Final NEW-YEAR Bulletin 2011.indd - Touro Synagogue

Final NEW-YEAR Bulletin 2011.indd - Touro Synagogue

TOURO SYNAGOGUETOURO SYNAGOGUENEW ORLEANSNEW ORLEANSTHE NEW YEAR 57722011-2012New Orleans Folk ArtistSimon HardeveldTouro Synagogue • 4238 St. Charles Avenue • New Orleans, LA 70115 • (504) • www.tourosynagogue.com1

Welcome to a New YearWe experience our belonging to an infinity.It presses upon us,whether we go ourselvesor go beyond ourselves. …All that has come into existence and has been givenbecomes a path to beyond,and to that which is in the process of becoming,to the world beyond and to the coming day.All creation wants to be revelation,all of the past becomes the future. [Leo Baeck]We are all in the process of becoming – becoming more evolvedthan we were yesterday or last year; becoming a true community,more connected than we were yesterday, or last year. We warmlyinvite you to enjoy becoming – in whatever way feels right to youthis year. We hope you find many wonderful experiences here.May you find this year becoming to you, indeed.L’shanah Tovah,Rabbi Alexis BerkCantor Jamie MarxHigh Holy Days at Tourothe complete experienceROSH HASHANAHSEPTEMBER 28-30YOM KIPPUR continuedMusic & Meditation Service 12:30pmEREV ROSH HASHANAHWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 ~ 8:00PMROSH HASHANAHTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29Afternoon Study &ReflectionAfternoon Service & TorahReadingYizkor-Memorial Service2:00pm3:15pm4:15pmTot Service 9:00amMorning Service 10:00amTashlich 3:00pmSECOND DAY ROSH HASHANAHFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 ~ 10:00amSHABBAT SHUVAHFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30Shabbat Service, 6:00pmOneg Buffet with guest speaker, 7:15pmKOL NIDREFRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 ~ 8:00PMYOM KIPPURSATURDAY, OCTOBER 8Tot ServiceMorning Service9:00am10:00amNeilah-Concluding Service5:00pmBreak-the-Fast Receptionfollowing the Neilah ServiceEREV SUKKOTWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 125:30 PM SUKKOT USHPIZIMUPTOWN HEBREW WELCOMES ALL FORDINNER IN THE SUKKAHSUKKOT MORNING SERVICETHURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 ~ 10:30 amEREV SIMCHAT TORAHEvening Service with thePanorama Jazz BandWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 ~ 6:00PMSIMCHAT TORAH YIZKORMEMORIAL SERVICETHURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 ~ 10:30AM2

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:, 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 ORLEANS 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

PERSPECTIVES ON OUR FAITH:Curiosities and Questions - A Pulpit ExchangeThird Annual Pulpit ExchangeRev. Kelly Hostetler of St. Charles Avenue PresbyterianChurch will speak at our Shabbat Services.6:00 PM, FRIDAY EVENINGRabbi Alexis Berk will speak at the Presbyterian Church8:30 AM and 10:30 AM, SUNDAY MORNINGSt. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church,1545 State StreetThe date will be announced soon - stay tunedTikkun Leil ShavuotMay 26, 20127:30 pmA Brief History of Pop/FolkMusic in Reform WorshipIn the last 50 years, pop and folk music styles have gonefrom a summer camp staple to a fixture of mainstreamReform Jewish worship.How did we move from the grandiose and majesticworship of Classical Reform Judaism to the intimate andspiritual kavannah of today’s Reform synagogues?On Tikkun Leil Shavuot, through readings and lots ofmusical examples, we will follow the development ofReform Judaism’s worship music from the 1950s on.We hope you will join us on this reflective musical andspiritual journey.TOURO HEBREW ACADEMYBeginner, conversational, and all levels in betweenHebrew Academy will be held onTuesday nights this Fall, from 7:00 pm to 8:30pm,beginning on November 8.Classes will continue weekly until December 20.Learn Hebrew no matter your level – beginners,intermediate, Torah chanting or conversational.Each level will have its own instructor.`Beginners: No prior Hebrew knowledge needed.Materials will be provided.aIntermediate: The class will focus on prayerand prayerbook Hebrew. Must be able to readHebrew letters and vowels. This will assistprevious beginners onto the next level of readingcomprehension, translation and understanding.Cantillation/Trope: Give a person a Torahportion, they chant for a day. Teach a persontrope, and they can chant Torah for the rest oftheir lives. Come learn our incredible system ofsymbols and melodies for chanting Torah onShabbat! Must have a good grasp of Hebrewreading competency.bConversational: Designed for those whoread Hebrew and who want to learn Israeliconversational Hebrew.p8

