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Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe but Pesach is once more upon us. It is again time to
start our preparations to receive this beautiful Holy Day as we remember
our obligation to see ourselves as if God had redeemed us and not only
our ancestors from Slavery in Egypt.

One of our most important traditions is to rid ourselves of all of the


Hametz in our possession before Pesach. Enclosed please find a form
which will enable you to sell the Hametz in your possession. Please
fill out the form and return it to my office no later than Thursday,
April 3, 2009. It is customary to make a donation“Maot Hitin” at the
time of the selling of your Hametz to help the poor in our midst
celebrate Passover.

Remember that we are only allowed to keep and “sell” that Hametz
that will cause great monetary loss if it was to be discarded. The legal
fiction of selling ones Hametz does not apply to what our Rabbis
determined to be Hametz sh’bayin which is the type of Hametz that is the
most commonly found in our possession like flour, cereals, bread, etc.
All Hametz sh’bayin should be discarded either by throwing it away or
donating it to charity.

In order to make it easy for you to discard your Hametz we will place
collection bins at the entrance to our Temple. All Hametz collected will
be taken to the food pantry of The Jewish Family Services.

May this be a season of renewal, peace, joy and celebration of freedom


not only for us but for the entire People Israel and for all humanity.

Wishing you a Pesach V’Sameach Kasher.

Rabbi Felipe Goodman

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SELLING THE HAMETZ IN YOUR POSSESSION
Note:
If possible, all hametz—food not acceptable during Pesach (Passover), or materials
containing such unacceptable food—should be destroyed or given away before the holiday
begins. Should this be impossible, the hametz may be stored in such a way that we are sure
not to use it during the holiday, and its ownership is transferred to a non-Jew until the
holiday ends.

Please complete the form below and return it to the Temple Office no later than April 3, 2009.
KNOW ALL PEOPLE BY THESE PRESENTS: That I, the undersigned, do hereby make and
appoint Rabbi Felipe Goodman my true and lawful representative to act in my place and stead,
for me and in my name and on my behalf, to sell all hametz owned and possessed by me, knowingly
or unknowingly, as stated in the Torah and defined by the sages of Israel (e.g. hametz, hashash
hametz—suspected hametz; and all kinds of ta’arovet hametz mixtures); also, hametz that tends to
harden and to adhere to the surface of pans, pots or other cooking or eating utensils, of whatsoever
nature, and to lease all places wherein the aforementioned hametz owned or possessed by me may
be found, especially in the premises located at (your address here):

___________________________________________________________________________________
Rabbi Felipe Goodman has the full authority and power to sell said hametz and to lease said
place or places wherein said hametz may be found, upon such terms and conditions as discretion
dictates. Rabbi Felipe Goodman has the full power and authority to assign or appoint a substitute
or substitutes to act on my behalf with all the same powers and authority that I have invested
in the Rabbi, and I do hereby ratify and confirm all that Rabbi Felipe Goodman or a rabbinic
substitute lawfully does or causes to be done by virtue of these presents.

And I do hereby affix my signature on this _________ day of __________, in the year__________

Signature __________________________________________________________________________

Address ___________________________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip _____________________________________________________________________

Telephone ________________________________________________________________________

Please mail to the Temple office 10700 Havenwood Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89135.
For additional information call (702) 804-1333 Ext. 104. It is customary to make a donation to
the needy in return for the service being performed on your behalf. If you would like to make a
donation, please send it with this form to the above address.

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Rabbi’s Message
Rabbi Felipe Goodman

Cleaning our Cupboards...


Cleaning our Hearts.
Pesach is one of those holidays that I find myself because we had a craving for cheese, and we ate the
enjoying only after it has begun. I find absolutely no joy cheese but kept forgetting about the crackers? How will
in housecleaning. Ask my wife and she will tell you that we ever use up all the hametz? Of course, we don’t have
getting me to clean is a feat of gargantuan proportions! to use it up. We can sell the foods that contain hametz,
I often caution people that preparing for Pesach and we can give our bread and cereal and rice and pasta
does not mean spring cleaning. We are talking about to the soup kitchen or food bank. It doesn’t have to go
ridding our homes of hametz, changing the “stuff” to waste. But it bothers us that we have to get rid of all
that we find in our kitchen cupboards for a week, not this food, one way or another.
necessarily cleaning out every closet and drawer. But, of We are sometimes able to learn Torah from the most
course, we do. We check drawers to make sure no one unusual sources. Consider, for example, Irma Bombeck. I
was munching a cookie while looking for a sock. We just came across one of the columns that she wrote
peer into closets to be certain none of the four legged long ago. It has both special meaning and tremendous
beasts in our home dragged food to a hiding place for insight because of the nature of the financial downturn
later enjoyment, which is a new fad that both of our we are facing. Her finest columns were not just a delight
dogs have busied themselves with lately. We pull down to read, but filled with wisdom as well. Let me share a
curtains for washing, remind ourselves of how to find part of it with you:
the on switch on the vacuum cleaner, and we dread the “I came from a family of savers who were sired by
day we have set aside to do the kitchen. If we’re lucky, poverty, raised in the Depression, and worshipped at the
there are cupboards on the same level as the kitchen, altar of self-denial. Throughout the years, I’ve seen a fair
so the shlepping of dishes and pots isn’t an Olympic number of my family who have died leaving candles that
event. But for some of us, the Passover equipment is in have never been lit, appliances that never got out of the
the garage, or the basement, or the downstairs closet, box, wines that were saved for “something special” and
and the cleaning and shelf-lining and scrubbing and new sofas shrouded in chenille bedspreads...It gets to
shopping are compounded by enough stair climbing to be a habit. After a while, you have dreams that you hide
make our membership in the health club unnecessary. away for the days when you have time. You have nice
Passover is a lot of work. compliments to say to people that you put aside until
When we begin to think about Passover, we think the “right moment.” You squirrel away plans to take a
about two issues. We think about all that work, and we trip until all of you can “get away.” You have old grudges
think about food. More than at any other time of our that you are going to settle when you “get around to it.”
year, we think about food at Passover, because we worry “I had a relative who, for years, entertained in her
not only about whom we are going to feed, or where we basement. I once described the decor as “Early Hot
will be fed, but about the using up of our hametz and the Water Heater.” We sat on glider swings and drank from
cleaning out of our homes. As the days fly by, we worry plastic as we surveyed the room around us: a workbench,
about the box of pasta we’ll never get to, the half loaf outdoor tables, mismatched lamps and stationary
of bread in the freezer, the cup of rice left in the box in tubs. Upstairs was a perfectly beautiful living room that
the pantry. How will we use them up? What about that was misnamed.
cake we bought because it looked good, but we froze it “I used to call her and say, “Let’s go to lunch today! We’ll
and never tt to it? Or the gourmet crackers we bought eat something fattening and talk about everyone who
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Assistant Rabbi’s Message
Rabbi Adam Watstein

