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A Monthly Publication for Temple Beth-El, Las Cruces, New Mexico

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A Monthly Publication for Temple Beth-El, Las Cruces, New Mexico Shabbat Services (See Page 2) Friday, August 2 Family Shabbat service at 6:00 pm, followed by a dairy/vegetarian potluck dinner. Friday,
A Monthly Publication for Temple Beth-El, Las Cruces, New Mexico Shabbat Services (See Page 2) Friday, August 2 Family Shabbat service at 6:00 pm, followed by a dairy/vegetarian potluck dinner. Friday, August 9 Shabbat service at 7:00 pm. Friday, August 16 -Shabbat service at 7:00 pm. Friday, August 23 Shabbat Service for Renewal of Spirit at 7:00 pm. Friday, August 30 Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm. **************** Saturdays Talmud Study at 9:00 am, Shabbat Service at 10:15 am, followed by a potluck Kiddush ***************** Join us on Saturday, August 10, at 7:30 pm for Havdalah and dessert (please bring a dessert to share) followed by an observance of Tish ah B Av, including readings and songs about Jerusalem and chanting a short section from the book of Lamentations. You will also have a chance to share memories of and thoughts about Jerusalem. Please let Rabbi Karol know if you plan to attend. Message from Rabbi Karol I sometimes find myself revisiting my reasons to pursue the rabbinate. I didn t start, in earnest, until my senior year in high school. I enjoyed my involvement in Youth Group, leading a panel of my peers, the We Speak for Judaism Panel, that spoke to churches in our community about the Jewish religion and our customs, practices and traditions. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Open My Lips: Finding your spirit in Jewish Prayer Part 1 Tuesday, August 20, :00 pm Rabbi Karol will begin a series that will explore the meaning of prayers in the Shabbat evening service which will enhance the understanding and experience of worship participants and current and potential service leaders. We will discuss our beliefs in God and the power of communal prayer. Please let Rabbi Karol know if you plan to attend by ing Jewish Heritage Night at the El Paso Chihuahuas game on Sunday, August 25, 2019 See page 10 for more information on how to attend with the TBE Mensch Club! Be watching in August for High Holy Day mailings for parts for worship and for the 2019/5780 Yizkor Booklet (See High Holy Day Service schedule on Page 6) Message from Temple President Cheryl Decker This morning at 6, my phone chimed alerting me via a text message from our oldest granddaughter that new pictures of her children, our twin great granddaughters had been posted to Facebook. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Page 2 Worship Schedule Please note: All 7:00 pm services will include either a Torah reading and a d var torah, a brief discussion based on the Torah portion, a compilation of prayers and/or songs on the theme of the Torah portion, or a commentary that offers insight based on the parashah for the week. Friday, August 2 6:00 pm. Family Shabbat Service for all ages. Cheryl Decker will represent the Board of Trustees. 6:50 pm. Dairy/Vegetarian Potluck Shabbat Dinner. David and Cheryl Decker will coordinate the dinner. Saturday, August 3 9:00 am Talmud Study 10:15 am Shabbat morning service & Potluck Kiddush Parashat Matot-Mas ei Numbers 30:2-36:13 Haftarah Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4 Friday, August 9 7:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service Rabbi Karol will speak on Looking back to look forward. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service, sponsored by Rabbi Larry and Rhonda Karol to mark their 37th wedding anniversary. Steve Haydu will represent the Board of Trustees. Saturday, August 10 9:00 am Talmud Study 10:15 am Shabbat morning Service and Potluck Kiddush Parashat D varim Deuteronomy 1:1 3:22 Haftarah Isaiah 1:1-27 (SHABBAT CHAZON) Saturday, August 10-TISH AH B AV Join us at 7:30 pm for dessert (please bring a dessert to share) and Havdalah, followed by an observance of Tish- ah B Av, including readings and songs about Jerusalem and chanting a short section from the book of Lamentations. Please let Rabbi Karol know if you plan to attend. Friday, August 16 7:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service Rabbi Karol will speak on When you rise up! An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service, sponsored by Paula Kramer and Brenda Parish. Ruth Rubin will represent the Board of Trustees. Saturday, August 17 9:00 am Talmud Study 10:15 am Shabbat morning Service and Potluck Kiddush Parashat Vaetchanan Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Haftarah Isaiah 40:1-26 Friday, August 23 7:00 pm Shabbat Service for Renewal of Spirit, including prayers and music for healing and renewal. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service, sponsored by Sue and Norm Mazer. Dee Cook will represent the Board of Trustees. Saturday, August 24 9:00 am Talmud Study 10:15 am Shabbat morning Service and Potluck Kiddush Parashat Ekev Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 Haftarah Isaiah 49:14-51:3 Friday, August 30 7:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service, including prayers to begin to prepare for the High Holy Days as the month of Elul begins. