Final NEW-YEAR Bulletin 2011.indd - Touro Synagogue

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Final NEW-YEAR Bulletin 2011.indd - Touro Synagogue

High Holy Day ProgramsStephen Sauer, S.J.Shabbat Shuvah 5772Sabbath of Return and ReectionFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30“CATHOLICISM UNPLUGGEDSpirituality and Sensibility”Evening Services ~ 6:00 pmOneg Buffet with Guest Speaker, Stephen Sauer, S.J. ~7 :15 pmRSVP to Arlean 895-4843; afermanis@tourosynagogue.comYOM KIPPURAfternoon Study & ReflectionYom Kippur Day, October 8, 2:00pmTurning, Returning, Emerging:Teshuvah Then and NowStudent Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer will leadus in an in-depth look at repentance in therabbinic tradition.High Holy Days for TotsPlease join us for our interactiveROSH HASHANAH & YOM KIPPUR TOT SERVICESFor children ages birth through seven and their parents.ROSH HASHANAH TOT SERVICESEPTEMBER 29, 9:00 AMYOM KIPPUR TOT SERVICEOCTOBER 8, 9:00 AMCome enjoy the music, stories, and prayers for our special Tot High Holy Day Services.Enjoy the sweet taste of apples, and the lessons to be learnedabout being kinder and more patient this coming year, 5772.3


SUKKOT USHPIZINChanukah mitzvah, SundayOctober 16, 9:00 am, at theMETAIRIE JCC.Wrap gifts for the Gift Wrap-a-Thon and have a rockin’ goodtime with Dan Nichols as hestops in New Orleans on hisROAD TO EDEN,SOUTHERN SUKKOT TOUR.SukkotSUKKOT USHPIZINWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 5:30 pmUPTOWN HEBREW welcomes ALL to the SUKKAHUshpizin are guests symbolically invited to our Sukkah each night of thefestival. Traditionally those invited include: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph,Moses, Aaron, and David. But on Wednesday, October 12, Uptown Hebrewwants to welcome our own special guests to the Sukkah for dinner.Please join all Hebrew students and their parents for dinner as we beginthe celebration of Sukkot. Our Uptown Hebrew students will lead us inthe blessings. We encourage you all to invite special guests from your life– including those who have never visited or eaten in a Sukkah before.DINNER WILL BE CASUAL AND EATEN OUTDOORSRESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7Call 895-4843 or email mona@tourosynagogue.comwith the number attending and the names of your guestsSUKKOT SERVICE STUDYThursday October 13, 10:30 amsukkot evening program & entertainmentsukkot evening program & entertainmentkomenka ethnic dance & music ensembleFriday, October 14following 6:00pm Shabbat Evening ServicesRecognized for their dynamic and colorful performances, Komenka presents dances fromaround the world. The program includes selections from Europe, Asia and the Americas.MUSIC AND MITZVAH COME TOGETHER!SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16DAN NICHOLS CONCERT11:00 am9:00 am - 4:00 pm4


Simchat TorahSIMCHAT TORAH EVENING SERVICECelebrate Simchat Torahwith thePANORAMA JAZZ BANDWednesday, October 195:30 pm ~ Dinner will be served6:00 pm ~ Simchat Torah ServiceTS Eliot wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration/ and the end of all our exploring/ will be to arrive where we started/ andknow the place for the first time.” (Little Gidding). Each year the cycle of Torah reading ends and begins on the same day, and weare invited to come to it with new eyes and new ears and know it as if for the first time.On Wednesday, October 19, we will celebrate the ending and the beginning of the Torah with music and dance, with joy andreverence as we unroll the sacred Torah together. Please join us.SIMCHAT TORAH withYIZKOR MEMORIAL SERVICEThursday October 20, 10:30 amPlease join us as we observe Simchat Torah.The Yizkor (Memorial) Prayer Service will be recited.If you have names you would like read during the service, please submit themto Arlean: afermanis@tourosynagogue.com, or call 895-4843.Please submit the names by Tuesday, October 18, 2011High Holy Days Food Collectionto benefit SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF GREATER NEW ORLEANShttp://no-hunger.org/Second Harvest is in need of basic food staples:Canned meals, stew, canned meats and fish,rice, beans, and peanut butter.Pick up a bag on ROS H HASH A N A HReturn the filled bag on YO M KI PPU RThe Second Harvest truck will be parked outside from9:45 - 10:45 am to accept our donations.It would be great if they had to make two trips to pick up our food!1 in 8 peoplestruggle with hungerin our area:80,000 children40, 000 seniorsIf you would like to make a donation in honor of the Touro Yom Kippur food drive, please contact Lacey Momic,Director of Development at Second Harvest: 504.729.6332.5


