November 2021 Newsletter


8 North Earlton Road, Ext., Havre de Grace, MD 21078


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What’s Inside?

November 2021 Calendar of Events

Temple Adas Shalom November Zoom Information & Links

President’s Message - Michael Gordon

Religious Practices Message - Melissa Immel & Mark Wolkow

Membership Message - Stephen Marksamer

Sisterhood & Gift Shop News - Pat Wolkow & Denise Gordon

Sisterhood Hanukkah Party - December 5 th

Fundraising Announcement - Terry Weiner

Miss Chocolate Fundraiser Information

Shop with Scrip Fundraiser Information

Adult Education Message - Brian Folus

Fall Minimesters with Rabbi Franken - November 7 th

Mindfulness & Meditation - November 7 th

Jewish Values Lunch N’ Learn with Natalie Dandekar - November 9th

Daven & Dine - November 12 th

Tot Shabbat - November 13 th

Taking Hold of Torah - November 13 th

Congregational Meeting - November 21 st

Hanukkah Kick Of Party - November 21 st

Prayer of the Month Club - November 21 st

Special Thanks to Our Monthly Donors

Shop with Scrip Testimonial

Mi Sheberakh List - We Pray For Healing

November 2021 Yahrzeits Observed

Caring Committee Note

Temple Adas Shalom’s November 2021 Calendar of Events

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

1 27 th of Heshvan 5782

Clare’s Gourmet Fundraiser Begins

2 28 th of Heshvan 5782 3 29 th of Heshvan 5782

6:30-7:30 pm

Kehillah MAGNET Midweek

Hebrew (Virtual Class)

6:30-8:00 pm

Membership Committee Meeting

7 3 rd of Kislev 5782

DST Ends (Fall Back 1 Hour)

9:00-12:00 pm

Kehillah MAGNET

9:00-1:00 pm

Hanukkah Gift Shop Sale for

Religious School students

9:45-11:00 am

Fall Minimester with Rabbi:

Who Wrote the Bible?

11:15-12:00 pm

Mindfulness & Meditation

(In Person)

14 10 th of Kislev 5782

Kehillah MAGNET Closed

8 4 th of Kislev 5782

Office on Vacation

9 5 th of Kislev 5782

12:00-1:30 pm

Jewish Values Lunch N Learn

with Natalie Dandekar

15 11 th of Kislev 5782 16 12 th of Kislev 5782

7:00 pm

RPC Meeting

10 6 th of Kislev 5782

6:30-7:30 pm

Kehillah MAGNET Midweek

Hebrew (Virtual Class)

7:30-8:30 pm

Choir Rehearsal

(Mike’s Home)

17 13 th of Kislev 5782

6:30-7:30 pm

Kehillah MAGNET Midweek

Hebrew (Virtual Class)

7:00-8:30 pm

Adult Ed Committee Meeting

21 17 th of Kislev 5782

9:00-12:00 pm

Kehillah MAGNET

9:00-1:00 pm

Hanukkah Gift Shop Sale in the

Social Hall

10:30 am

Congregational Meeting in the


10:30 am

Hanukkah Kick Off Latke Party

7:00-8:00 pm

Prayer of the Month Club

28 24 th of Kislev 5782

Hanukkah Begins at Sundown

Kehillah MAGNET Closed

22 18 th of Kislev 5782 23 19 th of Kislev 5782

Office on Vacation

29 25 th of Kislev 5782


Clare’s Gourmet Fundraiser Ends

30 26 th of Kislev 5782


24 20 th of Kislev 5782

Office on Vacation

ELC Noon Dismissal

9:00-12:00 pm

ELC Thanksgiving Party

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Temple Adas Shalom’s November 2021 Calendar of Events

Thursday Friday Saturday

4 29 th of Heshvan 5782

7:00-8:00 pm

Finance Committee Meeting

5 1 st of Kislev 5782

ELC Noon Dismissal

ONEG - Baker, Young, Schorr Families

5:40 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Family Eye Level Shabbat Torah Service

Rabbi Franken & Mike Mullis

6 2 nd of Kislev 5782

Parashat Toldot

6:30-8:30 pm

Regional Havdalah Event

(Melissa Immel’s Home)