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service, sponsored by Marlene Benz. Luke Duddridge will represent the Board of Trustees. Saturday, August 31 ROSH CHODESH (New Month) 9:00 am Talmud Study 10:15 am Shabbat morning service & Potluck Kiddush Parashat Re eh Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Haftarah for Rosh Chodesh Isaiah 66:1-24 Friday, September 6 FAMILY SHABBAT 6:00 pm Family Shabbat Service FOR ALL AGES outside around the fountain and Biblical Garden! Religious School students will join Rabbi Karol in leading the service. Pearie Bruder will represent the Board of Trustees. 6:50 pm Dairy/Vegetarian Potluck Shabbat Dinner outside, Pearie Bruder will coordinate the dinner. Saturday, September 7 9:00 am Talmud Study 10:15 am Shabbat morning Service and Potluck Kiddush Parashat Shoftim Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Haftarah Isaiah 51:12-52:12 BOARD OF TRUSTEES President-Cheryl Decker Vice-President-Joanne Turnbull Secretary Steve Haydu Treasurer Michael Mandel Barbara Berger Pearie Bruder Luke Duddridge Martha Roditti Nan Rubin Ruth Rubin Lynn Zeemont Art Lorbeer (Mensch Club) Dee Cook (Sisterhood) Rabbi Lawrence P. Karol ******************************** The next regular Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm ************************************* MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 I also became more involved in adding my own sense of spirituality through music at youth events and during special worship services. I couldn t have done that without my attendance in the National Torah Corps 7-week summer session in 1970 at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York. We studied with rabbis who made a major impact on their communities and on American Judaism. I had the opportunity to learn chords for some of the worship melodies that we used in my home congregation, which enabled me to add a new dimension to my participation in service music, after singing for several years in the junior choir. Now, I could be a leader. Those pursuits continued at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where I ultimately chose sociology as my major, and religious studies as my minor. I engaged in the study of Hebrew and Judaism in a number of college courses that further stablished my foundation of Jewish knowledge. As a senior in college, the Hillel rabbi and other leaders chose me to be the inaugural intern in a new leadership development program. I read books on Jewish thought, led a weekly Shabbat dinner at a dormitory, and co-directed the Hillel choir. After an interview at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, in January of 1976, I was informed of my acceptance at the end of March. After five years of rabbinic school, and 38 years serving congregations, I continue to ponder what drew me to the rabbinate. It was always about my own comfort with Temple life and Jewish tradition. The music was part of it, but so were the prayers, the teachings, and being part of a community. And, even more, it was about service and partnership. I valued learning from mentors when I was an assistant rabbi in my first congregation, but I also have had many partners in making Judaism come alive, lay leaders who were committed to sustaining and enhancing the well-being of a community. We did what we could to overcome challenges that arose in order to create a sense of joy among our members and an enduring and positive presence in the community. Our recent family visit to Kansas City and Topeka reminded me of all of those reasons for being a rabbi, as we had a chance to connect with former Temple presidents, confirmands, congregants, community members, and friends. We also connected with family, who have supported not one, not two, but three Rabbis Karol. Page 3 As a rabbi, I enjoy my interactions with members of all ages, as well as my participation in the greater community. Temple Beth-El s place in Las Cruces, and mine as well, came to mind on July 23, On that day, I attended the installation of the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, Peter Baldacchino. I began attending the diocesesponsored luncheon that mostly included priests from around the state and some of Bishop Baldacchino s friends. I was impressed with the humility exuded by the religious leaders who were present, and the obvious camaraderie that pervaded the gathering. At the installation, I joined Pastor Jared Carson, spiritual leader at Peace Lutheran Church, and the Rev. Dr. Margaret Short, chaplain at Memorial Medical Center, in representing the interfaith community to greet the newlyinstalled Bishop. The service included many moments of celebration, which generated a special spirit among all those who were present. I saw and greeted a number of people with whom I have worked over the last eight years. The theme of service was reflected in the statements of the installation speakers and in the songs that were included in the ceremony. What surprised me was the gratitude that was expressed to me by people I didn t know, over and over. They appreciated that I was there, representing