While I was watching the movie “Forrest Gump” last week, I pressed the info
button on my remote control because I could not recall the names of all the
actors in the film. When the info page appeared on the screen, my heart nearly
dropped into my stomach, and this is why:
I saw “Forrest Gump” in the movie theater, as I am sure many of you did. I can
remember the experience vividly, including whom I was with at the time. Had I not
seen the info page on my television, I would have assumed that my introduction to
“Bubba Gump Shrimp” was seven years ago, nine at the most, but . . .

It was FIFTEEN YEARS ago!!!


Is it possible that FIFTEEN years has elapsed since “Forrest Gump” won best picture? For some reason, I can comprehend
the statement “Forrest Gump won Best Picture in 1994.” What I cannot comprehend is that 1994 was FIFTEEN YEARS
ago. Can this be? At what point in life does such a large interval of time get reduced to a flash. “Fifteen years” should feel
exactly like it sounds...like a LONG TIME, but in this context it does not. This worries me, and regardless of what Apple
or Google produce next, time will remain impervious to technology. We will all still get older, and one day, too soon I
am afraid, we will say, “FIFTY YEARS ago...’Forrest Gump’ won best picture. FIFTY YEARS ago! Where did the time go?!”
And then, we will be gone...
We all have a tendency to think like this once in a while, and when we do we often wonder, “Will I have left an imprint
on the world? Will I be remembered?”
My mentor while at Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Martin Cohen, once asked me to name my eight great-
grandparents. He didn’t ask me details about their lives or where they came from, only their names. I came up with
four names. Try it. It is a disheartening exercise, and even more disheartening is the corollary of the exercise. If we do
not know the names of our great-grandparents, then it follows that most of our great-grandchildren will not know our
names. It brings into question words like “legacy” and “significance.” It offers a bleak answer to the question, “Will I be
remembered?” It is an unfortunate and depressing reality that our names may be forgotten in three generations, but I
do not believe that this fact negates the significance of our lives or of our legacies.
The details and particulars of my great-grandparents’ lives, including their names, are casualties of time, yet I somehow
still feel intimately connected to them. My great-grandparents, and your great-grandparents, have been immortalized in
the narrative of the Jewish People. Though their names have been forgotten, their story has taken its place as a chapter in
a 5,000-year epic. It includes tales of the shtetl, the Yiddish language, pogroms, a journey West to a land with “roads paved
with gold,” sweat shops, the Lower East Side, etc. And it also includes Shabbat candles, Kosher food, Passover Seders, Yom
Kippur, etc. I may not know the particular details of my great-grandparents’ lives, but their narrative is an integral part of
my identity. I am the continuation of their story.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks of Great Britain said it best: “I am a Jew because, being a child of my people, I have heard the
call to add my chapter to its unfinished story. I am a stage on its journey, a connecting link between the generations. The
dreams and hopes of my ancestors live on in me, and I am the guardian of their trust, now and for the future. “
In a few weeks, we will sit around the Passover table and retell the earliest chapter of the Jewish story, and in doing
so will celebrate the legacy of our nameless ancestors. Their memories are preserved in our continuation of the Jewish
story. And generations from now, when our names are long forgotten, our descendants, too, will sit at a Passover table.
They may not know of us at all, but as they discuss the Exodus from Egypt , drink four cups of wine, and break the middle
matzoh, they will have ensured that our legacy persists...that we have not forgotten.

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Cantor’s Message
Cantor Daniel Friedman

This is not a goodbye, but a message . . .

