E-Cards…a great way to be green

60 something …wife, mother and grandmother of 2 beautiful boys

I have to admit that when e-cards started showing up in my in-box, my first thought was that my friends were cheaping out. And granted e-cards can run the gamut from free (where there is advertising attached) to moderate in price. Hallmark, American Greeting and Jackie Lawson to name a few sell you a year’s subscription for less than $15 and with that you can send as many cards to as many people as you want.

Then there is the convenience factor. If you are pressed for time or are unable to get out, then the last thing you want to be doing is running to the card store and the post office. Again e-cards save the day. There are literally hundreds of styles and messages to choose from. And you can actually take an afternoon and input all of your friends and families important dates and what card you want to send and it will be done automatically.

Rosh Chodesh and the Women of the Wall

A very humble Sisterhood member and friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) wrote the following paragraphs to broaden my understanding and appreciation of Rosh Chodesh, and I would like to share them with everyone:

“Rosh Chodesh celebrates the new moon, the first day of the month of the Hebrew calendar. This Rosh Chodesh Tevet coincides with the seventh day of Chanukah.

On Rosh Chodesh (as with Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot), we add a prayer to our tefillah asking God to remember and bless us. On Chanukah we add a prayer to our tefillah thanking God for the miracles of the season. On Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah and on the three pilgrimage festivals we sing hallel – songs and praise to God. We read from the Torah to learn from our traditions and sing the Mi Shebeirach for comfort and healing for those who are ill.

A Smashing Sleepunder!

Over 80 people gathered in search of a Golden Ticket to the Sholom Sleep Under which was filled with fun! Kids of all ages came to Bettie Port Hall on Saturday, November 9th to get cozy and comfy with their friends. In their jammies with their blankets, pillows and favorite stuffed animals in tow, they were ready for fun, food and lots of movie treats!

The children first decorated Channukah cards for Temple Sholom’s Channukah Box program. And after every good deed, you should be rewarded with candy, right? And so they were, but not before Havdalah and dinner.

Why Jacob? – Drop into the study sessions to find out more!

On Sunday, about a dozen congregants met for our “drop-in text study” session, offered through the Temple’s Adult Ed program. We were discussing the week’s Torah portion, where Jacob crosses a river to begin a new chapter in his life, hopefully leaving some of the deceit and darkness behind him. He anxiously meets his brother, Esau, who greets him with a hug and a kiss. And then Jacob promptly lies to Esau. So much for a clean slate.

Later in the portion, Jacob’s sons deceive the men of Shechem, and then massacre them and loot the town, in response to the “rape” of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah.

And what is Jacob’s response? Outrage? Sadness? Apology? No, he castigates his sons for ruining his reputation. Beyond that, he is silent. It is one of the low points in the tragedy of Jacob, as the arc of his story nears its end. As Gunther Plaut says in his commentary:

First Friday Family Shabbat a Big Hit!

Our inaugural First Friday Family-Friendly Shabbat took place this past Friday, November 1st. It was incredible to see Bettie Port Hall filled with families joining together in the midst of a busy Friday evening to welcome the Sabbath. Rabbi Goldberg played his guitar as the families said blessings together over the candles, challah and wine. A festive meal was had by all and some playtime occurred prior to the start of the Friday night service.

Mishpacha Couples Take a Night Out!

Fifty Temple Sholom members gathered, along with Rabbi Goldberg and Rabbi Conover, for a fun-filled kid-free evening out on the town on Saturday, October 26th. This is what building community is all about! A fabulous time was had by all who attended!

Some attendees were brand new members and some had been at Temple Sholom for a decade, but they all came together to meet and mingle with other members at the Temple similar to themselves. Everything from summer camp to homework to Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning was talked about and a common theme was felt throughout the evening – It’s great to spend a night out with other parents just like me!

Jews and Catholics: A Maturing Relationship


Jews and Catholics have come a long way in 50 years, as could be seen recently when the International Jewish-Catholic Liaison Committee (ILC) held its biennial consultation in Madrid, Spain. The ILC consists of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.

New & Improved Recycling Program Arrives at Temple Sholom

When Eco Chavura was first formed, we conducted a survey with respect to the top issues at the temple that members thought we should address. The number one response: RECYCLING; and for understandable reasons. For years, although the Temple may have had blue bins placed randomly in different areas within the building, there were no signage indicating what could go in them. Exacerbating the situation was the fact that if one came upon a blue bin and there was no accompanying trash bin, people simply threw their trash in the recycling bin. What does that do? It contaminates the recycling bin’s integrity and everything ends up going to the landfill. Landfills are BAD!