the Jewish community. I also think that they see something spiritual, valuable, significant and godly in furthering Catholic-Jewish ties in a world that seems to seek division rather than commonality, prejudice rather than acceptance. And it wasn t only for me that I attended. I took you all with me through my presence. That is the essence of rabbinic service to a congregation. It is about the we that we create and sustain whether we are together or apart. As we begin to prepare in the coming weeks for a new Jewish year, may we remember to connect, celebrate, study, sing, and believe that the community which we create can take us to joy, healing, and hope. L shalom, Rabbi Larry K. See rabbilarrykarol.blogspot.com for Rabbi Karol s articles, Divrei Torah and sermons. *********************************** Page 4 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 I belong to a multi-generational text chain consisting of my two daughters, two grown granddaughters and myself. That text reminded me how close we really are. Even though we live 1600 miles apart, distance vanishes in a nanosecond. Social media enable me to stay in touch with not only my family, but also with Temple friends while they re on vacation. They share their pictures, their happiness, sadness, frustrations or just pictures of their dog, offering weather predictions for the Artic. Our Temple, like my text chain, is multigenerational. We share triumphs such as landing the date for the Matzo Ball Golf Tournament (November 10th). We mourn the loss of a Temple member. We welcome new members to our Temple family. We delight in the joyous marriage of Temple members (Elliot Katz and Sharon Ash Tancredi) in Maine. Though not related by blood, we are family, sharing our happiness and sorrows. Two of our hardworking Temple sisters, Francine Feinberg and Rose Jacobs, are compiling a new Temple Beth-El Jewish cookbook that will be available for the 2020 Jewish Food and Folk Festival. They ask members to provide recipes whether old family or new favorites. Please send in your recipes by August 15 to Rose Jacobs at Two other dedicated members, Pearie Bruder and Beth Tierney are joining forces (along with Rabbi Karol) to help provide another successful Religious School year. They realize the need for multi-generational interaction and would love to talk to those of us of a certain age and maturity and ask for our assistance. Please continue your legacy of Temple involvement. To experience the joy of working with our youth and providing the occasional snack, please give these two women a call. L dor, v dor, from generation to generation. To my Temple Family, L shalom Cheryl Religious School and the Temple Beth-El Community Temple Beth-El Religious School will begin a new year of learning on August 25. No matter how many students we have in the school, we have been able to create a strong sense of community among our students. During this past year, we enjoyed all school time together as well as meaningful study and activities in our individual classes. We have also been fortunate to have congregants (and others) who are not parents of our students join us to share their stories and their skills with our children. These experiences have broadened the horizons of our students and strengthened the communal and intergenerational ties in our Temple. As we move into a new year, we want to be sure to let you, the members of Temple Beth-El, know that we welcome your presence and input. If you have been involved in education at any level, your wisdom can be helpful to our school. If you have something to teach or demonstrate, which would add to the knowledge of our students, we would be happy to have you share with us! It does take a village to raise children in a community, and we also know that connections between the generations in a community are precious and valuable. We look forward to having you join us as we continue to pass to a new generation the gifts and beauty of our Jewish heritage! Pearie Bruder Beth Tierney Rabbi Larry Karol TANAKH STUDY Sessions meet on Wednesday at 10:15 until 11:15 am. We are now studying the book of Nehemiah. LAY-LED TALMUD STUDY Talmud study (in English) has been meeting every Saturday at 9:00 am for the past 25 years. New students are always welcome. No previous background or Hebrew knowledge is necessary. Contact Tanah Hemingway ( ) or Erich Zameret with any questions. The Saturday morning service immediately follows. Open My Lips: Finding your spirit in Jewish Prayer Part 1 Tuesday, August 20, :00 pm Rabbi Karol will begin a series that will explore the meaning of prayers in the Shabbat evening service which will enhance the understanding and experience of worship participants and current and potential service leaders. We will discuss our beliefs in God and the power of communal prayer. Please let Rabbi Karol know if you plan to attend by ing Page 5 Sometimes, milestones in our lives are created for us. Sometimes...we make our own. Would you like to fashion a landmark moment in your Jewish life? Rabbi Larry Karol will guide you, along with other congregants who join this group, in a yearlong process of learning, training and review that will culminate in