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

TORAH STUDY @ TOUROUNWRAPPING ANCIENT WISDOMIN A POST-MODERN WORLDOur lay-led Torah Studygroup meets 52 weeks peryear in the Mautner LearningCenter at Touro Synagogue inorder to examine and discussthe week’s parashah.Torah translations andcommentaries are madeavailable to those who attend.You don’t have to be anexpert, in fact you can benew to Torah study.All are welcome!It is never too late to start thestudy of Torah.BAGELS AND COFFEEARE PROVIDEDShabbatShabbat Fun For KidsChildren’s BlessingPlease bring your children to the first part of our Shabbat Servicefor a special children’s blessing and Shabbat sweet treat.Younger Ones (Infants – Age 5)Time: Open Friday 5:45-7:45pmLocation: Babysitting Room, DownstairsActivities: Interactive play with puppets,dolls, and stuffed animals; dramatic play withkitchen, grocery cart, play food, and dress-up;trucks and cars with roadway carpet; buildingblocks; books; riding toys; games.Please bring any diapers, snack, or lovey labeledwith the child’s name. Alert the babysitter toallergies or fears, and preferences for comfortand play.Pick up is promptly at or before 7:45pm.Older Ones (Age 5 - 10)Time: Open Friday 5:45-7:45pmLocation: Youth Lounge/Game Room, UpstairsActivities: Air hockey, books, board-games,nerf basketball, ping-pong, art projects, music.Pick up is promptly at or before 7:45pm.Visit for Torahresources.Shabbat Servicesand Oneg AttendanceAll children are warmly welcome to attend Shabbat Services andthe Oneg Shabbat at the conclusion of services. In order to create arelaxing and peaceful Shabbat experience for all, and in an effort toensure the safety and comfort of our elderly congregants, we ask thatall families please limit their children’s playing to the Youth Loungeupstairs. Our aim is to curb running and rowdiness in the Oneg andto keep our kids safe.Childcare suggested minimum contribution:$10.00 per session / $100.00 for the year10

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

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

Religious School SYNAGOGUE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLProvides Programs for PRE-KINDERGARTEN through 10th GRADETouro Synagogue Religious School offers a comprehensive program for grades PK through 6th grade using the Chai Curriculumof the URJ, an Upper Division Trimester program for 8th and 9th grades with courses such as Comparative Judaism andComparative Religion, a 9th grade program integrating social action, and a 10th grade Confirmation program taught by RabbiBerk. We also integrate a spiral Jewish Holiday Curriculum, and additional classes in meditation, technology, dance, andliturgical and conversational Hebrew.A well rounded Jewish education. What is it?There is no one model that is perfect to teach children or adults about how to be Jewish. There is no one perfect model of whenreligious school should take place or how often, or even what hours are best. There is no perfect faculty or educator, no perfectbuilding, or classroom. There is no perfect solution to the many questions we ask about how to make Jewish learning great,accessible to everyone, and how to make it the product you cannot live without.Even with this great quest for the right answers, or even the perfect scenarios, we are in the midst of looking into this great tasknonetheless.This year we will unfold the intricaciesof the best Jewish educational practicesand models there are and create whatis best for us. Imagine the possibilities.Imagine the excitement. Imagine theincredible creativity and spirit. Imaginethe commitment we will all have to tryingsomething new together and delvinginto new realms. Imagine. Imagine ourcommunity being on the cutting edge ofsomething unique.I am inspired. Are you?10TH GRADE CONFIRMATION CLASSThe Confirmation Class is taught by Rabbi Alexis Berk and meets every otherSunday.Class TripThis year our Confirmation Class will again take a Civil Rights Journey byparticipating in an Etgar 36 program. Etgar 36 is an independent, nondenominational,non-partisan and non-profit Jewish educational venturewhose goal is ensuring a future American and Jewish political voice byhelping our youth become critical thinkers. The theme of the Civil RightsJourney is: “Ki Garim Anachnu – For We Were Once Strangers in a StrangeLand.”Confirmation will be held on Friday, May 25, 2012.An early Mazel Tov to the following Confirmation students who will lead thecongregation in services on Friday May 25: Deborah Amann, Drew Balkin, DavidCahn, Molly Greenberg, Rachael Moss, Jessica Neal, Brooke Rittenberg, DanielSilbert, and Jake Zakris.B’YACHAD -“TOGETHER”A Community program for7th - 9th gradersB’Yachad will continue thisyear for all students from allcongregations. The program will beplanned by JewCCY advisor, KeziaKamenetz and will rotate venues.The students will participate indiscussion of contemporary issuesand lessons on an array of subjects.PROGRAM DATES:OCTOBER 30, DECEMBER 11FEBRUARY 5, APRIL 1TOURO SYNAGOGUE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLACCREDITED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEMPLEEDUCATORS (NATE) SINCE 2004.RE-ACCREDITATION IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS YEAR - 201114

