July 2021 Newsletter



8 North Earlton Road, Ext

Havre de Grace, MD 21078


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What’s Inside?

July 2021 Calendar of Events

Temple Adas Shalom July Zoom Information and Links

Religious Practices Message - Melissa Immel & Mark Wolkow

Reopening Letter

Kehillah MAGNET Message - Joel Yoffee

Kehillah MAGNET Principal’s Message - Sarah O’Donnell

Adult Education News - Brian Folus

Sisterhood News - Pat Wolkow

Purchase a Leaf for the Tree of Life

Mazel Tov to our 2021 Graduates

Member Potluck Picnic - July 5 th

Quarterly Book Review of “Outwitting History” – July 17 th

Israel Baseball Night - July 19 th

Prayer of the Month Club – July 25 th

Project Clean Stream – August 1 st

Special Thanks to Our Monthly Donors

Mi Sheberakh List - We Pray For Healing

Recently Passed

July 2021 Yahrzeits Observed

Temple Adas Shalom’s July 2021 Calendar of Events

24 th of Tammuz 5781

Independence Day

25 th of Tammuz 5781

11:00-1:00 pm

Member Potluck Picnic

Miller Tydings Memorial Park

Havre de Grace, MD

26 th of Tammuz 5781 27 th of Tammuz 5781

6:30-8:30 pm

Membership Committee Meeting

2 nd of Av 5781 3 rd of Av 5781

7:30-8:30 pm

Summer of Trope Class

4 th of Av 5781

7:00-8:30 pm

Sisterhood Board Meeting

7:30-8:30 pm

Choir Rehearsal

(Mike’s Home)

5 th of Av 5781

9 th of Av 5781

Tisha B’Av

10 th of Av 5781 11 th of Av 5781 12 th of Av 5781

7:00-8:30 pm

Adult Ed Committee Meeting

16 th of Av 5781

17 th of Av 5781

18 th of Av 5781

19 th of Av 5781

7:00-8:00 pm

Prayer of the Month Club

7:30-8:30 pm

Summer of Trope Class

7:00 pm

RPC Meeting

7:30-8:30 pm

Choir Rehearsal

(Mike’s Home)

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Temple Adas Shalom’s July 2021 Calendar of Events

21 st of Tammuz 5781 22 nd of Tammuz 5781

8:18 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat Live! Streaming Service

Patrick Drabinski & Mike Mullis

Parashat Pinchas

23 rd of Tammuz 5781

28 th of Tammuz 5781

Deadline for Team Israel Baseball Tickets

7:00 pm

Board Meeting via Zoom

29 th of Tammuz 5781

8:16 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat Torah In Person & Live! Streaming

Hybrid Service

Melissa Immel & Mike Mullis

Parashat Matot-Massei

1 st of Av 5781

6 th of Av 5781 7 th of Av 5781

8:12 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat Torah In Person & Live! Streaming

Hybrid Service

Mark & Pat Wolkow

8 th of Av 5781

Erev Tisha B’Av

Parashat Devarim

10:00-11:30 am

Quarterly Book Discussion via Zoom

Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky

13 th of Av 5781 14 th of Av 5781

8:07 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat In Person & Live! Streaming Hybrid


Linda Needel & David Jaffe

Parashat Va'etchanan

15 th of Av 5781

20 th of Av 5781 21 st of Av 5781

8:01 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat In Person & Live! Streaming Hybrid


Rabbi John Franken & Mike Mullis

Parashat Eikev

22 nd of Av 5781

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July Service Zoom Information and Links

Temple Adas Shalom


Friday, July 2 nd , July 9 th , July 16 th , July 23 rd , & July 30 th

Live Streaming starts at 7:00 pm

https://zoom.us/j/95157809086 * Meeting ID: 951 5780 9086

Password: Shalom2021

One tap mobile: +13017158592,,95157809086# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)


Saturday, July 17 th

Live Streaming starts at 10:00 am

https://zoom.us/j/99684432162 * Meeting ID: 996 8443 2162

One tap mobile: +13017158592,, 99684432162# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)


Sunday, July 25 th

Live Streaming starts at 7:00 pm

https://zoom.us/j/98826834447 * Meeting ID: 988 2683 4447

Password: Prayer

One tap mobile: +13017158592,, 98826834447# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Links can also be found on the home page of our website at


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Religious Practices Message

Melissa Immel & Mark Wolkow

We are back!