ProgramsPeace in our lifetime ... is it even possible?Scholar-in-ResidenceEthan Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D.Dec. 9-11, 2011FRIDAY NIGHT, DEC. 9“Scientific Approach to Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”The long view: Is there hope for peace in our lifetimes?SATURDAY MORNING TORAH STUDY, DEC. 10“The Economics of Religion”Trying to understand the relationship between terrorism and religion.SATURDAY EVENING, DEC. 10“Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and America”Counterterrorism in the post-9/11 worldEthan Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D.Ethan Bueno de Mesquita is a professor in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, and co-directorof the Program on Political Institutions. He is an applied game theorist whose research focuses on political violence—terrorismand insurgency—and on democratic accountability. Bueno de Mesquita’s current research focuses on rebel tactics. Bueno deMesquita previously taught in the department of political science at Washington University in St. Louis, and was a Lady DavisFellow in political science and visiting fellow in the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Judaism and NatureFRIDAY NIGHT, FEB. 3: TuB’Shevat Seder and Dinner with guest speakerGabe will lead us in a demonstration of the connections between Jewish life andnature. Audience participation is a must!Scholar-in-ResidenceGabe Goldman, Ph.D.Feb. 3-5, 2012SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 4:00-5:30pm: A Hands-on Family Program at the Park“Mah Rabu Ma-asekah…Discovering the Awe and Wonder in Nature”A hands on experience open to all but geared to participants ages 7 and up. Theprogram will end with Havdalah as Gabe rubs sticks together to create the fire.SUNDAY, FEB. 5: B’YACHAD – grades 7 – 9“Jewish Survivor-man Program: Fire in Jewish Tradition”At the Park during religious school hours.Gabe Goldman, Ph.D.Dr. Gabe Goldman, Director of Experiential Education and Service Learning at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles,CA, is nationally known for developing JENE (Jewish Experiential and Nature Education). Author of, The Guide for the SpirituallyPerplexed: A Jewish Meditation Primer, Gabe has also published many articles, children’s stories and religious school curricula.Gabe has worked in Jewish education for over four decades, holds a PhD in Multi-Cultural Education, acquired his Jewish text skillsat the Yeshiva of the Bostonner Rebbe and learned ancient wilderness survival and healing skills from Native Americans.6


ShabbatonJanuary 21, 2012A Sabbath of Complete RestRest ... Be still ... Relax ... IndulgeA full Shabbat experiencewith prayer, food, music, and delight.Come and discover what a full day Sabbath feels like.Can you even imagine?January 21, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Ending with soulful Havdalahwith Rabbi BerkAll ages, post-Confirmation, welcome.Bring your partner, your sibling, your friend,your son or daughter.Bring yourself . . . Spend the day.Rosh ChodeshT’fi llah Sunrise!Morning prayer to mark the beginning ofa new month on the Jewish CalendarJoin us in a sunrise experienceof prayer and stillness.Each month will have a theme and areflection for the upcoming month.Open yourself to a spiritual rhythm in touchwith the Jewish calendar.All are welcome to join usfrom 7:30 - 8:30 amon the following dates:Th. Oct. 27, Tu. Nov 29, Tu. Jan. 24,Th. Feb. 23, Th. March 22,Tu. April 24, Tu. May 22.Irina MishuraFRIDAY,OCTOBER 286:00 pm - Shabbat Service6:45 pm -Oneg Buffet7:15 pm- Musical EntertainmentAn Evening of SongFeaturing: Irina Mishuraacclaimed mezzo-soprano star of the Metropolitan Opera,La Scala and Covent GardenJesse Reeks, pianowithCantor Jamie Marxand special guests Cantor Joel Colman and Tyler SmithGuest lecture by George DanskerTo plan for our delicious Oneg Buffetwe request an RSVP to Arlean 895-4843;afermanis@tourosynagogue.com7