UPTOWN HEBREWTOURO’SMIDWEEK HEBREW SCHOOLFOR GRADES 3-6WEDNESDAYS, 4:00- 5:30PMOpen to the entire Jewish CommunityUPTOWN HEBREW SCHOOLUptown Hebrew is the afternoon Hebrew component for Touro Synagogue’sReligious Education program and is open to the entire Jewish communityin the city. Uptown Hebrew receives a generous subsidy from the JewishFederation of Greater New Orleans.Our aim is to promote and facilitate education in the Hebrew language, Jewishliturgy and literature, Torah, and the vocabulary of Jewish life.The Hebrew language is a central thread linking world Jewry past, present,and future. Knowledge of the Hebrew language, with an emphasis onmechanical reading skills and vocabulary, is a pre-requisite for Bar and BatMitzvah. Uptown Hebrew can provide an essential part of that preparation.Registration for Touro members and non-Touro members is available by goingto our webpage: SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPSGIVE THE GIFTOF A JEWISH EDUCATION!Give the gift of a Jewish Education to a Touro child whose family cannot afford theirReligious School tuition this year, and ensure that none of our members have toconsider holding their children out of Religious School because of costs. Your gift will beanonymous in the spirit of true tzedakah.If you prefer you may specify that your donation be made to the Karen J. (Kitty)Greenberg Arts and Education Scholarship. This scholarshop was recentlyestablished in memory of past Touro Synagogue President Kitty Greenberg,and will be awarded to Touro Synagogue youth in need of financial support for:Touro Synagogue Religious School, Henry S. Jacobs Camp Hava NashiraSongleaders, Camp Kutz Leadership Camp, and NFTY conclaves and events.Decisions regarding the awarding of support will be the honor and responsibility of thecurrent synagogue President and the Director of Education of the Touro SynagogueReligious School. Contributions to the Karen J. (Kitty) Greenberg Scholarship Fund ofTouro Synagogue can be made by any who wish to memorialize Kitty Greenberg, a longtimeleader, a past President, and an inspiration to us all.Religious School is on the WEBjust click on this heading for...* Weekly updates of class times and special events for Religious School and Uptown Hebrew* Curricula by grade levels* Key Dates for the entire year on one page* Full School Year Calendar* Special Event Fliers* Photos of school eventsOr go to: Education Religious School15

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 openDrewPJ, Shafir, & Danielshare fun in Session II, MaskilimMaddie: 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

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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:, and check outthe website at

