May 2022 Newsletter


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


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What’s Inside?

May 2021 Calendar of Events

May Zoom Information & Links

President’s Message - Mike Gordon

Religious Practices Message - Melissa Immel

Welcoming Rabbi Meeka Simerly - Rabbi Search Committee

Important Message from the TAS Safety & Security Team

Fundraising Announcement - Terry Weiner

View our Fundraisers

Sisterhood & Gift Shop News - Pat Wolkow & Denise Gordon

Social Committee Message - Susanah Kolstad & Jessica Hurst

Kehillah MAGNET Message - Joel Yoffee & Sarah O’Donnell

Virtual Mindfulness & Meditation - May 1 st

New Member Shabbat - May 13 th

Tot Shabbat - May 14 th

Taking Hold of Torah - May 14 th

Tot Shira Sing-a-Long & Playgroup - May 15 th

Sisterhood Dinner, Havdalah, & Installation - May 21 st

Congregational Meeting - May 22 nd

Lag B’Omer Picnic - May 22 nd

Daven & Dine - May 27 th

Sisterhood Year End Garden Party - RSVP by May 27 th

Special Thanks to Our Monthly Donors

Mi Sheberakh List - We Pray For Healing

Recently Passed

May 2021 Yahrzeits Observed

Mazel Tov

Temple Adas Shalom’s May 2022 Calendar of Events

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

1 30 th of Nissan 5782

Leading Change: A URJ Summit (Day 1)

9:00-12:00 pm

Kehillah MAGNET

10:00-10:45 am

Mindfulness & Meditation

3:00-5:00 pm

ELC Art Show

2 1 st of Iyyar 5782

Leading Change: A URJ Summit (Day 2)

3 2 nd of Iyyar 5782

Leading Change: A URJ Summit (Day 3)

7:00-8:30 pm

Membership Committee Meeting

4 3 rd of Iyyar 5782

6:30-7:30 pm

Kehillah MAGNET Midweek

Hebrew (Virtual Class)

7:45-8:45 pm

Transition Team Meeting

8 7 th of Iyyar 5782

Mother’s Day

9 8 th of Iyyar 5782

9:00 am

Muffins with Mom

10 9 th of Iyyar 5782

7:00 pm

Calendar Meeting

11 10 th of Iyyar 5782

6:30-7:30 pm

Kehillah MAGNET Midweek

Hebrew (Virtual Class)

15 14 th of Iyyar 5782

9:00-12:00 pm

Kehillah MAGNET

10:30-11:30 am

Tot Shira Sing-a-long &


16 15 th of Iyyar 5782 17 16 th of Iyyar 5782 18 17 th of Iyyar 5782

Erev Lag B’Omer

2:00-3:30 pm

Adult Ed Committee Meeting

6:30-7:30 pm

Last Day of Kehillah MAGNET

Midweek Hebrew (Virtual Class)

22 21 st of Iyyar 5782

9:00-12:00 pm

Last Day of Kehillah MAGNET

10:30-12:00 pm

Congregational Meeting

12:00 pm

Lag B’Omer Picnic

23 22 nd of Iyyar 5782 24 23 rd of Iyyar 5782

1:00 pm

Senior Birthday Lunch

Liberatore’s in Bel Air, MD

7:00 pm

RPC Meeting

25 24 th of Iyyar 5782

29 28 th of Iyyar 5782

9:00-12:00 pm

Kehillah MAGNET

10:30-11:30 am

Tot Shira Sing-a-long &


30 29 th of Iyyar 5782

Memorial Day

Office Closed & ELC Closed

31 1 st of Sivan 5782

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Temple Adas Shalom’s May 2022 Calendar of Events

Thursday Friday Saturday

5 4 th of Iyyar 5782

Yom Ha’Atzmaut

7:00 pm

Countering Active Threat Training (CATT)

8:00 pm

Finance Committee Meeting

6 5 th of Iyyar 5782

7:45 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Family Shabbat & Eye Level Torah Service