Music is the principal medium for the


expressive content of prayer in Judaism. It unlocks the gates of
connect the “set-pieces” of the service, as well as teamwork
between rabbis and cantors to craft worship with aesthetic
meaning in ancient texts. It conveys the most contemporary continuity as a high priority.
revelations of the Jewish spirit. It lends continuity, momentum, In assembling musicians to support this music I have
direction and focus to the unfolding experience of worship. attempted to examine and introduce a wide array of choices.
It incorporates and safeguards echoes of past generations. It These choices have included all kinds of instruments
facilitates the intense engagement of individuals in the process (individually or in ensemble), keyboards of various types,
of prayer, while enhancing our connection to a supportive guitars (in their customary usage and in an evolving diversity
community. It affords leaders of worship the opportunity of technique), percussion consistent with the middle-Eastern
to inspire, while building intimacy between us and the strand of our heritage, and vocal ensembles in various
congregation. It soothes and enlivens, stirs and challenges, combinations, all in addition to the indispensable element
rendering into consciousness every dimension of our inner of congregational singing in unison and in harmony. I have
experience. Its highest calling is to cultivate the emotional strived to achieve this balance without turning worship into
freedom for each of us to be touched by the infinitely subtle “entertainment,” by the virtue of absolute faithfulness to the
sense of God’s presence. expression of textual intent, and by avoiding choices which
Accordingly, the musical experience of prayer should not dissolve the boundary between sacred and secular.
be governed by the spiritual impulse of any single approach. Finally, I believe we are in desperate need of new creative
Music of only one style will inevitably disenfranchise those sparks and innovative materials to fulfill the aspirations
whose hearts beat to different spiritual drummers, and its outlined above. This means prioritizing music in all of its
expressive impact will be diminished through repetition and forms with our young people, supporting conceptually and
intrinsic limitation. For example, the American and Israeli folk financially the development of their abilities. Our best
styles, which have proven so helpful in building community vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers must be encouraged
and conveying hemishkeit in worship, are not so successful at to take Jewish music seriously, and to know that there is a
illuminating texts in comprehensive detail, in variegated future for their boldest creative aspirations. We must nurture
shades of meaning, or with a sustained depth of understanding. the emergence of a new synthesis in compositional style,
This is especially true when prayer is conceptually complex which will integrate and raise up the adapted resources of
or multidimensional in theme, like the liturgy of the High our host culture into a traditionally-informed Judaic music of
Holy Days. The ancient Levitical musicians surely practiced the spirit. For me, the task is to balance the familiar with the
their art with the highest degree of skill, allied with persuasive innovative and the accessible with the provocative, leading us
intensity. So I strive to employ every means of musical artistry toward a compelling transgenerational style of prayer. With
in service to a high standard of interpretive integrity. perseverance and forbearance, we will be able to address the
In order to express the liturgy with wholly-conscious kavanah, needs of all who seek, while offering worship which aspires to
I approach the music of our worship to utilize the best elements be worthy of the Holy One, enthroned upon our praises.
available, including cantorial recitative, congregational tunes This is not a “goodbye,” but a message towards a clear
based on traditional modes, and well-crafted compositions understanding of the importance of the Cantor and all that
utilizing a broad spectrum of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, he brings to a congregation. My hope and prayer is that you
and structural techniques, all in addition to folk inspired will welcome my successor with an open heart. My hope and
“community-sing” materials. I have attempted to accomplish prayer is that you will continue to explore all aspects of prayer
this without creating a montage of disparate, disconnected as willing partners in establishing a great congregation of
elements. The cantor must be responsible and have the musically knowledgeable participants. With great humility,
freedom to choose compatible components, assembling them from the depths of my heart and soul I say thank you to all of
into coherent sequence, and supplying the musical bridges to you, my friends, for being such a source of strength, warmth
link them persuasively together. This has been and will remain and inspiration. I thank you for entrusting me with the most
my biggest challenge and greatest reward. This requires sacred responsibility of being your Cantor. Until we meet
resourcefulness in developing improvisatory techniques to again, l’shalom.
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Jon Mitzmacher
Education
Director of Education
The Solomon Schechter Day
School of Las Vegas hosted Purim is all about fun and,
nearly 250 people at its third in that sense, this year’s Purim
annual “Wine Tasting & Chinese carnival was a huge success.
Auction” fundraiser on February While we had new games and
21. This year’s theme was “White prizes, we couldn’t have had
Russia” and all the proceeds went to the Sidney Chaplin the Carnival without our old
Scholarship Fund. Its namesake, Sidney Chaplin, was a favorites like the bounce house,
leader, humanitarian and philanthropist in the Las Vegas Velcro wall and Bungee run.
community for more than thirty years. The delighted smiles on our
children’s faces were priceless
This year’s event honored the memory of D’Vorre and as they played the games and
Hal Ober and all proceeds went to the Sidney Chaplin showed off their costumes,
Scholarship Fund. Hal was a founding member of our Yonina Schnee
had their faces painted or
school’s board and D’vorre was a spirited volunteer. Assistant Director
ate the delicious food. It was
Their passion for education contributed greatly to our also a great fundraiser for the of Religious School
school’s successful founding.” Religious School and, as every &
The wine tasting was generously donated by Southern year, we had the help of loyal Adult Education
Wine and Sprits, and the food was catered by Gustav Women’s League members,
Mauler. Lara Stone, whose three children attend the Men’s Club members and others from TBS. We also had
school, served as event chair. very generous sponsors who provided the prizes, food
and rides for the Carnival. From packaging hamentashen,
face painting, collecting gift baskets and other raffle
prizes, and organizing the food service, wonderful
people were helping out. There were more volunteers at
the Carnival than I have room to mention here, but any
great team of people needs a true leader, and this year
our Purim Carnival leader was Kim Memar. Kim helped
to bring together all of the details, come up with new
ideas, and find ways to get around obstacles in order to
stay organized and make sure it all came together on the
day of the Carnival. We are compiling information from
this year’s carnival to keep on file in the Religious School
so that future carnivals will be just as successful, if not
even better! Thank you to everyone for coming to enjoy
our special day!

