November 2019 Newsletter



8 North Earlton Road, Ext

Havre de Grace, MD 21078

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November 2019 Calendar of Events

Rabbi’s Message

Religious Practices Message - Mark Wolkow & Melissa Brown

Mazel Tov Announcements

Qualified Charitable Donations

Dough for Funds Fundraiser

Sisterhood News - Elise Woods

Tree of Life Order Form

Family Game & Movie Night - November 9 th

Sisterhood Member Appreciation Dinner - November 12 th

Senior Meet & Greet with Rabbi Franken - November 15 th

Congregational Meeting & Breakfast - November 17 th

Mahjongg Night - November 19 th

November 2019 Daven & Dine - November 22 nd

Gift Shop News - Pat Wolkow & Denise Gordon

Security Committee - Pat Wolkow

Nominating Committee - Charna Kinneberg

Special Thanks to Our Monthly Donors

Mi Sheberakh List - We Pray For Healing

Recently Passed

November 2019 Yahrzeits Observed


Temple Adas Shalom’s November 2019 Calendar of Events

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

3 5 th of Heshvan 5780

Fall Back - DST Ends

9:00-12:15 pm - Gift Shop

9:00-12:00 pm - Kehillah


4 6 th of Heshvan 5780

HJC-ELC Closed

7:00-8:00 pm - Al-Anon Mtg

(Social Hall)

5 7 th of Heshvan 5780

State Election Day

6 8 th of Heshvan 5780

7:30 pm - Choir Rehearsal

(Mike’s Home)

10 12 th of Heshvan 5780

9:00-12:15 pm - Gift Shop

9:00-12:00 pm - Kehillah


12:00 pm - Private Event in the

Social Hall

11 13 th of Heshvan 5780

Veteran’s Day

HJC-ELC Closed

7:00-8:00 pm - Al-Anon Mtg

(Social Hall)

12 14 th of Heshvan 5780

12:15 pm - Sisterhood Member

Appreciation Dinner

**RSVP by November 7 th to Pat


13 15 th of Heshvan 5780

17 19 th of Heshvan 5780

18 20 th of Heshvan 5780

19 21 st of Heshvan 5780

20 22 nd of Heshvan 5780

9:00-12:15 pm - Gift Shop

9:00-12:00 pm - Kehillah


9:00 am - Congregational


7:00-8:00 pm - Al-Anon Mtg

(Social Hall)

7:00 pm - Mahjongg Group

7:30 pm - Choir Rehearsal

(Mike’s Home)

24 26 th of Heshvan 5780

9:00-12:15 pm - Gift Shop

9:00-12:00 pm - Kehillah


25 27 th of Heshvan 5780

7:00-8:00 pm - Al-Anon Mtg

(Social Hall)

26 28 th of Heshvan 5780

7:00 pm - RPC Meeting

27 29 th of Heshvan 5780

HJC-ELC Closed

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Temple Adas Shalom’s November 2019 Calendar of Events