Rabbi John Franken & Mike Mullis

7 6 th of Iyyar 5782

Parashat Kedoshim

12 11 th of Iyyar 5782

7:00 pm

Board Meeting

13 12 th of Iyyar 5782

7:52 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

New Member Shabbat Service

Rabbi John Franken, Mike Mullis & the

Temple Adas Shalom Choir

14 13 th of Iyyar 5782

Parashat Emor

9:30-11:00 am

Tot Shabbat

10:30-12:00 pm

Taking Hold of Torah

19 18 th of Iyyar 5782

Lag B’Omer

7:30 pm

Choir Rehearsal

(Mike’s Home)

20 19 th of Iyyar 5782

7:58 pm

Candle Lighting

7:00 pm

Shabbat Torah Service

Rabbi John Franken & members of the Temple

Adas Shalom Choir

21 20 th of Iyyar 5782

Parashat Behar

5:00-8:30 pm

Sisterhood Dinner, Havdalah, & Board


26 25 th of Iyyar 5782 27 26 th of Iyyar 5782

ELC Noon Dismissal

8:04 pm

Candle Lighting

6:00 pm

Daven & Dine Service

Naomi Walton, Mike Mullis, & members of

the Temple Adas Shalom Choir

28 27 th of Iyyar 5782

Parashat Bechukotai

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May Service Zoom Information and Links

Temple Adas Shalom


Friday, May 6th

Live Streaming starts at 6:45 pm; In-Person service starts at 7:00 pm * Meeting ID: 857 5868 1892

Password: Shabbat22


Friday, May 13th

Live Streaming starts at 6:45 pm; In-Person service starts at 7:00 pm * Meeting ID: 857 5868 1892

Password: Shabbat22


Saturday, May 14th

Live Streaming starts at 10:30 am; In-Person class starts at 10:30 am * Meeting ID: 948 2132 3037


Friday, May 20th

Live Streaming starts at 6:45 pm; In-Person service starts at 7:00 pm * Meeting ID: 857 5868 1892

Password: Shabbat22


Friday, May 27th

Live Streaming starts at 5:45 pm; In-Person service starts at 6:00 pm * Meeting ID: 857 5868 1892

Password: Shabbat22

Did you miss a Shabbat? Visit our Virtual Experience page to view our recording


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President’s Message

Michael Gordon

In case you haven’t noticed, these have been very busy times. The Rabbi

Search team has passed milestone after milestone, leading up to the

Board offering the job to Rabbi Meeka Simerly. She has accepted the


The Focus Groups worked with half the congregation and are

completing the analysis phase. The congregational vision for the future is

taking shape.

The Board has decided to tackle the bookkeeping and membership

management issues that have existed for a long time. We will be

migrating off the inadequate Rakefet software and outsourcing

bookkeeping to a company named Kesef which is servicing 100

synagogues. Membership management will be moving to a cloud-based

system name ShulCloud which is in use by more than 1,000 temples. You

will be hearing a great deal more about these initiatives over the next

several months.

The activities mentioned above are a fraction of what is happening at

Temple Adas Shalom. The remainder of this newsletter will give you a

taste of the many good things taking place.

The mid-year congregational meeting is Sunday, May 22, at 10:30 AM;

along with religious school and a picnic, you can spend the whole day at

the Temple. You will get updates on the many activities mentioned in

this newsletter.


Mike Gordon

Temple Adas Shalom President

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Religious Practices Message

Melissa Immel & Mark Wolkow

Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe that we haven't been "panim el panim" face-to-face for

nearly two years, except primarily through a computer screen. It was

refreshing to finally see so many friends in person during the Second

Night Seder, catered by our very own Chef Extraordinaire, Robin Way.

It's also exciting to see Mike Mullis and the Choir share the bima with

Rabbi again. Please stay tuned for more details regarding a special event

planned to say farewell to Rabbi John Franken, who has helped lead us

through this pandemic. Together, we will send him off with smiles,

gratitude, and well wishes for the next chapter of his journey.