Randi, Shirley, Adi, Lara

Kim Memar
Photos by Ira Ellis Photography D.J. Sinai

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Education

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Temple News
Women’s League Spa Day - April 26!
by Brenda Katz Women of all ages are invited to
How fortunate I feel to represent 208 diverse women, all members of Women’s experience a journey to nourish your
League. After being given the opportunity to implement the TBS Gala on May body and soul at Temple Beth Sholom’s
17, and accepting the challenge, we soon learned that our WL has many talented, annual Women’s League Spa Day. The
creative and generous women who stepped up to the plate and said “Yes, I will”. theme for the day is “Treat Your Body as
These are women who redefine the word “busy” and yet we found that by working a Temple, Not an Amusement Park.” We
together, we can accomplish great and innovative things. Melanie Greenberg, WL will start the journey with our Yoga Guru,
Executive VP, has coordinated this effort. Goldie Amira, then relax and get in touch
In February, we held our first “East meets West Mah Jongg Tournament”, with our spirituality as Rabbi Goodman
deemed a success by everyone in attendance. Our Torah Fund Luncheon on shares “How to find your spiritual self in
February 15 was a stunning affair and attended by over 80 people. Both the Judaism”. This will be followed by a dip
honorees and the guests felt impressed by the detail to attention and the beautiful into a pool of experts discussing “If only
performance by Melanie Ron-Agatstein. Our Regional President, Marilyn I could get some sleep and understand
Berkowitz, and our Regional Torah Fund VP, Marjie Frimkess, flew in from L.A. what’s happening to my body and feel
just for the event. Before we could take a breath we had a second discussion of good about myself, my life would be
the book, “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee”. Facilitated by Rabbi Goodman, it perfect!” Then, take a break for a healthy
earned rave reviews. This book and other projects that WL will do this year will brunch, learn the latest on nutrition and
incorporate our Women2Women theme - a concept developed to help us reach end your day with a team of experts who
out, women to women, across the generations, ensuring that we each have a place will demonstrate “How to look your best
and a voice. in the body you have today.”
The month ended with the unique opportunity of hearing Karnit Goldwasser The cost of the event is $20 for WL
speak to us, sharing her moving and touching story in trying to find her kidnapped members and $25 for non-members.
husband, Israeli soldier, Ehud Goldwasser. She told us how, after two long years, There is also a special offer: Join WL on
his coffin was tragically returned to her and that she was grateful he could have Spa Day and be paid up through June 30,
the privilege of being buried in Israel. 2010 ($36 for TBS members and $50 for
March was busy because every year WL helps our Religious School implement non-members). New members will receive
its Purim Carnival. This year we tried to make it better suited for older kids as well a free book that will be discussed at future
Pre-school. Thanks to all those generous people who sponsored rides, bought programs; renewing members will receive
prizes and grilled hot dogs. the book at a 50% discount.
On May 31 Gustav will once again cater our annual Donor Luncheon. We hope Reservations are requested. For more
to have a special twist this year, so save the date and earn those Donor Points. information call the Temple office at
Everyday I wake up and think how lucky I am to represent 208 diverse women. (702) 804-1333 x100.
Let’s make it 225. I like round numbers. B’Shalom.

Nominating Committee Report


By Ed Kainen, Chair
The Nominating Committee has convened to select nominees for limited vacant positions on the Board of
Trustees for next year. If any Temple member, in “good standing” as defined in our By-Laws is interested in
being considered for nomination, please send your name, contact information including phone number and
reason for wanting to serve on the Board to TBSnominations@gmail.com by April 5. After the deadline has
passed and all of the nominations are reviewed, the committee will meet, narrow the nominations, conduct
interviews with some of the nominees, and then meet to make recommendations to the Temple Board and
eventually the congregation.

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Temple News
March of the Living Scholarships Announced
The Audrey Merkin Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the
selection of four Temple Beth Sholom member students for participation
in the “March of the Living” program:
Aaron Lapping, a student at the Adelson School
Rebekah Mastel, a student at Palo Verde High School
Ari Steinberg, a student at the Adelson School
Stacey Tarter, a student at the Adelson School
On April 28, our four students will travel with teens from the Las
Aaron Lapping Vegas B’nai Brith Youth Organization and join more than 8,000 Jewish Ari Steinberg
students from around the world in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The
March of the Living takes teens on a journey into Jewish history. They will
commemorate Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, during a
week in Poland and then fly to Israel to join the entire Jewish community
in celebrating the 60th Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.
Their stay in Poland and Israel will be one of contrast. In Poland they will
search for traces of a world that is no more. Joining with Jewish teens from
around the world in a “March of the Living”, they will march the three
kilometers from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp
built by the Nazis. In Israel they will visit a number of exciting locations
and ancient sites such as Jerusalem, Masada, and Tel Aviv, celebrating
Israel’s independence along with the entire country!
Rebekah Mastel Stacey Tarter
We eagerly look forward to their return and to hearing their stories
about this life changing experience.
Please join us at services on Friday, April 17, so we may bless them prior
to their departure.

Congregants participate in World Wide Wrap

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Temple News
L’DOR V’DOR - Making a Difference for Seniors
By Shel Kolner
L’Dor V’Dor continues to make an impact on seniors in the
Southern Nevada Valley. It is the premiere outreach program in
Southern Nevada and it does make a difference. The last event
was an early Purim party on February 24. There is nothing like
having 200 seniors in the Sanctuary and Social Hall all enjoying
our kids, as well as dancing and music presented by the Desert
Spurs and a great lunch catered by Gustav Mauler. I cannot
tell you how many people told me how much they enjoyed the
day out and were looking forward to the next one. Even while
waiting for their busses they were extolling the virtues of the
day. We really do make a difference.
Just for your information, doing a mitzvah has its perks –
especially with Mother Nature. At the last two events the sun
shined and the weather warmed up. Both the day before and
the day after the Hanukah event it snowed. But the day before
and after the Purim event it was cloudy and not so nice. Yet
the days of the two events were beautiful. Another example
- L’Dor V’Dor does make a difference.
Volunteers are still the backbone of our organization. If you
can spare a few hours every other month please call us: Lillian
Radomsky at (702) 942-3251 or (757) 581-6544 (cell) if you can
provide transportation for our guests: Karen Berke at (702)
341-5112 if you would like to volunteer in the Social Hall. You
can always call our Coordinator, Shel Kolner, at (702) 228-4744
or (702) 334-8914 (cell) for more details. If you would like to
enjoy our Passover event with us make your call now!
The Board of L’Dor V’Dor meets between events to critique
the previous event, plan the next one and set the dates for the
rest of the year. Our next events are:
April 14, 2009 – Passover
June 2, 2009 – Post – Shavuot
If you know of any senior who is homebound and could
benefit from this opportunity to socialize with othes, please call
L’Dor V’Dor coordinator, Shel Kolner at the numbers above or
the Temple office (702) 804-1333 x100. We’ll make sure they
receive invitations to the upcoming events.