11 7 th of Kislev 5782

Veteran’s Day

ELC Noon Dismissal

7:00 pm

Board Meeting

12 8 th of Kislev 5782

Office on Vacation

ELC Closed

6:17 pm

Candle Lighting

6:00 pm

Daven & Dine

Rabbi John Franken & David Jaffe

13 9 th of Kislev 5782

Parashat Vayeitzei

9:30-11:00 am

Tot Shabbat

10:30-12:00 pm

Taking Hold of Torah

18 14 th of Kislev 5782 19 15 th of Kislev 5782

ONEG - TBD Families

4:28 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat Service

Rabbi John Franken & Mike Mullis

20 16 th of Kislev 5782

Parashat Vayishlach

25 21 st of Kislev 5782

Thanksgiving Day

Office Closed

ELC Closed

26 22 nd of Kislev 5782

Office Closed

ELC Closed

4:24 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat Service Live! (Zoom only)

Rabbi John Franken

27 23 rd of Kislev 5782

Parashat Vayeishev

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November Service Zoom Information and Links

Temple Adas Shalom


Friday, November 5th, November 19 th , & November 26 th

Live Streaming starts at 7:00 pm * Meeting ID: 951 5780 9086

Password: Shalom2021


Tuesday, November 9 th

Live Streaming starts at 12:00 pm * Meeting ID: 978 1370 8462


Friday, November 12 th

Live Streaming starts at 6:00 pm * Meeting ID: 951 5780 9086

Password: Shalom2021


Saturday, November 13 th

Live Streaming starts at 10:30 am * Meeting ID: 948 2132 3037


Sunday, November 21 st

Live Streaming starts at 7:00 pm * Meeting ID: 988 2683 4447

Password: Prayer

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

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President’s Message

Michael Gordon

We have all felt the impact of the pandemic, and it has isolated many of

us and made us realize, more than ever, we need to be with others. This

sense of belonging is a powerful feeling. We have asked questions about

why we want a Jewish identity, what we expect from our affiliation with

the Temple, what more we could ask for, and how we can be heard.

The future will be different. We want you, the members of the

congregation, to define the future of Temple Adas Shalom.

The Board is undertaking an initiative to engage with as many

congregants as we can, and this will be done in a series of small group

sessions beginning the first quarter of 2022. More about this initiative

will be shared with you at the Congregational meeting on Sunday,

November 21st, at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary.

The process of answering these questions will define what our revisited

mission statement should look like and what strategies will be needed to

realize our vision. You have heard us use the term “financial

sustainability” several times in recent months. It gets real meaning when

we answer questions about whether we can afford our vision and will we

survive or will we thrive over the next decade. We will look at multiple

alternatives as we match this vision to affordability and reexamine our

revenue sources.

In addition to revisiting our vision, we believe it is time to look at the

cost of membership. Many congregations have already concluded that a

fair share dues model based on member income is not the right way for

the future. Another aspect of this initiative, with your engagement, is to

examine alternative financial models where member affordability is

linked to value received.

We are making frequent communications and transparency an absolute

priority. We are all part of this wonderful community, and the only way

we can go forward is to engage each and every one of you in this process

of transformation.

See you at the congregational meeting on the 21st.

Mike Gordon, Board President of Temple Adas Shalom

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Religious Practices Message

Melissa Immel & Mark Wolkow

Hybrid High Holidays

One thing that everyone can agree on this year and is that the High

Holiday season was undoubtedly unique. Our first year in over 50

without Sig Gast. Our first ever Hybrid Holiday services. Half of our

attendees participated in person; the other half via Zoom. All in all, our

feedback has been very positive. That said, we'd like to drill down a little

further into how members experienced the holidays, so we would greatly

appreciate it if you would take just a couple of minutes to complete our

post-HH survey. Here is the link -

There will also be separate correspondence just for the survey delivered

to your email inbox.

Coming up in November will be our newly developed Family Shabbat

service on November 5th. We plan to run these services on the first

Friday of each month over the next year when entire families will be

especially welcomed to participate in Shabbat services.

Join us on Friday, November 12th, for our quick 45-minute Daven & Dine

service, followed by dinner at Lin's Hibachi in Havre de Grace. As a

reminder, Friday, November 26th, in light of Thanksgiving on the

previous day, we will have a Zoom-only service that evening.

Lastly, are you curious? Want to learn more about how we plan services?

Care to peek behind the curtain of service prep, learn how we maintain

our Torah scrolls, follow or develop our congregation's customs and

traditions for our congregation? If so, give Melissa or Mark a call to chat

about joining our fantastic RPC team.