Thursday Friday Saturday

1 3 rd of Heshvan 5780

HJC-ELC Half Day B

5:44 pm - Candle Lighting

5:15-6:45 pm - Gift Shop

5:30-8:00 pm - Friday Night Kehillah


7:00 pm - Eye Level Torah Service

Rabbi John Franken

ONEG - L. Feulner, C. Kinneberg

2 4 th of Heshvan 5780

Parashat Noach

7 9 th of Heshvan 5780

7:00 pm - Board Meeting

8 10 th of Heshvan 5780

4:37 pm - Candle Lighting

6:00 pm - Torah Service

ASTY & Rabbi John Franken

ONEG - C. Chalmin, L. Bress

9 11 th of Heshvan 5780

Parashat Lech-Lecha

6:45-9:45 pm - Temple Adas Shalom

Family Game & Movie Night

(Free Event for all Members & Friends of


14 16 th of Heshvan 5780 15 17 th of Heshvan 5780

4:31 pm - Candle Lighting

5:15-6:45 pm - Gift Shop

5:30-8:00 pm - Friday Night Kehillah


7:00 pm - Friday Night Shabbat Service

with the TAS Choir Singing

Rabbi John Franken

ONEG - C. Kinneberg, J. Klein

16 18 th of Heshvan 5780

Parashat Vayera

21 23 rd of Heshvan 5780 22 24 th of Heshvan 5780

4:26 pm - Candle Lighting

6:00 pm - Daven & Dine Shabbat Service

with the TAS Choir Singing

Rabbi John Franken

DINE - Miller’s Ale House in Bel Air, MD

23 25 th of Heshvan 5780

Parashat Chayei Sara

10:00-11:30 am - Taking Hold of the Torah

Rabbi John Franken

28 30 th of Heshvan 5780

Thanksgiving Day

Office & HJC-ELC Closed

29 1 st of Kislev 5780

Office & HJC-ELC Closed

4:23 pm - Candle Lighting

7:00 pm - Shabbat Service with the TAS

Choir Singing

Rabbi Gila Ruskin, Tony Herrin, and George


ONEG - B’nai Mitzvah Class

30 2 nd of Kislev 5780

Parashat Toldot

10:00-12:15 pm - Tony & George Herrin

B’nai Mitzvah & Torah Service

Rabbi Gila Ruskin, Tony Herrin, and George


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Rabbi’s Message

Rabbi John Franken

Dear Friends:

A sage once declared that every person should say 100 blessings a day. 100 blessings? To

many of us that would seem beyond reach when identifying, much less blessing, our

good fortune comes neither easily nor naturally. For this reason, perhaps, the Rabbis

filled our prayer book liturgy with blessings, or praises to God, for the gifts we

otherwise might take for granted.

In the morning service alone, we praise God for the wonder of creation, for the gift of

love through Torah, for the marvel of the human body, for the purity of our souls, for

making us in God’s image, for making us Jews, for making us free, for enlightening the

unenlightened, for giving strength to the weary, for freeing the captive, for being the

Source of Peace.

These blessings are blessings ben adam laMakom – between humans and the Holy

One. Yet there are also blessings we say ben adam lachavero – between one person and

another. In our daily lives, “Good morning” or “Have a good day” are blessings in the

same way “Shalom” or “Shalom Aleichem” (“Peace be upon you”) are. They are words of

kindness and goodness whose utterance brings out our love of God and humanity. In

my travels I have encountered foreigners who make fun of Americans for routinely

saying “Have a nice day.” Evidently they cannot imagine strangers really caring whether

others have a nice day or not. But blessing someone else with a pleasant day brings a

certain goodness and goodwill into the world that touches all of us—the speaker as

well as the recipient.

In our tradition, besides routine blessings, there are also extraordinary ones. After

being welcomed to a new place (“Baruch haba”), for example, one customarily replies

“Baruch hanimtza.” Colloquially, the reply means something like “right back at you” but it

can also mean “I am blessed to be here.” Such is how I feel about coming to Adas

Shalom to be your new rabbi. It is a joy, a privilege and an honor, but mostly it is a

blessing. I look forward to sharing our lives together and hope very much you will

come by to introduce yourself. So let me say, after receiving such a warm welcome since

my arrival a few weeks ago, “Baruch hanimtza.” It is a blessing to be among you.

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Religious Practices Message

Mark Wolkow & Melissa Brown

Happy Thanksgiving from the Religious Practices Committee!

The main theme of Thanksgiving comes from the name itself, reminding

us of the importance of giving thanks. When a Jew sits down to eat, he or

she says: "Blessed are you God, for bringing bread from the earth." To say

a blessing over bread affirms that God played a role in providing for our

needs by creating a universe where the sun rises each day and the rain

falls, making the growth of food possible.

The RPC is thankful for Rabbi Gila's many years of inspiration, creativity

and dedication to serving our community. As we say our farewells to

Rabbi Gila, we also look forward to our future with Rabbi John Franken.

A new rabbi brings new ideas, new music, new programs, new attitudes

and new answers to old questions. We encourage you to come out in the

upcoming weeks and months to get to know Rabbi Franken as he leads

us in meaningful and spiritual Shabbat services and begins to get to

know all of us.

Our Daven & Dine service this month is on November 22. It begins at

6:00 PM and ends at 6:45 - then dinner out with friends and family!

We look forward to celebrating the B'nai Mitzvah of George and Tony

Herrin on November 29 and 30.

See you in shul!

Mark & Melissa

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Marjorie & Roger Sherman on the marriage of their

daughter Anna Sherman.

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Qualified Charitable Donations

The end of the year is quickly coming and many of us use this time of year to make lastminute

donations for the year. Here is a brief excerpt from a Fidelity article, “Qualified

Charitable Deductions (QCD),” which might be something to think about if you are

retired and have some money left to meet your Required Minimum Distribution for the


A Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA

custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying

your required minimum distributions for the year, as long as certain rules are met.

In addition to the benefits of giving to charity, a QCD excludes the amount donated

from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping

your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and

deductions, including Social Security and Medicare.