ACADEMY OF THE SOULoffering meditation, yoga, and creative prayer interpretationLED BY RABBI BERK, CANTOR MARX, AND TAMAR STARCKThe group will experience quiet, meditative exercisesto nourish the soul and mind.Open to teens in grades 9th and 10th during religious schooland adults who are interested.The schedule will rotate between the various offerings (see below) .Check the Religious School Monday Memo or weeklyTouro TMail for any changes.October 16, YogaNovember 20, YogaDecember 4, MeditationCLASS SCHEDULEJanuary 8, YogaJanuary 22, MidrashApril 1, MidrashApril 22, MidrashTOURO SYNAGOGUE SISTERHOOD SPONSORS TWO ENRICHMENT PROGRAMSOPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY: TEA AND TALMUD & PRAYER OF THE MONTHPrayer of the MonthEach session will look closely at one of the prayers we experience regularly at Shabbat services.- What does it mean? - What are the different interpretations?- Where did it come from? - How do the melodies illuminate the- Why do we recite it?importance of the prayer?- How does the prayer relate to our lives today?Discussion and debate, explanation and extrapolation.Each session is an individual topic. Come to one or all.Sessions will start at noon in the Mautner Learning Center with the first session on October 27.From November through May sessions, will be on the third Thursday of each month:November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19 and May 17.Bring your own lunch, soft drinks provided.TEA AND TALMUDHave you always wondered what is in the Talmud?Come share in the exploration of some of the mostbeautiful, complex teachings in Jewishtradition over a delightful cupof afternoon tea.Tuesdays at 2:00pm – Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 14, March 13, April 10, May 8.Come join us! Contact Arlean to register – afermanis@tourosynagogue.com9


Cantor Jamie Marx rocks it out at ourAugust Tot Shabbat.Tot Shabbat Rocks!Saturdays~ ONCE A MONTH9:30 –10:10amJoin us for an interactive Shabbat experience for babies, tots,toddlers, and pre-school aged childrenaccompanied by their parents.A hands-on approach to the Synagogue, Holidays,the Torah, and Jewish joy.There is always room for more – so bring a friend.Come play with us on the following dates:SATURDAYS: October 15, November 19, January 21,February 11, April 21, May 19& Sunday, December 18 - PreK & Tot Chanukah PartyWednesday, March 7 - Purim SpielContact Mona to be put on the reminder list895-4843; mona@tourosynagogue.comA Very Special Shabbat ProgramIt’s Going to be Fabulous ~ It’s Going to be Standing Room OnlyTouro Synagogue’s21 stAnnualst AnnualJAZZ FEST SHABBATFriday, April 27th201211


Lifecycle/CelebrationsSHABBAT CLUBPRE BAR/BAT MITZVAHSTUDENTSBAR & BAT MITZVAH5771Mazel Tovto the following students who becameBar and Bat Mitvah in the previous year:If you have a son or daughter who is just one year away fromtheir Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please have them join us at 9:45 amon the following Saturdays, when they will assist the Rabbiand Cantor in leading Morning Services.October 22November 5December 17January 7, 28February 25March 31April 14, 28May 5Contact Arlean Fermanis for more details:895-4843 or afermanis@tourosynagogue.comEmma Alexandra BarronMegan Nicole RittenbergSamuel Matthew LauferAlex Morais AbramsonSamuel Evan BaumAnd a very special “Thank You” toDr. Bernard Jaffe, for his ongoing commitment toteaching Torah to our children.JEWISH JOURNEYERSA New Program For Those Considering ConversionHave you been thinking about the possibility of conversion to Judaism?Do you know someone who might be interested in becoming Jewish?The Jewish Journeyers program, designed by Rabbi Berk and Rabbi Loewy,is a vehicle to help those who are embarking on this particular journey.Beginning in September and continuing into May, participants will meet approximately twice a month-- once with Rabbi Berk on a Saturday morning at Touro Synagogue and once with Rabbi Loewy ona Tuesday evening at Gates of Prayer -- and will discuss the multiple facets of what it means to beJewish. Along with experiential moments, outside reading and some formal learning, this program willhelp guide those who are seeking a home in Judaism. Welcome!To participate in the program, contact Arlean at 895-4843, or afermanis@tourosynagogue.com.12