Chesed Committee – By Anita Lewy


“The highest form of wisdom is kindness” (Talmud Brachot 17a)
The purpose of the Chesed committee is to visit our members in the hospital or rehabilitation center. We also keep in
touch with congregants for a week or two after they are released and return home. Finally, we telephone our members
if we know they are ill at home. However, we cannot fulfill our commitment if you do not call and let us know you are
ill or at the hospital. Please contact Carol Jeffries, assistant to our Rabbis and Cantor at (702) 804-1333 x104. It doesn’t
matter how many people call Carol – the important thing is to make sure she knows who is ill. The Chesed committee
and I have a good working relationship with her, and it is important that everyone keeps in touch.

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SAVE THE DATE
Temple Beth Sholom’s Gala
May 17, 2009
HONORING
District Judge Jackie Glass
& Councilman Steve Wolfson
Catered by Gustav’s Master Chef Catering

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isn’t there.” She always hesitated and said, “Let’s plan it. We’ll have all
week to look forward to it.” Usually by the time it rolled around, one
of us couldn’t go.”
“I have learned that silverware tarnishes when it isn’t used. Perfume
turns to alcohol and never smells as sweet as when it is used. Candles
melt in the attic over the summer. Plastic left on lamp shades to keep
off the dust makes them wrinkle, and ideas that are saved for a “dry
May 20, 2009
week” often become dated.
“I always had a dream that when I am asked to give an accounting of
my life to a higher court, it will go thusly: “So, empty your pockets. What
Temple
have you got left of your life? Any dreams that were unfulfilled? Any
unused talent that we gave you when you were born that you still have
left? Any unsaid compliments or bits of love that you haven’t spread
Beth Sholom
around?” And, I will answer, “I’ve nothing to return. I spent everything
you gave me. I’m as naked as the day I was born.”
She’d have made a wonderful rabbi.
Congregational
As we search the corners of our homes for the last crumbs of
hametz, let us search the corners of our hearts for the words of love
Meeting
and reconciliation we allowed to fall by the wayside. As we give to a
soup kitchen the food we’d always planned to prepare for family and
friends, or just for ourselves on some “special occasion,” let us search • Annual Report
for dreams and plans and projects and goals set aside for a “better
time.” It always feels so sad to assemble those bags of food we bought
• Budget Information
with such good intentions, and while someone will benefit from them, • Election of
we won’t. And if assembling bags of unused food produces regret,
how much more so to assemble bags of unused dreams, uncelebrated Board Members
moments, unexplored friendships.
On Pesach, Jewish children everywhere will chant Mah nishtanah
halayhla hazeh – May this be a year that is truly different from all
other years, a year when we learn to use up the blessings that are
ours, to enjoy the hours and days and months of our lives, forge
bonds with those we love, and begin to dust off our dreams creating
new realities.

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Princess Leia and Family

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B’nei Mitzvah
Mazal Tov Rachel Passer Mazal Tov
Wendy and Michael Passer are pleased
to announce the Bat Mitzvah of their
Arianna Bella Shapiro
daughter Rachel Erin on Saturday, April David, Ilana, Matthew and
4 at Temple Beth Sholom. Talia Shapiro are proud to
announce that Arianna Bella
Rachel is currently a 7th grade student Shapiro will be called to
at Fertitta Middle School where she is the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah
an honor student and active in the wind on May 23. Arianna is a
ensemble playing clarinet. straight A honor student at
In addition Rachel enjoys skiing, golf, Leavitt Middle School and
and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs. enjoys tap, hip hop, and
musical theatre. She is a lead
Friends and relatives are welcome to
dancer in Summerlin Dance
join us for the service beginning at 9:00
Academy’s production of
am and the Kiddush luncheon following.
Suessical. In addition to
dance and theatre, Arianna
is also a kick tuchas drummer!
Arianna loves to travel and last summer visited Ireland,
France and Holland. In addition, she loves to spend her
summers at Camp Alonim. Everyone is very proud of
the hard work that Arianna has done in preparation for
becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

ATTENTION
BAR/BAT MITZVAH
Blood Drive PARENTS!
Sunday, April 26 If you have a child who was born in 19
98,
and you have not met wi
in the th
schedule a Bar/Bat Mitz Rabbi Goodman to
vah date, please call
Multi-purpose Room Carol at x104.
If you would like a phot
o
to appear in the Bulletin and bio of your child
, you must send this
information eight weeks
in
date or it may not be po advance of the actual
ssible to publish this
information in time.
Please mail the bio with
a high resolution
.JPEG photo to:

bkesselman@bethsholom
lv.org

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Temple News
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM STUDENTS
DELIVER 2,000 BOOKS
TO VAIL PITTMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
About 30 Temple Beth Sholom students ranging from 5th through 7th
grades distributed over 2,000 painstakingly collected books to students at
Vail Pittman Elementary School. The event, which was scheduled to run
from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, drew a crowd of approximately 250 parents,
students, and teachers.
The event, part of the Kids4Kids program designed by Rabbi Adam
Watstein of Temple Beth Sholom, was recently accepted as part of the Clark
County School District Focus School Project which partners communities
with schools in order to bring additional resources and enrich the
educational experiences of at-risk students. Last night’s event was the
second in the program; last month, the two schools joined together for a
math night at which Temple Beth Sholom students delivered math flash
cards and math related games as well as their guidance to the younger
Pittman students. According to Pittman Principal David Frydman, “Our
goal has been to provide families and students strategies and tools that
can be used at home to promote reading and literacy.”
In addition to bringing the thousands of books, the Temple Beth
Sholom students also brought with them their love of reading and their
desire to share that passion with K through 5th grade Pittman students.
After a brief presentation by Pittman’s Literacy Specialist, the Beth
Sholom students took over occupying six activity rooms, each featuring a
different, specially designed reading and literacy clinic.
According to Rabbi Watstein, “this program was designed to allow kids
to reach out to other kids, sharing their knowledge, their skills, and their
passion for learning.”
Established in 1966, Vail Pittman Elementary School currently has
675 students and is located at 6333 Fargo Avenue which is near the
intersection of Torrey Pines and Washington.