The RPC and Reopening Team are thrilled to announce that services will begin

once again in the Sanctuary on Friday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. It's been a long time

coming, and we are all anxious to get back together in person. We have followed

the lead of State and National guidance, plus excellent input from the Union for

Reform Judaism, in determining our Reopening strategy. When we go back

initially, it will be with masks and distancing. We hope to move to relax those

requirements soon, especially as Maryland will drop those requirements as of July


Our goals have been safety, number one; treating everyone fairly, number two; and

reaching some sense of normalcy, number three. To those ends, we have contacted

all medical professionals (that we know of) in the congregation to assist with any

congregants with concerns about becoming vaccinated. 100% of those contacted

agreed to sign the letter you recently received, which encourages everyone to be

vaccinated. Included in the letter are excerpts from a CCAR Responsa to the

question of vaccination. We would also encourage you to read this

recent article from the URJ weekly, where Rabbi Danny Burkeman of Temple Shir

Tikva in Wayland, MA, discusses vaccination from a Jewish Perspective.

In a way, having the Responsa from the CCAR provides just the kind of

information/opinion that makes Judaism so powerful and so relevant to us today.

First, a question is raised by one synagogue. A group of Rabbis then look to the

Torah and other historical writings through the ages for guidance on how to

answer. Next, they will look at various aspects of the issue and its potential

impacts. Then, they look at current information that they believe to be trustworthy

to help make a decision. Then there is a serious, respectful debate about the issue

and how the Rabbis should address it. When you hear that Judaism is a "living

religion," this is an example. It does not mean that everyone agrees (although, in

this instance, the case for vaccination is pretty overwhelming). There are often

minority opinions written along with the majority opinion, not unlike the Supreme

Court. And then, the opinion(s) is shared with the entire community for the benefit

of all. If you are interested in looking at other CCAR responsa, click here, or search

for "CCAR Responsa."

Very much looking forward to seeing everyone back in shul!

Melissa Immel, Co-Chair, RPC

Mark Wolkow, Co-Chair, RPC & Reopening Team

Barry Baker, Co-chair, Reopening Team

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Temple Reopening Letter

Reopening Committee

We are very pleased to announce our return to the Sanctuary for Shabbat

services on July 9, and our Kehillah MAGNET Religious School and Early

Learning Center (ELC) activities in September. To ensure everyone’s safety,

masks will be required when we return in July. As we gain more information

about higher rates of vaccination, lower rates of transmission, and lower risk in

Harford and Cecil counties, we will relax masking and distancing requirements

as appropriate. We look forward to seeing you back at shul!

It’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t know COVID-19 existed. Now when

people say “virus,” we know what they mean. COVID-19 has impacted our lives,

our work, our activities, and our freedoms.

Through the good work of many of our congregants, we have, primarily through

technology, maintained Shabbat and holiday services; cared for those who have

been ill; mourned for those who have died or lost a loved one; and continued

learning within the Religious School, the ELC, and adult education classes. The

safety of our staff, members, and guests has been (and will continue to be)


The responsibility is ours, as a community, to help stop this virus. A recent

Central Conference of American Rabbis Responsa concluded that 1) “It is a

mitzvah to preserve one’s own health and well-being (sh’mirat haguf). The

COVID-19 vaccines approved by the CDC (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) qualify

as r’fuah b’dukah, proven treatment, and it is therefore a mitzvah to get

vaccinated unless one has a medical reason that makes it unsafe.”, and 2) “It is a

mitzvah to adhere to standards of safety that avert obvious dangers (sakanat

nefashot) to others or to oneself.”

It takes everyone.

