday, November 11
9:00 am at Converse College, Kuhn Room 108 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC

A Consultation with Students & Staff
Friday, November 11 12:00 pm at Wofford College
429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC

A Life of Responsibility: The Holocaust as Inspiration
Friday, November 11 7:30 pm at Temple B’nai Israel
146 Heywood Avenue, Spartanburg, SC

Sabbath Tisch: Two Rabbis, a Catholic Priest, & a Methodist Minister Talk About
a Few Verses from the Bible
Saturday, November 12 11:30 am at Temple B’nai Israel
146 Heywood Avenue, Spartanburg, SC RSVP to the Temple 582-2001

Did you hear the one about the Rabbi and the Pope?
Catholics and Jews, A New Era!
Saturday, November 12
3:00 pm at St. Paul’s the Apostle Catholic Church 161 North Dean Street, Spartanburg, SC

Jewish Origins of Preaching: Crawling Into the Text
Sunday, November 13
9:00 am at Central United Methodist Church 233 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC

The American Dream
Sunday, November 13
11:00 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church
210 Henry Place Spartanburg, SC

Scholar in Residence

Join Us for An Interfaith Meeting of Hearts and Minds with Rabbi Abie Ingber November 10-13, 2016

Rabbi Abie Ingber is the Director of Community Engagement at Xavier University, the leading Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has lectured widely on the concerns of oppressed peoples. He is the son of a woman who escaped from Nazi-occupied Poland on Christmas Eve due to the kindness of a Christian official. He has devoted himself to being an advocate for those suffering around the world, specifically in the Darfur region.

In the fall of 2012, he logged 24,734 miles in two trips serving as the keynote lecturer at the Cameroon Muslim Student Union annual conference and at the new Museum of Dialogue of Cultures in Kielce, Poland. Rabbi Abie co-created the 2005 award-winning exhibit, A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People, which has toured over eighteen American cities.

The Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

The Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm The Advice of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

Nachman of Breslov (Hebrew: ,)מברסלב נחמן(April 4, 1772 – October 16, 1810), was the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.


Rebbe Nachman, a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, breathed new life into the Ha- sidic movement by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism (the Kabbalah) with in- depth Torah scholarship. He attracted thousands of followers during his lifetime, and his influence continues until today through many Hasidic movements such as Breslov Hasid- ism. Rebbe Nachman’s religious philosophy revolved around closeness to God and speaking to God in normal conversation “as you would with a best friend.” The concept of hitbodedut (an unstructured, spontaneous and individualized form
of prayer and meditation) is central to his thinking.

“It is very good to pour out your thoughts before God like a child pleading before his fa- ther. God calls us His children, as it is written (Deuteronomy 14:1), “You are children to God.” Therefore, it is good to express your thoughts and troubles to God like a child complaining and pestering his father.”


Rabbi’s Newsletter for November, 2016

From the Heart: A Tale of Two Jews!

Dear Friends,
At the time of writing, two teams will face off in an effort to end “their curse!”  They are the Cubs who have not won a World Championship since 1908 and the Cleveland Indians whose deficit goes back to 1948. Being ethnocentric, I thought it important to research the Jewish connections not only to these years (1908 – Turkey gave Jews political rights) and (1948 – the State of Israel is founded) but to two “Jewish” ball players who were present at their last victories: Al Rosen (Cleveland Indians 1947 – 56) and Johnny Kling(Chicago Orphans/Cubs (1900–1908,1910–1911). Though each was part of the historic victories for their respective teams, these two could not have been more different.
  Al Rosen was born (guess where?) in Spartanburg.  His life was the stuff about which movies were made: Navy Lieutenant in WWII (He navigated an assault boat in the initial landing on Okinawa in the bitter battle for the island.), professional boxer, stockbroker, and baseball executive. (In 1978 he became President/CEO of the Yankees (1978–79), then the Astros (1980–85), then president and general manager of the Giants (1985–92).) While many a legend is celebrated about Sandy Koufax’s bravado and of Hank Greenberg’s refusal to allow an anti-Semitic barb to go unanswered, Rosen was that and more. Rosen challenged an opposing player who had “slurred [his] religion” to fight him under the stands. And during a game, when Red Sox bench player Matt Batts taunted Rosen with anti-Semitic names, Rosen called time and left his position on the field to confront Batts.  Hank Greenberg recalled that Rosen “wanted to go into the stands and murder” fans who hurled anti-Semitic insults at him. For this reason alone he was called the “Hebrew Hammer!”

picture1By comparison, while Johnny Kling was a fine ball player, his “Jewishness” was quite questionable. Like Rosen, he led a decent and productive life. Baseball player: owner of a baseball team where he desegregated the stands so blacks could sit with whites freely and without recrimination and an owner of a legendary hotel and billiard parlor which gained a national reputation. As for his Jewishness, the picture is less clear. Historians have debated his ethnicity for nearly a century. While his wife and children were undoubtedly Jewish (they were married by a rabbi), Kling’s identity has been sidelined for decades. Rumors abounded that his wife falsely claimed he converted to Christianity to better his chances of making it into the Hall of Fame.  Bogen is a retired Chicago psychiatrist and author of the recently published book, “Johnny Kling: A Baseball Biography” (McFarland & Company). A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Bogen maintains that Kling, the hub of the 1906-10 Cubs, “deserves to be recognized as the first Jewish baseball star. Not Greenberg.”

After spending an hour researching this history, I must plead what my teacher called “Historical agnosticism,” a fancy way of saying “I have no idea!”
However, this “Tale of the Two Jews” does give me pause. If Kling was Jewish, he clung loosely to his heritage while Rosen did cling on to his heritage unashamedly and proudly.
He was the truest champion on the field and off, standing tall, holding the line against all those who sought to diminish him and his faith.
By the time this writing reaches your eyes we may well know who has won or who will most likely win the series, The Cubs or Cleveland, both deserving, both worthy. I imagine both Rosen and Kling will be watching the games from on high.
Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz D.D.