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Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

7:00 PM
Monday, April 20
Midbar Kodesh Temple
1940 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson, NV 89012

Mary Johnson with Facing History discusses the voyage of the S.S. St. Louis and its legacy in the 21st Century.
Holocaust Art Exhibit by Robert Sutz - www.robertsutz.com

This project is funded through a grant from The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.
It is also sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern Nevada, Nevada Governor’s Advisory Council
on Education Regarding the Holocaust and the Holocaust Survivor’s Group of Southern Nevada
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Tributes
RABBI’S Estelle Weiss’ Birthday JUDY & RONALD
Paula, Bob, Alyssa &
DISCRETIONARY Evan Krentzel MACK SCHOOL OF
FUND Martin Weiss’ Birthday
RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Justin Diamond In Honor of:
Sally & Dick Eskenazi Paula, Bob, Alyssa & Sari & Tony Dennis on
Eileen & Marvin Fishman Evan Krentzel daughter Rachel becoming
In Honor of: Estelle & Martin Weiss’ 62nd a Bat Mitzvah
Faye Steinberg’s Birthday Wedding Anniversary Lillian & Mike Radomsky
Elaine & Irv Steinberg Paula, Bob, Alyssa & Lillian Kronberg’s Birthday
Evan Krentzel Judy & Ron Mack
An Aliyah:
Samuel Rosen Thank you: Cheryl & Carl Ross on
Sam Showel Guy Nanin daughter Lillian becoming
Eleanor Wilchins Miriam Sharp a Bat Mitzvah
Thank you: Marc Frye Lillian & Mike Radomsky
Adrienne & Victor Dabah Nadolyn & Kenny Karchmer In Memory of:
Rabbi Goodman for your Rabbi Watstein for your Joel Jones
blessing on my birthday kindness & caring Esther Frankenstein
Miriam Sharp Fran Levien CHESED COMMITTEE
Rabbi Goodman for Rabbi Watstein for your In Honor of:
your visits & good wishes visits & good wishes during Anita Lewy
during my hospital stay my hospital stay Irving Herman
Irving Steinberg Irving Steinberg Thank you:
Misheberach: Misheberah: Ellen Ploesch for your visit &
Maxine Bendelac Miriam Sharp telephone calls representing
In Memory of: the Chesed Committee
In Memory of: Anita Lewy
Barbara Kowlowitz Alfred Winczer
Bobbee Finkel Anna Sommer Winczer HEATHER SAXE
Lillian Radomsky
Anna Rosen Saruka SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Samuel Rosen CANTOR’S In Memory of:
Max Showel DISCRETIONARY Brooke Alexander
Anita Lewy
Charlotte & Sam Showel FUND
In Honor of: Eileen Baron
RABBI’S Betsi & David Steinberg’s Felice & Joshua Saxe
TZEDAKAH FUND Anniversary Ilanit & Michael Saxe
Deborah Berlinger Faye & Dr. Leon Steinberg Lawrence Newman
Haifa Restaurant Marcy & Steve Saxe
SOLOMON
ASSIST. RABBI’S SCHECHTER DAY Josephine Rogers
DISCRETIONARY Joshua & Michael Saxe
SCHOOL
FUND Daniel Miller LAWRENCE A. SCULLY
In Honor of: In Memory of: LIBRARY FUND
Harold Goldwasser on your Manuel Eizelman In Honor of:
second Bar Mitzvah Dana & Joel Wallace Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Jablon
Estelle & Martin Weiss on the birth of Aubrey Jablon
Ethel Mittenthal