Also, QCDs don't require that you itemize, which due to the recent tax law changes,

means you may decide to take advantage of the higher standard deduction, but still

use a QCD for charitable giving.

Can I make a QCD?

While many IRAs are eligible for QCDs—Traditional, Rollover, Inherited, and, for

inactive plans, SEP and SIMPLE—there are requirements:

You must be 70½ or older to be eligible to make a QCD.

QCDs are limited to the amount that would otherwise be taxed as ordinary income. This

excludes non-deductible contributions.

The maximum annual amount that can qualify for a QCD is $100,000. This applies to the

sum of QCDs made to one or more charities in a calendar year. If, however, you file taxes

jointly, your spouse can also make a QCD from his or her own IRA within the same tax year

for up to $100,000.

For a QCD to count towards your current year's RMD, the funds must come out of your

IRA by your RMD deadline, generally December 31.

The temple is pushing to match the generous donation from David Schwaber and retire

the building debt. A QCD would be a great way to help us accomplish this goal. If you

are interested, I would encourage you to speak with your financial advisor.

Thank you.

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Sisterhood Greetings

Elise Woods

Greetings from the Sisterhood!

This month, the Sisterhood invites you to its Member Appreciation

Dinner on Tuesday, November 12, at 6:30 PM in the Social Hall. Join us

as we share a wonderful evening of great food and fellowship. We have

invited Rabbi Franken to join us and share his perspectives as he joins

our congregation. Please RSVP no later then November 7. If you haven’t

yet paid your Sisterhood dues or are still undecided about joining, it is no

problem. Please join us anyway and see what we are all about. If you

would like to pay your yearly dues of $42 that evening, we will be

available to collect it as well.

We are currently accepting applications for summer camp assistance

scholarships. As many of you know, the Sisterhood supports families

financially by providing scholarships for our youth to attend Jewish

summer camp. Blank applications will be left in the Sisterhood mailbox.

If you haven’t already done so and have an interest in applying, please

submit your application to me by November 15, 2019. Recipients of the

scholarships will be notified in December.

As a reminder, the Sisterhood sponsors the Tree of Life sculpture in the

synagogue lobby. Please contact me for a flyer that can be used to order

leaves that may be inscribed to highlight or commemorate joyous events

like births, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, Confirmations, Bar and

Bat Mitzvahs, or to honor parents, family and friends. Please consider

inscribing a leaf for your next special event. Your memories will endure

in our synagogue for a lifetime!

Elise Woods


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Gift Shop Announcements

Pat Wolkow & Denise Gordon

Chanukah items are popping up in the Gift Shop. Start making your list

and stop in for a look.

The big shopping day for our students will be December 8. We are

offering to gift wrap their purchases this year for a very nominal cost.

We are looking for volunteers to become trained to work hours in the

gift shop. We also need someone to help with creating on-line product

pages. Please contact Pat Wolkow about training.

If you are shopping for Judaica on-line, we can usually match the price

offered or even purchase for less because of wholesale pricing. If you plan

to shop ahead of time for your needs, or wish to support your Sisterhood,

who in turn supports our Congregation, then give us a shout!

Pat Wolkow & Denise Gordon

Security Committee Information

Pat Wolkow

Your team is currently working on another grant to fund more security

hardening to the building and help with security personnel costs. These

grants, we hope, will allow us to avoid adding a “Security Fee” to our

membership dues statements, which many congregations have had to do!

In January we have scheduled security training and planning for temple

leadership and teachers. In this training we will learn how to best

prepare for emergencies through developing a plan of action. We will

also offer, for those who have not been trained, “Stop the Bleed” and CPR


Anyone interested in joining our team, please contact Pat Wolkow.

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Nominating Committee

Charna Kinneberg

The Nominating Committee is proposing the following slate of officers

to be elected in November 2019 for their term starting June 2020. Please

note that these are the open positions only.

Trustee - Adult Education: Stephen Marksamer

Trustee - Caring Committee: Carol Mohr

Trustee - Fundraising: Terry Weiner

Trustee – Social: Mike Gordon

We continue to have an opening at this point for President. If anyone is

willing to fill this important position, please contact me at 443-243-1711.

Thank you.