Melissa Immel & Mark Wolkow, Co-Chairs, Religious Practices Committe

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V.P. of Membership Message

Stephen Marksamer

Earlier in this November Newsletter, President Mike Gordon opened the

discussion on our future here at Temple Adas Shalom. He asked about

our Jewish identity, expectations of being part of the Adas Shalom

community, and how our voices can secure that future. It all begins with


Our membership with Temple Adas Shalom is the conduit for

engagement. What is membership in Adas Shalom? Is it coming to the

synagogue or joining via zoom in our Shabbat services weekly? Knowing

the building exists and feeling good about the community it serves? Does

membership offer something special you can’t get anywhere else? Are we

a caring community that helps you in times of need and where you help

others? Does Temple Adas Shalom provide a social network where you

feel comfortable? Is it only religious support that you expect or require?

Do you enjoy our rabbi leading the services, and have you participated in

his several interesting classes and sessions, from understanding Torah to

current events affecting Jews? Do you know about and participate in the

wide range of adult education offerings? Are you comfortable supporting

the Temple as a vital part of Jewish life locally but do not feel the need to

“do more”?

These and other questions shape our experience at Adas Shalom.

Each one of us answers these questions differently. We all have our

reasons for joining and participating; however, for our community to be

thriving, we must better understand the needs of our members and their

relationship to Temple Adas Shalom.

Over the next several months, there will be many opportunities for

conversations on these thoughts. Social activities, holiday gatherings,

adult education classes, our Kehillah MAGNET religious school, the

Early Learning Center program, and religious services all offer value of

membership. Our Board of Trustees is striving for increased engagement,

emphasizing congregational involvement and enhanced community

integration. Let your voices be heard. Please respond to the outreach.


Stephen Marksamer, VP Membership, Temple Adas Shalom

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Sisterhood & Gift Shop News

Pat Wolkow & Denise Gordon

TAS Sisterhood – Women supporting women and their community

Calling all Women! If you have not yet received an email from Sisterhood, contact the

Sisterhood President, Pat Wolkow.


All our Sisterhood dates have been posted on the Temple Calendar and appear in bright

pink. Covid still plays havoc on our plans, so please keep informed the best you can.


Sisterhood Scholarships to our Youth for Jewish Camperships and Teens for NFTY

programs were due October 31st. We will be meeting the following weekend, so call Pat

this first week of November if you missed the deadline.


Hanukkah is early!!! Sisterhood Gift Shop is planning two big buying Sundays for our

religious school students to shop! Parents are invited and encouraged to shop with

them on Sun. November 7th and 21st. Also, on the 21st, shop before and after the Annual

TAS Congregational meeting! (School & Shop Closed on 11/14)


Check the OUTDOOR MEBORAH LIGHTING schedule! Sisterhood is proud to

provide our congregation with a brand new Hanukkah! Sisterhood Membership

Hanukkah Party – Sunday, December 5th at 12:15! Please join us, it’s always great fun!

Contact Debby Delaney ( See the flyer with details in this


Paid-Up Membership Dinner & Program will be in February – More details soon.

Please email us at:

Membership: $42 for renewal, $36 for new members. You can pay via check to Denise

Gordon or via PayPal: Ladies Auxiliary Harford Jewish CTR.

We are members of WRJ; check out the regional activities they offer:


Volunteers needed for November openings!!!

November 7 th & 21 st - Big Hannukah Shopping Dates

December 5 th

January 9 th - Hannukah Inventory Sale

Alternatively, any Friday before Services: when requested

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Fundraising Announcement

Terry Weiner

In my travels through the Internet, looking for ideas that would be a

win-win scenario for the Temple and the congregant, a fabulous website

caught my attention. fits the bill. We all love

receiving a gift card for a present because it allows us to shop at our

favorite store. Not only does the recipient smile, but so will you when

you order through this website. There are rebates in varying amounts

that come with purchasing these cards, and the best part is you get 50%

of that rebate back while the synagogue receives the other 50%!

By now, each congregant that has an email on file should have received

an email notifying them of how to sign up for this program. After testing

it, there is no other word to describe it other than fabulous! You can

download the app RaiseRight to get started. But check your email (if you

don’t see it, check your spam folder). The holidays are coming sooner than you

think, and what better way to shop than through this company. You can

even do it in your underwear in the wee hours of the morning!

Another fundraiser that kicked off this week was the event. The fundraiser is open until December 15th

and has candy and other sweets, toys, and household items (the list goes on

and on).

1. Go to and then “Online Store”.

2. Click on Student/SellerDashboard. Next click Register – I Know My

School ID.