ConsecrationSUNDAY, OCTOBER 16DURING RELIGIOUS SCHOOLWelcome to our newestReligious School studentsHonoring our Kindergarten studentsas they begin their formalJewish education.Belle Adelman CannonCharlotte AdlerElla DensenJacob GuichetIsaac JabaleyPace KoppelAlex LupinNico LupinRiley RuthClaire AhlquistSuzy AscuittoJonathan BuschElla DensenCharlie FingerTeo HammerDorie HoffmanJake IsenbergPace KoppelAlex LupinNico LupinAri MontanoRiley RuthJulien WeinerEllie ZurikMAZEL TOV ON THE BIRTH OF THE FOLLOWING BABIES THIS PAST YEAR, 5771Ayden Reece Reinlieb... son of Chantal Kullman and Dave ReinliebGabriella Madison Fields...daughter daughter of Shelly and Andrew FieldsHolden deBlanc Jacob ... son of Monique and Paul JacobLillie Rose Pasternack... daughter of Lindsay and Joe Pasternack IIIgranddaughter of Sarah and Joe Pasternack, Jr.Ella Jane Romero ... daughter of Katie Lasky and Andrew RomeroMeredith Louise Washko...granddaughter of Patsy KanterLailah Elizabeth Greenbride...daughter of Gretchen and Ezra GreenbrideBlaise & Asher Schwam ...sons of Danielle Nice and Nathan Schwam, grandsons ofRuth and Stanley SchwamElsie Lill Mintz...granddaughter of Susan and Byron Kantrowgreat granddaughter of Leona ShlosmanHarper Ruth Africk... granddaughter of Diane Africk, granddaughter of Lance Africk,great granddaughter of Celia KatzA Blessing for your Birthday!On the first Friday of every month we have a birthday blessing duringShabbat Evening Services for all birthdays in that month.Our next Birthday blessing will be onFriday, October 14that the 6:00pm Shabbat Evening ServicesJust come to services, no RSVP necessaryWe’d love to wish you a Happy Birthday!13


Henry S. JacobsSummer Camp, 2011Emma & friend: Session II, TalmidimDavid’s first Camp Shabbat: Session II, MaskilimBelow: YehudaSession I, GarinNina, Rachel & Ella with their bunkmates:Session II, GarinHannah, Sarah & Eve waitfor the gates to openPJ, Shafir, & Danielshare fun in Session II, MaskilimDrewMaddie: Session I, GarinSeth enjoying Camp food, Session Ihttp://jacobs.urjcamps.orgJessicaSession II, TalmidimHOW TO GET TO CAMP NEXT SUMMER• ATTEND THE CAMP PRESENTATION AT TOURO ON DECEMBER 11, 2011• APPLY SOON -- REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN -- FORMS ON-LINEFirst time campers are eligible for scholarships through the JewishEndowment Foundatiopn, generously funded by the Goldring Foundation.16


Touro TeensBrett Davis’ house17


Touro Teens experience Israel, Summer 2011Lee Rittenberg IIIlays Tefillin at the Western WallTrip to Israel scholarships are available through theJewish Endowment, generously funded by the Edieand Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Experience. Asavings plan and subsidy is available through theJewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.Brett Davis and Laura Nussdorf enjoy the beautifuland varied landscape of Israel on the NFTY Dor L’dor tripLimmud means learning, and LimmudFest is a celebration of Jewish learning andcommunity. This festival, organized and run entirely by volunteers, is part of theinternational Limmud movement, and brings together local Jews of all ages,interests, and denominations for a weekend of learning and fun.LimmudFest New Orleans2012will offer nearly 90 sessions:A Festival of LearningSaturday, March 10& Sunday, March 11, 2012Tulane UniversityMusic, Dance, Kosher Food, Text Study, Art, Spirituality, Israel, Culture,Social Action, Jewish History, Networking,Children’s Programming and Babysitting also available.At LimmudFest, there are no teachers—only learners who present and thenattend a session to learn from someone else.Everyone has something to teach and something to learn.To learn more about LIMMUDFEST New Orleans 2012, or to sign up to volunteer,please email: info@limmudfestnola.org, and check outthe website at www.limmudnola.org.18