Social ActionNO SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE ... JUST AN UMBRELLA!Social Action is not a collection of activities on our events calendar, it is a vital part of Touro’s identity. Wedon’t have a Social Action Committee, we have a Social Action Umbrella, and it’s getting wider all the time! Meetings areopen to every Touro member with an interest in Social Action or who just wants to find out what we are doing. No long-termcommitment required. Come to a meeting. Get involved in one event or many. See what fits for you. Meetings are held at Tourofrom 6:00-8:00 pm on the following days:DECEMBER 8OPEN SOCIAL ACTION FEBRUARY 9MEETINGS FOR THE COMING YEAR MAY 1Touro Synagogue’s partnership with Sophie B. Wright Charter SchoolUnless otherwise directed below, contact Teri Hunter with any Sophie B. Wright questions.--College Application Mentors: Incoordination with the college guidance counselor, workwith college bound juniors and seniors on their collegeapplication essays and writing samples. Hours and timecommitment very flexible.--Donations: Want to be involved in the partnershipbut don’t feel like you have the time? Make a donation toTouro and earmark it Sophie B. Wright. Monies will be usedto support on-going efforts with SBW.--Prom Dresses: Help make a student’s prom extraspecial. Donate new or gently used dresses. Drop off yourcontribution at Touro.A special Thank You! to Giggleberries for theirgenerous donation.--Tutors/Reading Buddies stillneeded. Coordinated and supervised by professionaleducators. Ideal commitment just one hour per week.--Teacher Appreciation Snacks wereextremely popular at Sophie B. last school year. Helpus continue. Contact: Julie Koppman or Sam Guichet,; ssguichet@bellsouth.netUPCOMING PROJECTS with Sophie B. Wright will include: a community garden, joint community service, joint communityprogramming. Stay tuned and contact Teri Hunter if you are interested in any of these efforts.LGBTQ ~ Support, Education, and AdvocacyTouro Synagogue has created a social action initiative dedicated to support, education, and advocacy for issues affecting theLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. In the past year the LGBTQ initiative sponsored awardwinning community programming, met with elected officials, marched in the New Orleans Pride parade and is quickly beingrecognized as one of the leading voices for LGBTQ civil rights in the region. This is a newly formed initiative and we need yourinput! Meetings are held at Touro from 7:00-9:00 pm on the dates listed below.All members of the community, gay, straight, and anywhere in between are warmly welcomed at meetings and events. Pleasecontact Dani Levine at to get involved.LGBTQ OPEN MEETINGS FOR THECOMING YEARSEPTEMBER 22, NOVEMBER 17JANUARY 17, MARCH 20MAY 2419

Social Action continuedThis past year, Mitvah & Caring started several new programs andcontinued others, including:Mitzvah & Caring• A non-emergency Care & Support Message Line at (504) 895-4843 to notify clergy of a loved one who is ill, in hospital, homebound, orotherwise in need of assistance. During office hours ask for Arlean, ore-mail After hours press 2 for theCare & Support line and leave a message at any time.• Planting of trees in Israel in memory of loved ones.• Special edition Touro “onesies” to welcome babies born into theTouro community. Let us know about new arrivals!• “Feel Better Bags” If a friend or family member is feeling downand in need of a pick me up, or recovering from an illness or injury,please contact Arlean ~ or 895-4843 ~ to submit names.• In May, 2011, we initiated a Care Calendar to provide TLC in the form of visits, rides, home-cookeddinners and other help during a sustained illness. Thanks to all who have already participated.• A partnership with JFS to become a part of Bikur Chaverim (Visiting Friends), a program designed toset up visits to congregants who do not have transportation. We are arranging a meeting with TobyBonnett of JFS and all interested Touro congregants.We will have many more opportunities in the months to come. Please contact Arlean if you are interested inhelping with any of these efforts or if you know of someone in our congregation who would benefit from ourcare.TOURO BROTHERHOOD -- FEEDING THE HOMELESS EVERY WEEKOur commitment to the Desmond Project continues at Touro SynagogueEVERY SATURDAY ~ 5:00pm - 8:30pm. Teens and adults welcome.Contact Brotherhood member Dan Checkman at: or (522-0971)or John Antonucci at for more details.Team SpiritTouro Synagogue will be sponsoring a Team at the Greater NewOrleans Walk to End Alzheimer’s. You can help by walkingwith us, obtaining sponsors, recruiting other walkers, or just helpingto get the word out.SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011, AUDUBON PARK, SHELTER 10Participant Check-in/Registration: 8:00 amOpening Ceremony: 9:15 amThe walk starts at 9:30 am, and it is 2 miles long.Contact Steven Bain at: or Teri Hunter at:

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 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; 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 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 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: 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 or Julie Koppmanat 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 or JulieKoppman at To inquire about membership, please contact Executive DirectorLeigh Goodman at 504.895.4843 or

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) • www.tourosynagogue.com28

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