3. Use your organization ID 706116 to register and follow directions.

4. You can invite family and friends to shop online at your

PERSONALIZED website to help raise money for our Temple!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me

at To date, we have raised over $600

- half to the synagogue and the rest is in our pockets!


Terry Weiner, Fundraising Chair

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Do you have friends and family who do not want to place their order online? Use

the EASY ORDER FORM found at misschocolate-easyorderform-revised-sept-2020jr.pdf

to place orders for friends and family if they prefer instead of ordering online for

themselves. When you are done selling place the entire order and pay online.

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Adult Education News

Brian Folus

The Adult Education committee would like to share with you our Fall-Winter lineup of

programs available to our members.

Virtual Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, November 9th at noon with Natalie Dandekar.

When we think about Jewish values, what comes to mind? What are Jewish priorities?

Why do Jews answer a question with a question? The discussion will be an exploration

of two very distinctive perspectives on these questions. On the one hand, an orthodox

Rabbi who is an environmental activist and a global interfaith activist. Explore the

contrasts and the balancing acts that we may discover areas where we are ready to

attempt to deepen our understanding. Come, let’s lunch and learn, with Natalie


Virtual Road trip to the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Thursday, November 18th,

2021, at 7:00 pm. This program is free of charge. This fall, the Jewish Museum of

Maryland (JMM) is taking a virtual road trip around Maryland to meet and engage

with Jewish community members throughout the state. JMM aims to represent and

record stories of the full spectrum of Jewish life, from the very first Jewish immigrants

to Maryland through today, and we need your help. Register for the November 18th

session at

It’s time for the Hanukkah Film Festival. Hanukkah is just around the corner, and

here is an activity for the whole family! It’s only $36 for the entire festival. The Opening

Night lineup is three world premieres, all on the same first night of Hanukkah. For

more information and film trailers, please visit

Coming in January is our next Book Discussion hosted by Mark Wolkow. We will be

reading “All Other Nights” by Dara Horn. “How is tonight different from all other nights?

For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army during the Civil War, it is a

question his commanders have already answered for him - on Passover, 1862.

You can obtain a copy of this book thru the Harford County Library using your library

card and Marina. Visit

Enter your library card number and password and then the title “All Other Nights.”

Then choose the type of book you want, print, audio, eBook. And finally, which branch

you would like it sent to for pickup.

We hope you will join us for these activities. The Adult Ed Committee would welcome

your suggestions. Feel free to email me at, or better yet, feel

free to join our committee. We meet on zoom every third Wednesday of the month at

7:00 pm. Just click Adult Ed Meeting on the TAS Calendar.

Hope to see you soon!


Brian Folus, Adult Education Chair

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David Brenner

Debbie Rose Delaney

Arthur & Denise Gordon

Cheryl & Jeffery Conley

Wendy & Patrick Drabinski

David & Mindy Fang

Arthur & Denise Gordon

Richard Hoffman

Barbara & Natalie Litofsky

Linda & Stuart Needel

Rayna & David Richardson

Debbie Rose Delaney

Melissa Immel

Gregory & Felice Repas

Zita Schneck

Michael Gordon

Kendall Baskin

Jayne Klein

Phillp & Winnie Levinson

Ellen & Ken Farkas

Joan Berger

William & Terri Broemm

Joseph Kaminkow

Vadim Mzhen

Eric & Shana Rubinstein

Harvey & Marion Yurow

Harvey & Marion Yurow

Harvey & Marion Yurow

September 2021 – Donors


In memory of Bea Sadowsky


Robert & Barbara Lynch


Julie Sang

Jill & Brian Schorr

Col. (R) Jonas & Paula Vogelhut

Naomi Walton

Mark & Patricia Wolkow

Selma Wolkow

Elise & Michael Woods

Jill & Daniel Young


In memory of Sig Gast

In honor of Ann Cogan for her generosity

In memory of David Schneck



In memory of my father Steven Baskin

In memory of Larry Ross


Mickie Sachs


In memory of Sigmund Gast

In memory of Raymond Bell

In honor of Brian Folus

In honor of Temple Adas Shalom. Thank you for

allowing me to attend your beautiful High Holy Day


In honor of the High Holidays

In memory of Aaron Kaplan

In memory of Anne Maxwell

In memory of Esther Finkelstein, our beloved friend


William & Terri Broemm

In memory of Amy Schoenberger

David & Natasha Pollock

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David & Mindy Fang

September 2021 – Donors con’t


Terry Weiner & Herb Abrams


Terry Weiner & Herb Abrams

William & Terri Broemm


In memory of Sig Gast

Shop with Scrip

Mark & Pat Wolkow

Money for nothing; bits for free!