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Tributes
L’DOR V’DOR GENERAL FUND Samuel Best
Gloria Bransky Barbara & Matt Kelly Shirley Kravitz
Maxine Bendelac David Lessnick Abraham Blum
Ruth Broads Scott Shay Sylvia Schwartzer
Aaron Cantor Betsi & David Steinberg
June Colodny Leon Brock
Thank you: Lucia Feit
Fran Diamond Suzanne Steinberg & Sam
Mildred Gerson Green for your love & support Frank Brown
Adele Kadans Irving Steinberg Rose Raphael
Harry Kogan Jocelyn Bursten
Jacqueline & Shel Kolner Betsi & David Steinberg
for your love & support Andrew Bursten
Fay & Julius Kushner
Racine & Gerry Murdock Irving Steinberg John G. Celata
Doris Scheer Faye & Dr. Leon Steinberg Lilyan Celata
Miriam Shientag for your love & support Arlene Chaplin
Shirley Smoler Irving Steinberg Ben Chaplin
Lois & Morton Utah In Memory of: Shirley Chaplin
In Honor of: Esther Eskenazi Sidney Chaplin
Frank Horwitz’s 75th Birthday Sally & Dick Eskenazi Shirley Chaplin
Sheila & Jay Gershman Rae Glick Randi & Adi Matushevitz
Ellis Landau on the Evelyn & Leon Goldstein Alexander Coblentz, M.D.
52nd anniversary of your Sol Mann Thelma Coblentz
Bar Mitzvah Elaine & Irv Steinberg Suzanne & Alan Feld
Ruth Goldfarb Eva Colodny
Shefigh Sofer
Ann Schwartz’ 90th Birthday Dee & Fred Berkley June Colodny
Sheila & Jay Gershman Max Denker
Ida Stern
In Memory of: Ella & Ludwig Bauer Sheila Stewart
Eric Mayer Marion Devore
Ella & Ludwig Bauer Emma Rit Uskali
Alexandria & James Pham Edward & Estelle Lee Devore
Ruth Goldfarb
Elaine, Howard & Holly Jacobs Grace Don
YAHRZEIT/ Barbara Don
WARSAW MEMORIAL FUND Irene Dwosh
MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of: Marcy & Jack Simon
In Honor of: Bernard Bajardi
Janice & Fred Victorson Eva Edison
Lil Glicken’s Birthday Merle Mitzmacher
Kathy & Moe Menasche Frieda Barkan
Mary & Barry Barkan Sylvia Ehrlich
Lillian Kronberg’s Birthday Gladyce & Marty Ehrlich
Lil Glicken Mary R. Barron
Kathy & Moe Menasche Phyllis Barron Starr Carrie Ellis
Racine & Gerry Murdock
Speedy Recovery: Fannie Berger
Irving Steinberg, glad Moe J. Berger Ben Engel
you are feeling better Natalie & Artie Berger Philip & Jerry Engel
Lil Glicken Jack Entratter
Ida Berger
In Memory of: Samuel Berger Michele Entratter Wolkoff
Rebeccah Glicken Florence & Irving Berger Maude Feld
Lil Glicken Suzanne & Alan Feld
Nathan Berkley
Dee & Fred Berkley
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Tributes
Henry Flank James V. Grippo Emanuel Kulwin
Brenda & Michael Flank Roslyn Smolen Albert A. Kulwin
Avis M. Fletcher-Lasky Martin Hager Moe Lederer
Marshall Lasky Samuel Hager Debbie Lederer
Evelyn Flynn Shirley Chaplin Wilbur A. Lee
Mary & Barry Barkan Henry Harrison Lois Lee
Andrea Franchi Dee & Fred Berkley Tillie Biener Leeder
Barbara Molasky Frances Harvey Adelle Gersten
Clary & Rob Mendez Marlene & Maury Jones Yetta Leitner
Lauren & Kalani Wright Pauline Herman Murray Leitner
Lilli Frank Rubin Herman Anne Warshaw Lewison
David Peikin Irving Herman Max Lewison
Jack I. Friedman Stephen Herzlich Lorraine & Bob Lewison
Leah Nevis Friedman Harold Herzlich Benjamin Lipton
Sally Venger Benjamin Horowitz Susan & Alan Garber
Robert L. Frost Nancy Horowitz Annie Bessie Loban
Roni & Randy Tarr & Family Rose Hyzen Dave Loban
Michael Fuhrman Howard Hyzen Glenn Lockwood
Melita Fuhrman Vickter Rose Indig Sandra Lockwood
Frank Galsky David Peikin Dennis Mack
Yvette & Dale Galsky William Jaffa Judy & Ron Mack
Lillian Garber Elaine Klain Audrey Merkin
Susan & Alan Garber Benjamin Jones Eunice, Albert, Ellen
Hyman Genzer Marlene & Maury Jones & Joseph Merkin
Terri Wilensky-Genzer Hyman Kahn Ruth Miller
& Robert Genzer Priscilla Schwartz-Hodes Elaine & Irv Steinberg
Sylvia Gersten George Katz Louis Molasky
Geraldine Fischer Nathan Katz Susan Molasky
Sadie Glick Mimi Katz & Family Harry Neistadt
Fred Glick Charles Kaufman Ellen Ploesch & Family
Frances Goldstein Rose Kaufman Max Phillips
Irving Herman Irene & Herb Kaufman Lily Phillips
Max Gordon Ida Beatrice Kishner Oliver Pocras
Reba Gordon Saiger Irwin Kishner & Family Joyce & Ken Pocras
Beatrice Gostinsky Terry Chia Tobu Konowalow Lila Popkin
Terri Wilensky-Genzer Kathy & Stephen Konowalow Karen & Matthew Popkin
& Robert Genzer Albert Koulange Max Post
Hadassah Gottesman Ethel Koulange Pat & Don Gordon
Dorrita & Uriel Gottesman Ann Kronberg Leo Rabin
Bess Gould Aron Kronberg Barbara & Bernard Fruchter
Roy Gould Henry Kronberg
Theodore Richard
Marilyn Bulmash Leib Krumkop Cheryl Richard
Frances Greenfield Arieh Krumkop Larry Richard
June Colodny

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Tributes
Rabbi Jacob Richman Esther Rachel Shaikin Harriet Straus
Barbara & Phineas Richman Lillian Shaikin Jack Straus
Bernice Rosalimsky Elliot Shaikin Adele Hazan Stuart
Diane, Stewart Jennie Shulman Lovee Arum
& Steven Rosalimsky Debbie Lederer Meyer Tobian
Betty Rosencrantz Martin Silkes Joyce & Jeff Tobian
Lynn & Arne Rosencrantz Hyman Silkes Abe Toscher
Sol Rosengarten Evelyn Silver Gerry Toscher
Dr. Albert & Nancy Rosten Meyer Silver Pearl Venger
Miriam Rosenthal Sharon Rosenberg Sally Venger
Linda & Leonard Eckhaus Fannie Silvert Edward Victorson
Molly Rothman Rosalie & Orin Lazer & Family Janice & Fred Victorson
Lee Rothman Evelyn Simon Irving Waxman
Rose Rudolf Marcy & Jack Simon Rene Marino
Clarice Kirsch William Sincoff Shirley Weiss
Lil Rush Judith Sincoff Morrison Marlene & Maury Jones
Adrienne & Stacy Rush Bradley, Rebecca Seymour Wittenberg
Peter Sachs & Elizabeth Snyder Sydelle & Joel Markowitz
Anita Lewy Sandy & Marvin Snyder
Anna Tamaroff Witzel
Miriam Salem Gertrude Springberg Betty Schwartz
Jeffrey Starr Sol Springberg
Nancy & Jerry Springberg Max Wiviott
Al Salton Sharon & Robert Wiviott
Adele Baratz Ruth Steinberg
Norma J. Wilensky
Ruth Ann Schlom
Naomi & Art Sloan Isadore Stern
Joseph Stern
Howard Schwartzer Dr. Albert & Nancy Rosten
The Schwartzer Family
Sam Stevens
Jennie Serether Laura Rinzler
Geraldine Toscher