We all need to step up to beat COVID-19, and the very best tool that we have is

a COVID-19 vaccine. We ask you to join us in protecting your community by

getting vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated adds an important layer of protection for you, your

coworkers, your family, and your loved ones. Here are some things to know

about COVID-19 vaccination:

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All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are extremely effective

at preventing the disease, and especially at preventing hospitalizations and death. The

likelihood of death once vaccinated is roughly 2 per million people, compared to thousands

per million for unvaccinated persons, with rates increasing geometrically for older


The most common side effects are pain in the arm where you got the shot,

feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills, and fever.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available

wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands frequently, and getting vaccinated.

We want the pandemic to be over. We want you and your loved ones to feel

safe as we begin to re-open our building and come together for prayer; for

education; and for social activities. And we also understand that making the

decision to get the vaccine can be difficult or even scary. Stories of negative

reactions to some of the vaccines have been in the news, and it is sometimes

difficult to know what to do. If you have any questions or concerns about the

COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to visit the Johns Hopkins University’s

COVID-19 Resource Hub (https://covidvaxhelp.org/) or

the CDC’s FAQs web page (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-

ncov/vaccines/faq.html), talk to your primary care physician, or reach out to any of

the medically trained individuals who are members of our Temple. Those

individuals are listed below as co-signers of this letter, and are all strong

supporters of vaccination.

One key piece of information to keep in mind is that infection rates for

vaccinated persons have plummeted to almost zero; while infection rates

for unvaccinated persons continue at same pace as in January, at the height

of the pandemic. The methods for unvaccinated persons to avoid COVID-19

are the same as they have always been: wearing masks; maintaining social

distance; frequent hand-washing; and avoiding inside activities, especially with

large crowds or other unvaccinated persons.

At this time, we will not be asking individuals who enter the building whether

they have received the vaccine. We look forward to seeing you all again, and to

stamping out COVID-19!


Steve Marksamer, Acting President

Rabbi John Franken

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Kehillah MAGNET Message

Joel Yoffee

Hello Temple Adas Shalom Community,

We hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and has a beautiful summer!


The first day of Religious School will be Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Also, the great news is we will be in person! Every effort is being made to

ensure your child’s safety. More guidelines to follow as summer


We want to thank our outgoing Principal, Jenn Bober, for her many years

of hard work and dedication! The Kehillah MAGNET program, students,

and staff will miss you!

Also, let’s give a heartfelt welcome to Kehillah MAGNET’s new incoming

Principal, Sarah O’Donnell!! We wish you much success!!

Kehillah MAGNET still has student availability at all grade levels! If you

have a child or know of a family with children interested in learning

more about their Jewish heritage, Kehillah MAGNET might be the

learning environment for them. We would love the opportunity to

discuss our Jewish educational programs with all those interested. Please

contact our Principal, Sarah O’Donnell, at principal@templeadasshalom.org,

for additional information.

As always, parents answering your questions and concerns about Temple

Adas Shalom's Kehillah MAGNET Religious School Program is very

important to us, and we would love the opportunity to talk directly with

you. You always have a voice!

Many Thanks,

Joel Yoffee

Kehillah MAGNET Religious School Committee Chair

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Message from the Kehillah MAGNET Principal

Sarah O’Donnell

Hello Temple Adas Shalom Community,

I want to thank you all for the warm greetings that I have received over

the past month! I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with

so many outstanding teachers, staff members, students, and families this

year. As vaccinations increase and the world begins to open, I look

forward to welcoming everyone back to the Kehillah MAGNET

Religious School - in person - for the 2021-2022 school year. Plans for

reopening continue to change often, and I will communicate with

families regarding regulations as they are updated. As always, we will

continue to make decisions with the health and safety of our students

and their families in mind.

If you have a child in the Kehillah MAGNET Religious School this

fall, please remember to complete the previously sent survey regarding

mid-week Hebrew School. Your feedback is invaluable and greatly

appreciated! If you have not received the survey but will have a child in

the religious school this fall, please contact Courtney Washburn-

Marcheski at admin@templeadasshalom.org or Sarah O’Donnell

at principal@templeadasshalom.org.

Lastly, do you have a skill or talent that would benefit the religious

school? If you are interested in leading a cooking session or hosting a

lesson for our students, please reach out to Sarah O’Donnell

at principal@templeadasshalom.org. I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a wonderful summer, and please reach out with any questions or



Sarah O’Donnell

Principal, Kehillah MAGNET Religious School

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Adult Education News

Brian Folus

The Adult Education Committee of Temple Adas Shalom is thrilled to

present the following Summer Offerings!!!! Scroll through them all –

diverse opportunities.