an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah service next spring. There are no prerequisites other than your desire to participate in this venture of gaining new knowledge and skills, engagement with fellow group members, and a commitment to persevere. Sessions will focus on Hebrew reading skills, the content and meaning of Jewish prayers, the significance of Torah and Haftarah readings, and the importance of communal prayer in the Jewish tradition. We have several people who had expressed interest in this group. The first meeting will be held sometime in August. If you are interested in enhancing your Jewish knowledge by preparing to lead worship at a very special service, please contact Rabbi Karol at or Be watching for more study opportunities in the coming year, including special discussions for Selichot (September 21) and Yom Kippur (October 9) and the continuation of other educational series. These classes give us a chance to share and develop our ideas and beliefs! Page 6 A Night at the Auction in January created many opportunities for gathering and service among our congregants. The photos below show Pearie Bruder teaching Paula Kramer, Mia Berkson and Lilah Berkson how to make royal flood icing. Join us for the 2020 Night at the Auction! High Holy Days 5780 Selichot Saturday, September 21, :30 pm Dessert, Study and Selichot Worship Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, September 29, 2019 Evening Service, 8:00 pm, Followed by Rosh Hashanah Oneg, sponsored by Sisterhood Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 30, 2019 Family Service, 9:00 am Morning Service, 10:00 am Tashlich at Young Park an hour following the conclusion of the morning service Rosh Hashanah, 2nd Day-Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Morning Service, 10:00 am Bagel Brunch following, sponsored by Rabbi Larry and Rhonda Karol and the Religious Practices Committee Friday, October 4, 2019 Shabbat Shuvah Service, 7:00 pm Saturday, October 5, 2019 Shabbat Shuvah Morning Service at 10:15 am Sunday, September 16, 2019 Cemetery Service (Masonic Cemetery), 1:30 pm Erev Yom Kippur-Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Kol Nidre/Evening Service, 7:45 pm Yom Kippur Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Family Service, 9:00 am Morning Service, 10:00 am A Time for Sharing, 1:15 pm Who We Are - Congregational Discussion at 2:45 pm Afternoon Service, 4:15 pm Yizkor and Neilah, 5:30 pm Break-the-fast, 7:10 pm (sponsored by Sisterhood) Join us for worship and the warmth of community as we welcome 5780 together! ********************************* Child care will be provided during Morning Services from 9:45 A.M. on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur [Congregant Bryan McCuller attended this workshop in Albuquerque in June on teaching about the Holocaust and human rights. He is on the right in the second row of the group photo.] Page 7 LCPS Educators Attend Social Justice Workshop in Albuquerque Three teachers from Las Cruces Public Schools attended The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) annual summer seminar for Holocaust and human rights studies during the week of June 17-21, 2019 in Albuquerque. They are Bryan McCuller from Monte Vista Elementary and Highland Elementary, Elizabeth Ortega from Centennial High, and Connie Tan from Sierra Middle. The mission of TOLI is to educate students from the United States, Europe, and other regions about human rights and social justice through the lens of the Holocaust and other genocides so that those atrocities may never occur again in any part of the world. TOLI held over 20 seminars in major U.S. cities this summer and abroad for educators to learn how to incorporate issues in social justice as well as human rights in their classrooms. One such workshop was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 6 th annual Albuquerque TOLI seminar introduced not only a variety of resources, materials, and curricular ideas for participants, but included phenomenal guest speakers as well. The three educators from LCPS will be able to build on the knowledge they acquired to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, including social justice, to their students in Las Cruces. One speaker, Maestro Murry Sidlin of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., discussed his film, Defiant Requiem. This film portrayed Jewish composer and conductor, Rafael Schächter, who, along with 150 Jewish internees incarcerated at the Terezin concentration camp in the Czech Republic, memorized and performed, in the 1940s, Verdi s Mass Requiem under the noses of their Nazi captors. A very profound testimonial of the late Sidney Franklin M.D. presented by his widow, Dr. Mary Pratt of Albuquerque enlightened educators about his role as an American concentration camp liberator in General Patton s 3 rd Army. His unit was assigned to assist in the liberation of Buchenwald, a Nazi extermination camp, where he became a witness to the Holocaust after the war. Andy Holten, retired physicist and professional soccer player of Albuquerque, told the TOLI group his story as a hidden child during the Holocaust. As a five-year-old child liv
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