Did you know you can donate online? Please visit our website at to select from a number of

funds available to donate to.

With apologies to Dire Straits (I want my MTV), we are talking about some serious dough - not just

2 bits! You've probably seen emails and articles about our newest fundraising program

- Terry Weiner has described the program and how to join. Pat and I were

curious, so we signed up to see how it worked. Here's what we found: It is super easy to earn

money for yourself and the Temple while buying stuff you ordinarily buy anyway! Just use a gift

card instead of paying with cash or credit.

So far, we've just used the eCards. It costs 15 cents to purchase up to thousands of dollars worth

of eCards. The money that you and the Temple get really starts to add up. For example, we

bought two $50 Panera Bread eCards, which give 8% back. So $4 goes to the Temple and $4 to

us. You can purchase the cards in seconds on the RaiseRight app, and there's no expiration date.

The money is credited as soon as you buy the card and posted at the beginning of the following

month. The app also keeps track of your transactions.

We plan to spend about $200 this year with Shutterfly. They ran a special rate of 11.75%, so $11.75

goes to us and $11.75 to the Temple. There are over 700 vendors, most of which are household

names. Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Applebees, the list goes on. In addition to the regular

reimbursement rates, specials get up to 13%-15% for some brands. A $1000 TV or stove at Best

Buy (4%) puts $20 in your pocket and the Temples. How much do you spend at Shoprite? 4%

back there as well - every time you shop. Our big purchase this month was a downpayment on

new kitchen cabinets. With just that purchase at Home Depot, the Temple (and we) will see

almost $300 go into our accounts.

If every member of our congregation gets on board, you won't need a degree in math to calculate

how much in donations we could earn and how that will affect our operating budget. Give it a


Mark & Pat Wolkow

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Adam Bornstein

Anita Rosenzweig

Arlene Zweibach

Barbara Chancey

Brenda Dollianger

Evie Ciuchta

Fred Belkin

Mi Sheberakh * We Pray for Healing

Gerry Murphy

Glen McCain

Gloria Joslin

Harav Sarah Hadassah

Harriet Colman

Irvin Paul

Kathryn Werde

Len Cohen

Michael Schneck

Natalie Litofsky

Paula Mullis

Philip Chancey

Rabbi Fred Natkin

Terry Weiner

November 2021 - Yahrzeits Observed

Samuel Berger Nov. 01 Clara Schneck Nov. 15

Lena Apple Nov. 02 Cheryl Miller Shimp Nov. 16

Irene Alk Getz Nov. 02 Morris Apple Nov. 17

Lisa Schkloven Nov. 02 Lillian Ribyat Braverman Nov. 17

Jerrold Bress Nov. 04 Jacob Feinberg Nov. 17

Ralph Klein Nov. 05 Irwin M. Wolkow Nov. 18

Julia Pillersdorf Nov. 05 Irwin Goldstein Nov. 19

William Weintraub Nov. 06 Katherine Hamburger Nov. 19

Lorraine Jachman Nov. 07 Selma Weinstein Nov. 19

Alvin Needel Nov. 07 Marcia Scheiner Nov. 20

Arthur J. Davis Nov. 09 Randy Bress Nov. 21

Julius Diamant Nov. 09 Melvin Chayt Nov. 21

Aaron Hauchman Nov. 09 Lucille Josephs Cohen Nov. 21

Steven Martin Shuman Nov. 09 Yetta Belitzky Nov. 23

Anna Goldberg Black Nov. 10 Gerald Litwak Nov. 23

Natalie Evelyn Buchness Nov. 10 Kate Getz Nov. 24

Lyn Stacie Getz Nov. 10 Adolph Nord Nov. 25

Merelyn Paul Nov. 10 Leon Lee" Greene" Nov. 26

Florence Schwaber Nov. 10 Toby Needel Nov. 26

Kathleen Farrell Nov. 11 Nathan Sachs Nov. 26

Harry Schultz Nov. 11 Aaron Baumgarten Nov. 27

Melvin Howard Sang Nov. 12 Susan Seidenberg Nov. 28

Irving Shur Nov. 12 Joseph Braverman Nov. 30

Benjamin Hirsch Nov. 14 Wendy Ann Zion Nov. 30

Morris Weinstein Nov. 14

Caring Note

Illness? Hospitalization? Special moment you would like to share?

We want to be there for you so please let us know. Email

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