Quarterly Book Discussion Group (3 of 4)

When: July 17 th

Time: 10:00 am - Start reading Today!

Book: Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky

Prayer of the Month Club - with Linda & Mark

When: Monthly, next class is on July 25 th

Time: 7:00 pm

Details: No need to pre-register for this class, just drop in via Zoom for

any session. Zoom Links can be found on the home page of our Website

at www.templeadasshalom.org.

Here is your opportunity to learn how to say and sing many of the regular prayers

included in our Shabbat services. We will look at one prayer each month, make sure all

participants can accurately read Hebrew, and then provide at least one melody

commonly used to sing the prayer.

Do you have an a topic you would like to know more about? Do you have

a skill, a story, a book, an idea of something you would like to share with

your fellow congregants? The Adult Ed committee is the place to share

your idea, questions, or thoughts ! We want to hear from you.

You can share with us your thoughts or even better join our committee.

We meet on Zoom the third Wednesday of every month. The next

meeting is July 21 st . See the calendar for the Zoom link. Hope to see you


Please email us at adulted@templeadasshalom.org. Looking forward to your

questions and suggestions!


Brian Folus

Chairperson – Temple Adas Shalom Adult Education

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Sisterhood News

Pat Wolkow

Enjoy The Summer!

The Sisterhood hosted an end of Year Event, and we opened it up to our

whole Congregation. We walked Havre de Grace’s “Lafayette Historic

Trail” on Sunday, June 13th. The weather was perfect. Thanks to Pat and

Pam, who covered our check-in table and checked in about 40

participants! Thanks to Terri, Marcia & Denise for help in the planning

and preparation. Walkers enjoyed bottled water, token Sisterhood gifts,

and bubbles to share with the town visitors! Many enjoyed coffee or

lunch on their own with an easy Buck from us as well.


Our Sisterhood Board will begin planning for next year’s calendar on July

13th. If you have suggestions, let us know through the above email


I, again, want to thank our members for their patience and endurance

with our ZOOM events this year. And to our Liaisons who helped

tremendously in planning the events.

We want to thank Courtney for all her assistance with designing and

promoting our events through media available and Rabbi Franken when

asked to spend some time with us.

Enjoy the summer and keep a watchful eye on the newsletters and the

Temple Calendar for the events and meetings.

Do you have Temple Adas Shalom Sisterhood Gift Shop needs?


Denise and Pat are ready to assist you with your purchases. We expect to

open along with the building with regular hours this fall. Check the

calendar for those dates.

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Mazel Tov to our 2021 High School & College Graduates

Garrett Baker

Graduated form the Science and Math Academy at Aberdeen High School. Garrett will be

attending the University of Maryland and will major in Mathematics.

Sophie Birnbaum

Graduated from C Milton Wright High School. Sophie will be attending Drexel University to

study Fashion Merchandising and Design.

Madison Emmie Buchness

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Degree of

Juris Doctor.

Matthew Davis

Graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He obtained a position with the Department of Defense.

Jacob Drohat

Graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a BSME degree. Jacob has

started working as an engineer at Northrop Grumman in Baltimore.

Jonah Lever

Graduated from Patterson Mill High School. Jonah will be attending the University of Maryland

College Park and will study Political Science/Law.

Avery Morris

Graduated from Fallston High School. Avery will be attending the University of Baltimore with

the plan of doing Game design/video game animation.

Sophie Schorr

Graduated from Fallston High School. Sophie will be attending the University of Maryland and

studying Public Health/Law.

Jeremiah Vogelhut

Graduated from Stony Brook University. Jeremiah is currently interviewing for jobs in Business,

Program Management, Operations, and associated fields.

Margaret Vogelhut

Graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in December 2020. Margaret works for

Deloitte as Cyber Risk Analyst in Rosslyn, Virginia.

Samuel Vogelhut

Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Samuel will attend George Mason University in

August 2021 with the plan of working for State/City/County Government, Urban Planning.