Charna Kinneberg

Kevin & Lisa Bress

Cheryl & Jeffery Conley

Wendy & Patrick Drabinski

Andrew & Marianne Fridberg

Carol & Sigmund Gast

Phillip & Barbara Gilden

Arthur & Denise Gordon

Michael Gordon

Richard Hoffman

Melissa Immel

Kathleen & Michael Lazarski

Barbara & Natalie Litofsky

Paula Mathai

Carol Mohr & David Brown

Linda & Stuart Needel

Ashiq & Ashira Quabili

Rayna & David Richardson

Jeffrey & Francene Cohen

Debbie Rose Delaney

Sam Meyer & Ms. Pam Gwaltney

Paula Mullis

Eve Pardo

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September 2019 – Donors


Julie Sang

Jeffrey & Amy Schoenberger

Jill & Brian Schorr

William & Kristi Schwartz

Eric & Anne Seeley

Brett & Debbie Temple

Jonas & Paula Vogelhut

Naomi Walton

Robin & Mark Way

Mark & Patricia Wolkow

Selma Wolkow

Elise & Michael Woods

Jill & Daniel Young

Richard and Rhonda August

Seth and Brooke Grossman

Judith Armstrong & Francine Hawes

L'dor Vador

In memory of Andy Klein

L'dor Vador

L'dor Vador

In honor of the Niall O'Donnell family

September 2019 – Donors


Debbie Rose Delaney

Paula Mullis

Leila Diamant

Nancy Natkin

Ellen & Ken Farkas

Gregory & Felice Repas

Robyn & Randy Florio

Irwin Rosenfeld

Adele Friedman

Stan Rovine

Phillip & Barbara Gilden

Julie Sang

Arthur & Denise Gordon

Zita Schneck

Marie Grove

David & Alena Schwaber

Hindy Kempler

Sandy Schwartz

Robert & Charna Kinneberg

Brett & Debbie Temple

Paul & Nancy Lever

Martin & Marcy Werde

Stephen & Patricia Marksamer

Mark & Patricia Wolkow

Carol Mohr & David Brown

Selma Wolkow


Jeffrey & Amy Schoenberger


Fred & Roslyn Belkin

Zita Schneck

In memory of David Schneck

Harvey & Marion Yurow

In memory of Aaron Kaplan

Harvey & Marion Yurow

In memory of Anne Maxwell

Harvey & Marion Yurow

In memory of Esther Finkelstein


Meredith Evans

Paula Mathai

Michael Gordon

Mi Sheberakh * We Pray for Healing

Adam Hyman

Jacob Corsman

Paul Lever

Amy Schoenberger

Jason Sober

Rabbi Fred Natkin

Arlene Zweibach

Jeni Wing

Richard Collins

Barbara Chancey

Jimmy Chancey

Robert Sachs

Bea Kolchin

Karen Green

Rosie Lidy

Bessie Speyer

Kelcey Klass

Sam Befarah

Brandy Blazer

Kimmie Rankin

Shirley Oliner

Carl Chancey

Lee Tabackman

Sidney Birnbaum

Carl Tannenbaum

Lori Vetstein

Stewart Natkin

Carol Buckman

Margaret Hass

Stu Needel

David Richardson

Marie Grove

Teresa Cicotte

Dvir Sabag

Marshall Rosin

Todd Young

Fred Belkin

Michael Schneck

Tom Merriken

Gerry Murphy

Pat Wolkow

Toni Bonney

Harriet Colman

Patrick Hauf

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Recently Passed

Stephen Hoffman

Nephew to Barbara Litofsky, cousin to Natalie Litofsky and Lee & Kelly Litofsky, godfather to Heather Litofsky

Ruth Glickman Budner

Loretta Davis

Bessie Kleiner

Shirley Litwak

Marilyn Richter

Marvin Getz

Leon Richter

Joyce Irwin

Dalton Newland

Richard S. Salmansohn

Evelyn Gast

Philip N. Golbin

Morris Pollack

Harry Kale

Evelyn Kempler

Martin Newman

Bertha Werde

Anne Marie Smith

Estelle Eisman

Morris Gilden

Stella Sazinsky

Betty Chayt

Morris Silver

Bernice Better-Falk

Susan Fine-Langsam

Fredric Hoffman

Jeffrey G. Myers

Gladys Hecht

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Doris Jolsen Rosenfeld

Bess Kaplan

Ada Nathanson

Nathan Goldstein

Cathy Ann Glickstein

Pearl Spring

Irwin M. Wolkow

George Robinson

Julius Snyderman

Fred Mullis

Jacob Sadowsky

Zachary Davis

Alexander Brisker

Daniel Katzoff

Charlotte Maupin

Isaac Pancer

Samuel Berger

Lena Apple

Irene Alk Getz

Melvin Howard Sang

Lisa Schkloven

Larry Spring

Bettie Jones

Jerrold Bress

Ralph Klein

Julia Pillersdorf

William Weintraub

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8 North Earlton Road, Extension

Havre de Grace, MD 21078



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