SisterhoodEnrichmentSisterhood, a confluence of old and new, traditional and ground breaking, familiar and intriguing. Please join us throughout theyear as we break the fast, celebrate the holidays, learn Talmud, support youth and education, help maintain Touro and provide yetanother opportunity for cammeraderie and leadership.To contact us please email tourosisterhood@gmail.com or call Stacey Weinreb @ 504/835-1586.May this Season of renewal bring you peace and clarity of purpose.L’Shanah Tovah!Stacey Weinreb, Sisterhood PresidentStationery &InvitationsEach order enjoys a 20% discount.Make an appointment; come look through our booksCall or email Lauren Greenberg(319-7310; laurengreenberg@cox.to schedule an appointment.Sisterhood Judaica ShopFeaturing an outstanding array of Judaica. A sweetway to bring High Holiday beauty into your home.Shop Sundays during Religious School or by appointment.Your purchases support YOUR SisterhoodContact Chris Kahn ~zahava13@hotmail.comVOLUNTEERS NEEDED~ Contact Chris KahnSisterhood Eventsother than those listed elsewhere on this page10/8/11 6:00 pm Break the Fast10/23/11 TBD Combined Sisterhood Event12/18/11 10:30 am Tot Chanukah Party12/25/11 TBD Chanukah Family Fun1/27/12 6:00 pm Sisterhood Shabbat3/6/12 TBD Member Appreciation party4/1/12 10:15 am Model Seder4/7/12 6:00 pm Second Night Seder6/10/12 TBD End of Year Event and InstallationSISTERHOOD HOLIDAY BAZAARSUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 201110am-4pmVendors from around the city will be on sitefor your holiday gift shopping needs.Are you a vendor? Do you know vendors whomay want to participate?Please contact Rachel Zoller atrachel.zoller@gmail.com for more information.TOURO SYNAGOGUE SISTERHOOD IS AGAIN SPONSORING TWO ENRICHMENT PROGRAMSOpen to all synagogue membersFor details see page 9Prayer of the MonthSynagogue prayers,where do they come from?Why do we recite them?Once a month we will look at a different prayer.TEA AND TALMUDHave you always wondered what is in the Talmud?Join us for Tea and Exploration.21


TOURO BOOK CLUBUnder the auspices of the Touro Synagogue Sisterhood, a bookdiscussiongroup meets five times a year and is open to all womenin the greater New Orleans community, whether Jewish or not.The informal discussions are led by volunteers from within thegroup on a rotating basis. The club meets in the Mautner LearningCenter at Touro Synagogue on the 4th Monday of August,October, January, March, and May from 10:30 a.m. until noon.There will also be a “lagniappe” meeting in the summer of 2012.Upcoming meetings are as follows:* October 24 - Room by Emma Donoghue(Theone Perloff, leader)* January 23 - Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean byEdward Kritzler (Mary McCormick, leader)* March 26 - In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson(Maxine Goodman, leader)A limited number of copies will be available in the Judaica Shop.Call Marjorie Weiner at 398-1669 or email mgweiner@aol.com tobe put on the reminder list or to receive more information.BrotherhoodTouro Brotherhood continues its active and eclectic programming. Consider joining us for one or more of ourspectacular and often great tasting adventures:• October 26th - Brotherhood Night at the Movies• November - Our “Food Crafts in the Kitchen” series continues with Adrianpresenting the art of breadmaking, because pickles and honey just aren’tenough. This will include a demonstration on baking rye bread at home, theold way (without a fancy shmancy bread machine).• December - The “Great Latke Cook-Off”. Do you have the best latke recipein the world? Do you have something unique? How about your condiments?Here is your chance to prove that you are the best. Our judges will decidewho has the best latkes and toppings, based on a few different categories.• January 22nd - There will be a MEN’S HEALTH FAIR at Temple Sinai,co-sponsored by all of the area Brotherhoods.• January - Our “Food Crafts in the Kitchen” series continues with a doublefeature that includes a campfire and chestnut roast, along with Adrianpresenting the art of homemade jams, jellies, and marmalades.Looking forward to seeing you at one or more of these events this year,Adrian Bruder Jut tner, Brotherhood PresidentMore details about all these and even more programs will be announced in the coming weeks and months.And of course Touro Brotherhood continues to support the Desmond Project every Saturday, year round. We meet to cook in theTouro kitchen at 5:00pm, then drive to the New Orleans Mission to feed the hungry men, women, and children, of New Orleans.(More details on page 20.)22