Thomas Westendorf

Graduated Aberdeen High School. Thomas will be going to Towson University and majoring in


Ashley Whiteman

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon earning her Masters degree in the Health field.

Austin Woods

Graduated from Patterson Mill High School. He will be attending the Harford County Future

Link program which is a work readiness based program.

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May 2021 – Donors


Kevin & Lisa Bress

Julie Sang

Cheryl & Jeffery Conley

Jill & Brian Schorr

Wendy & Patrick Drabinski

Col. (R) Jonas & Paula Vogelhut

Brian & Tammy Folus

Naomi Walton

Arthur & Denise Gordon

Robin & Mark Way

Linda & Stuart Needel

Mark & Patricia Wolkow

Linda & Stuart Needel

Selma Wolkow

Rayna & David Richardson

Elise & Michael Woods


Carol & Sigmund Gast

Melissa Immel

Michael Gordon

Jill & Daniel Young

Toby Merriken

In honor of Charna Kinneberg

Toby Merriken

In memory of Col. Harvey Meyer

Toby Merriken

In memory of Joanne Barila


Jayne Klein

In memory of Susan Fortiadis and Phyllis Getz

Jayne Klein

In memory of Harriet Appel

Victor Poston

Matthew Wachsman & Margaret Gillespie In memory of Audrey Wachsman

Matthew Wachsman & Margaret Gillespie In memory of Netta Gillespie

Terry Weiner

In memory of Phyllis Getz


Jill & Brian Schorr


Jessica & Daniel Hurst


Arthur & Denise Gordon

In memory of Eve Pardo and Henry Folus

Stephen & Patricia Marksamer

In memory of Muriel Norma Marksamer

Toby Merriken

In memory of Tom Merriken

Did you know you can donate online? Please visit our

website at https://harfordjewishcenter.org/tzedakah/ to

select from a number of funds available to donate to.

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Adam Bornstein

Amy Schoenberger

Annette Dirlam

Arlene Zweibach

Barbara Chancey

Evie Ciuchta

Fred Belkin

Mi Sheberakh * We Pray for Healing

Gerry Murphy

Glen McCain

Gloria Joslin

Harriet Colman

Kelcey Klass

Len Cohen

Michael Gordon

Michael Schneck

Natalie Litofsky

Philip Chancey

Rabbi Fred Natkin

Sig Gast

Terry Weiner

Recently Passed

Robert Sachs

Beloved husband of Mickie Sachs, father of Stuart and Jeff Sachs, father in law to Cathy Sachs.

Thomas Lasinski

Beloved father of Michael Lasinski, father in law to Stacy Shertok, and grandfather of Isaac


Raymond Bell

Beloved husband of Evelyn Bell, father of Mark and Ed Bell, Father in law to Judy and Mindy

Bell, and grandfather of Matthew, Sally, Aaron, and Sarah Bell

July 2021 - Yahrzeits Observed

Charles Pearlman Jul. 01 Max Dorf Jul. 17

Bobby Buchanan Jul. 02 David Lubash Jul. 17

Fannie Sadowsky Jul. 03 Golda Stokhamer Jul. 17

Goldie Benjamin Jul. 04 Harry Pillersdorf Jul. 20

Poldi Hirsch Jul. 05 John Richardson Jul. 23

Dennis Mulcahy Jul. 06 Irving Sadowsky Jul. 25

Steven L. Sacks Jul. 06 Harry Shapiro Jul. 25

Charles Brenner Jul. 10 Hyman Silver Jul. 25

Sarah Gross Jul. 10 Mary Ann Thompson-Fotiadis Jul. 25

Morris Kleiner Jul. 11 Abe Weinstein Jul. 26

Sigmund A Scheinberg Jul. 12 Sarah Paster Erlich Jul. 27

Simon Schwartz Jul. 13 Meyer Ostrowsky Jul. 27

Calvin Tannenbaum Jul. 13 Edwin Lanham Jul. 28

Simon Getz Jul. 14 Fannie Snyderman-Scherr Jul. 29

Arthur Pillersdorf Jul. 14 Harry Bress Jul. 30

Norma Larkin Jul. 16 Ethel Counts Jul. 31

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