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Temple Beth Sholom Gala
Scroll of Honor
Honoring
District Court Judge Jackie Glass &
City Councilman Steve Wolfson
May 17, 2009 at Temple Beth Sholom
“Liberty and Justice For All”
SPONSORS * SUPPORTERS
EVENT SPONSOR:  
† U.S. Supreme Court $25,000 † NV District Court (Includes 4 tickets) $5,000
Will be listed on the invitation and other  
print materials, includes table of 10 † Justice Court (Includes 2 tickets) $2,500
ADDITIONAL SPONSORSHIPS:
† U.S. Court of Appeals $10,000 † Municipal Court $1,000
(Includes table of 10)
† U.S. District Court $ 7,000 † City Hall $ 500
(Includes table of 10)
All Sponsors and Supporters will be listed
* All SPONSOR levels include the option of a in the Scroll of Honor.
full color page ad honoring the Wolfsons projected
throughout the evening on a large monitor. (Individual tickets: $250)

SCROLL OF HONOR DEADLINE: APRIL 20, 2009


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Farewell

Honoring Cantor
Daniel Friedman
May 1, 2009 - 5:45 pm
Catered by Master Chef Gustav Mauler

Call office to reserve


your spot with a credit card
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the dinner date.

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April 2009 Nisan / Iyar 5769
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

7:30 PM 9:00 AM
1 2 Kabbalat 3 Bat Mitzvah 4
Shabbat with Rachel Passer
Ruach
Ensemble

6:45 pm

7 Nisan 8 Nisan 9 Nisan 10 Nisan


9:00 AM
5 6 7 8 9 Passover 10 11
12:00 PM - Services
1:00 PM 6:30 PM 9:00 AM Friday Nite Kids 9:00 AM
Rabbi’s Community Passover 6:15-7:00 PM Shabbat
Lunch ‘n’ Seder Services 7:30 PM Services
Learn Kabbalat Shabbat
Office Closed Office Closed

6:51 pm
11 Nisan 12 Nisan 13 Nisan 14 Nisan 15 Nisan 16 Nisan 17 Nisan
9:00 AM
12 13 14 15 16 17 Bar Mitzvah18
Zachary Singer
12:00 PM - 11:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 7:30 PM
1:00 PM L’Dor Passover Passover Kabbalat 9:30 AM -
Rabbi’s V’Dor Services Services Shabbat 10:30 AM
Lunch ‘n’ Family Service
Learn
Office Closed Office Closed 6:30 PM
Bat Mitzvah
6:57 pm Jenny Rozental

18 Nisan 19 Nisan 20 Nisan 21 Nisan 22 Nisan 23 Nisan 24 Nisan


12:00 PM - 5:30 PM 9:00 AM
19 1:00 PM 20 21 22 23 Shabbat in 24 Bat Mitzvah25
Rabbi’s the Hood Alexandra
Lunch ‘n’ Training Springberg
Learn Yom HaShoah
7:30 Kabbalat
7:00 PM Yom Shabbat
HaShoah @
Midbar Kodesh
7:03 pm
25 Nisan 26 Nisan 27 Nisan 28 Nisan 29 Nisan 30 Nisan 1 Iyar
9:00 AM -
1:00 PM 26 27 28 28 30
Blood Drive
12:00 PM -
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Women’s Rabbi’s
League Spa Day Lunch ‘n’
Learn

2 Iyar 3 Iyar 4 Iyar 5 Iyar 6 Iyar


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Non-Profit Org.
Clergy & Staff U.S. Postage
PAID
Rabbi Permit No. 171
Felipe Goodman - x104 Las Vegas, NV
rabbi@bethsholomlv.org

Asst. Rabbi
Adam Watstein - x104 10700 HAVENWOOD LANE
LAS VEGAS, NV 89135
rabbiadam@bethsholomlv.org

Cantor
Daniel Eli Friedman - x104
cantor@bethsholomlv.org

Asst. to Rabbi and Cantor


Carol Jeffries - x104
cjeffries@bethsholomlv.org

Executive Director
Bruce Kesselman - x133
bkesselman@bethsholomlv.org

Director of Education
Jon Mitzmacher - x115
jmitzmacher@bethsholomlv.org

Asst. Director of Religious


School & Adult Education
Yonina Schnee - x122
yschnee@bethsholomlv.org The Board of Directors
Director of Early
Childhood Education
2008-2009
Jennifer Zukowski - x113
jzukowski@bethsholomlv.org Officers
President Dr. David Steinberg
Controller
First Vice President Priscilla Schwartz-Hodes
Phyllis Margolis - x101
pmargolis@bethsholomlv.org Second Vice President Sara Mason
Treasurer Ellis Landau
Director of Security Secretary Ed Kainen
Daniel “D.J.” Sinai - x108
dsinai@bethsholomlv.org Immediate Past President Edward Seltzer

Facilities Manager President Emerita Sandra Mallin


Beth Lourcey - x110 Directors
blourcey@bethsholomlv.org
Jeremy Bach Joel Mann
Marketing Specialist Abbie Friedman Blanche Meisel
Karen Boyarsky - x129
kboyarsky@bethsholomlv.org Ivy Gage Dan Miller
Harvey Gitel Dr. Steve Saxe
Receptionist Dr. Adam Schwartz
Myrna Hills - x100
mhills@bethsholomlv.org Honorary Board Member Sharon Sigesmund Pierce
Women’s League Brenda Katz
Office: (702) 804-1333
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