THE BRAIDED CANDLEAn Interfaith Couples ChavurahUPCOMING EVENTS• Family Potluck Dinner and HavdalahOctober 22, 5:30-8:30pm• The December Dilemma - a discussion with Rabbi Alexis BerkTuesday, November 29, 7-9:00 pm• Comedy Night at La Nuit Comedy ClubSaturday, December 17, 8:30 pm• Girls’ Night Out - Mahjong & MartinisThursday, January 12, 7:00 pm• Jewish Cooking ClassFebruary TBD• Tour O’ Touro - a discussion with Rabbi Alexis Berkabout Saturday morning ritualsSaturday, March 31, 9:00 amIf you would like more information about The Braided Candle or to get on our emaildistribution list, please call or email Sara Mayeux at 504-251-2961 or sara.mayeux@ubs.comTOURO SYNAGOGUE ADULT CHOIRJoin the Touro Synagogue choir and discoveranother path to spirituality and prayer.We meet once a week on Thursday eveningsand welcome everyone, regardless ofexperience. We strive to create a warmcommunity filled with music and friendshipand add our harmonies to Shabbat servicesevery week.If you are interested in joining, feel free tojust show up on Thursday night, or contactCantor Jamie Marx with any questions, 895-4843, jmarx@tourosynagogue.comChoir meets every Thursday night at 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Touro Synagogue, with additional rehearsalsfor HIGH HOLY DAYS and JAZZ FEST SHABBAT23


TnT - 20’s & 30’sCome and celebrate theNew Yearat ourS EPTEMBER E E 29THFOLLOWING 10:00 AM MORNING SERVICESFIFTH ANNUALTNT ROSH HASHANAHLUNCHEONfree of chargeTnT is a group of Touro Synagogue members and their friends in their twenties and thirties looking to makeconnections and develop friendships in a Jewish context. Whether it’s a social or social action, we arecommitted to community and we’d love to have you join us.EMail us at: tourotnt@gmail.com to get on our contact list.• PROGRAMS FOR 5772• Rosh Hashanah Luncheon - Thursday, September 29th• Havdalah in the Sukkah - Saturday, October 15th• Saints Game Tailgate/Latke Taste-Off - Sunday, December 1111:30 a.m. at Touro. Game starts at noon.• Social Action Brunch - Sunday, January 22nd• Bacchus Bash - Sunday, February 19th• Domenica Passover Dinner - AprilTNT BACCHUS BASHSUNDAY, MARCHFebruary 19, 20126, 20113 PM UNTIL BACCHUS PASSESFor more informationON THE STEPS contact OF us atTOURO SYNAGOGUEtourotnt@gmail.com24


BECOME A TOURO AMBASSADORIf you would you like to join our team of more than thirty Touro Ambassadors and help extend a warmwelcome to new members, please contact Jenny Zurik at jennifer_zurik@yahoo.com or Julie Koppmanat juliekoppman@gmail.com. And be sure to attend the next New Member Shabbat on December 16thwhen we will welcome all those who have joined Touro since April of this year.Havdalah, by artistRochelle Blumenfeldhttp://www.blumenfeldart.comMichele AronsonArthur and Tiki AxelrodHertha BartLeslie Becker and Ryan DoneganCraig BialyBrian and Alexis CaugheyRobert CohnJoshua and Erin Densen andchildren Ella and MaxMonika FlurerMarc and Katie Elichmanand children Sam and LilyShoshanna Beth EngelDaniel and Catina Forman andchildren, Jack, Benjamin andCharlesScott and Rachel FrankMallory GershenNew Member ShabbatCome and Celebrate all who Joined our Touro Family in 57716:00 pm Friday, December 16Mara GoldbergZachary GongLaura Goodman and Kristin PerezEzra and Gretchen Greenbrideand daughter LailahOwen GrossmanMelissa Harris and Mark Wagnerand sons Eli and OrenPaul and Monique Jacoband son HoldenMarisa KahnBetty and Jeffrey KastonDouglas and Tanya Koppel andchildren Pace and ColeFreddy KullmanGinny KullmanKatie Lasky and Andrew Romeroand daughter EllaDavid LazarDaniel LevyEric and Naomi Lonseth andchildren Brooke and JakeRachel MargulesAustin and Carrie MarksNicole Henriquez MastKira MaticaDaniel MeyerMargo Moss and Daniel Weinerand son JulienJenny NathanDanielle Nice and Nathan Schwamand children Blaise and AsherAriel RazBrett and Rachel Ruth andchildren Riley and TylerDeborah Phillips and son SebastianDavid and Lisa SchlakmanKatherine SchneidermanJonah SeligmanShaina SpectorSarah and James ThorrickJulianne VeredStacy Wallick and Richard RainFrankie Weinberg and O’SheaClevelandMaggie YatesErika Zucker and John Jabaley andchildren Hannah and IsaacWant to Know Why so Many People are Choosing Touro?If you are visiting Touro and considering joining our congregation, we would love to answer your questions.Touro Synagogue has something for everyone. Whether you are a college student, a single professional new tothe city, a family with school-age children, established professionals or retirees, we can offer you opportunitiesto become involved in the Jewish community, participate in social action, continue your life-long commitmentto learning and personal growth, and along the way meet a great group of diverse and interesting people. Totalk to an Ambassador and learn more about Touro, contact Jenny Zurik at jennifer_zurik@yahoo.com or JulieKoppman at juliekoppman@gmail.com. To inquire about membership, please contact Executive DirectorLeigh Goodman at 504.895.4843 or lgoodman@tourosynagogue.com.25


Welcome to our new Board MembersNew Board Members for 5772The newest additions to the Board of Trustees share the qualities of involvement and committment to our synagogue. Theyjoin other board members as leaders of the Touro community to perpetuate activities which enhance the value of membership.I encourage you to follow the lead of all board members in exploring the many connections available to all ages of our Tourofamily. We guarantee your participation will add sweetness to your life in the new year!Phyllis Alltmont, PresidentSteven E. Bain Jill IsraelJill is currently viceSteven is a lifelong memberof Touro Synagogue, alongwith his wife, Aimee, anddaughter, Lindsey. As a newBoard member, he is veryexcited about serving thecongregation and continuinghis involvement in the areasof social action and youthprogramming.Steven also serves on theBoard of United CerebralPalsy of Greater NewOrleans and the Regional Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’sAssociation. His private law practice focuses on elder law andspecial needs planning.Dani LevineAlthough a relatively new transplant to New Orleans, Dani and her fiancee, VanessaBridges, have found a wonderful home at Touro Synagogue. Dani is active in SocialAction at Touro and helped launch the thriving LGBTQ social action initiative. Dani ishonored to be serving on the Board of Touro Synagogue.Dani is the New Orleans Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, anorganization dedicated to bringing young Jewish adults to New Orleans for longtermservice and engagement with the Jewish community. Dani also serves onthe Advisory Board for LifeCity LLC, New Orleans’ first Green Business certificationcompany.TOURO SYNAGOGUE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR 5772president, and chiefinformation officer forEntergy Corporation.Jill relocated from hernative New Jersey toLouisiana in 1981 and hasadopted New Orleansas her hometown. Herhusband, Dave, is apartner at Sessions,Fishman, Nathan andIsrael and they are parents to two grown children.Jill has served as chairman of the Louisiana PhilharmonicOrchestra’s corporate fundraising committee, andcurrently serves on the board of the Anti-DefamationLeague’s New Orleans chapter.Jill and Dave recently co-chaired the Divine Wine annualfundraiser for Touro Synagogue with Andy & Joy Braunand Scott & Julie Silbert.RABBI ALEXIS BERKCANTOR JAMIE MARXRABBI EMERITUS DAVID GOLDSTEINPHYLLIS ALLTMONTPRESIDENTSCOTT SILBERTEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENTBERNARD M. JAFFE, MDVICE PRESIDENTANDREW BRAUNVICE PRESIDENTTERI HUNTERVICE PRESIDENTANDREA LESTELLETREASURERJULIE KOPPMANSECRETARYHAL M. SHEPARDIMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENTDANIEL CHECKMANMRJ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERSTACEY WEINREBSISTERHOOD PRESIDENTEDWARD YOUNGBROTHERHOOD REPRESENTATIVEJACK H. SCHULMANURJ NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERWILLIAM D. NORMAN, JR.URJ NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERDIANE AFRICK, MDSTEVEN BAINGILBERT BRAUNIGJUAN GERSHANIK, MDMARTIN GOLDSTEINLAUREN GREENBERGSAMANTHA GUICHETDAVID HAMMERLISA HERMANJILL ISRAELCHRIS KAHNLISA KATZSUSAN KRINSKYDANI LEVINESARA MAYEUXMIA MCGUIREJONATHAN NUSSDORF, MDJULIE WISE ORECKC. LAWRENCE ORLANSKYTHAIA PICKJAY SHAMES, MDKAREN TURKISHNANCY WILLISELLEN ZAKRIS, MDJENNIFER ZURIK26


daeh dpyl“May You Have a Good Year”... from the Touro Synagogue Staff and LeadershipRABBI ALEXIS BERK ~ CANTOR JAMIE MARX ~ RABBI EMERITUS DAVID GOLDSTEINEILEEN A. HAMILTON - DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONLEIGH S. GOODMAN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTORULYSSES LEVASSEUR, JR. - BUILDING MANAGERTERRY D. MADDOX, MM- MUSIC DIRECTORSUPPORT STAFF: ARLEAN FERMANIS, ANTHONY LEVASSEUR,DONNA PROVETERE, MONA VILLARRUBIABrochures are availablein the Good FamilyFoyer and in theShushan Assembly.Touro Synagogue is a proud partner of theCREATE A JEWISH LEGACYprogram, which encourages permanent gifts that will sustain ourJewish Community for future generations.WHY CREATE A JEWISH LEGACY?Jewish tradition teaches that one of our key duties is to make the world a betterplace for future generations.Chances are you already donate generously to the Jewish charitable organizationsof your choice. But have you considered including those organizations in yourwill, so you can continue to make a difference for generations to come?Creating a legacy empowers you to complete the work of your heart, and to enjoythe peace that it brings.To find out how to leave your Jewish legacy, please call Sandy Levy or Nancy Sternberg Goodman at the Jewish EndowmentFoundation of Louisiana, (504)524-4559, Leigh Goodman or Hal Shepard at Touro Synagogue at (504)895-4843.27


where preparation never ends!JOIN US FOR OUR 2011 COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING.All events are free and open to the general public.• MOVIE NIGHT, “Temple Grandin” (HBO Films)Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 pm“A young autistic woman succeeds against the odds.”• SPECIAL PROGRAM: THE BLESSING OF A “B MINUS”~ USING JEWISH TEACHINGS TO RAISE RESILIENT TEENAGERS* BOOK CLUB “The Blessing of a B Minus” by Wendy Mogel Ph.DTuesday, October 11 and 25 at 6:30 pm* PANEL DISCUSSION of “The Blessing of a B Minus”Monday, November 7 at 6:30 pm ~featuring Dr. Lynn Parker, Child Psychologist.Deena Gerber, LCSW, and Rabbi Alexis Berk• JEWISH GENEALOGY, with Judge Jacob KarnoThursday, November 17 at 6:30 pmRabbi Alexis BerkCantor Jamie MarxRabbi Emeritus David GoldsteinCantor Emeritus Ralph H. SlifkinPhyllis Alltmont,PresidentEileen A. Hamilton,Director of EducationTOURO SYNAGOGUEFounded in 1828Original congregation“Gates of Mercy”North Rampart Street(1828)Leigh S. Goodman,Executive DirectorTerry D. Maddox MM,Music DirectorWilliam D. Norman, Jr.,Director of EndowmentTouro Synagogue • 4238 St. Charles Avenue • New Orleans, LA 70115 • (504) 895-4843TSmail@tourosynagogue.com • www.tourosynagogue.com28

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