Meanwhile, I am looking forward to my next chapter as RPC Chair. I am

exceedingly grateful for Mark Wolkow's leadership, as he served as

Chair or Co-Chair of the RPC for nearly eighteen years. I also want to

thank him for his friendship and mentorship, as I served with him as Cochair

for the past six years. I wish Mark all the best in his new role as our

Temple President. I can't think of anyone more qualified to lead us into

the future.

Please be sure to visit our calendar for the latest events.

Hope to see you soon!

Melissa Immel

(Soon-to-be) RPC Chair

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Welcoming Rabbi Meeka Simerly

Rabbi Search Committee

On behalf of the Rabbi Search Committee, Melissa and I are pleased to

announce that Rabbi Meeka Simerly has accepted the position of Rabbi

of Temple Adas Shalom.

Rabbi Meeka, as she likes to be called, is a

Cantor and a Rabbi. She was born in

Haifa, Israel, and currently lives in Wayne,

NJ, with her husband, Dave, and their dog,

Oreo. They love the outdoors and are

excited to move to our “neck of the


Rabbi Meeka’s tentative start date is

August 15, 2022, and she is currently

looking for a home in our community. She

loves engaging children and adults, is very involved in her community in

New Jersey, and is looking to engage with our temple community and

the Harford County community as well.

She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Wayne Township Interfaith

Council, promoting acceptance, appreciation, and love among people

from different religious, racial, and national backgrounds.

All those who have met and interacted with Rabbi Meeka are excited to

welcome her to our community. Melissa and I will share news in the near

future about events for congregants to attend to meet and welcome

Rabbi Meeka and Dave Simerly.

Your Temple Adas Shalom Rabbi Search Committee

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TAS Safety & Security News

Pat Wolkow

Our Congregation has been offered a virtual lesson/discussion via Zoom

for “Counter Active Threat Training.”

Countering Active Threat Training (CATT) is a comprehensive training

program to counter an active threat event developed for faith-based

institutions and houses of worship.

Course objectives are as follows:

• identify and explain the steps to survive an active threat incident;

• understand how to prepare for an active threat event;

• know how to respond to law enforcement’s arrival;

• commit to action during an active threat event.

This training is open to all adults, and there is no cost.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing

information about joining the meeting.

Pat Wolkow

Security Team Leader

Looking for volunteers, committed to our safety to join our team!

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Fundraising Announcement

Terry Weiner

FlowerPower is getting close to ending and benefits the schools. If you

haven’t looked at the catalog, go to and take a

look at what they have to offer. I know that many of the congregants that

ordered last time were quite pleased with the quality of the plants they

received. Fundraiser will close on May 15 th .

The Panera fundraiser has been a great success, and there are a few strips

left. Each strip is $10.00, and you have a choice of all bagels (6 coupons with

three bagels each) or the variety strip (6 coupons with three bagels, two cookies, one

brownie, one baguette, one focaccia loaf, and one ciabatta loaf). Half of the cost of the

strip goes to the synagogue. The office has additional strips if you are

interested in purchasing some.

The auction is shaped up to be quite extraordinary! We raised over $6,000

for the Temple and we are grateful for all that participated.

As always, there is the program. Some serious money is

to be earned, and half of that comes back to you, with TAS getting the other

half. If you haven’t signed up, do yourself a favor and get on the bandwagon!

For details on how to sign up, contact me, and I will send along the cheat

sheet to take you to step by step through the process. It is perfectly safe -

the company has been in business for over 20 years, and the folks there are

wonderful to deal with. If you are uncomfortable giving out your bank

information, there is always a credit card. Those who have been using this

website love it! And they also have an app that makes it easy to order from

- RaiseRight.

Finally, the schools will be having a bowlathon on May 22nd at Harford

Bowling Lanes in Aberdeen. Various congregants donated monies to make

this cost-free to the first 30 kids who signed up. Consider sponsoring a child

with a donation tied to the number of pins they knockdown. If you don’t

know anyone that is enrolled, contact Sarah or DaNae to find out who needs


Keep your eyes on upcoming emails regarding these events. Your

participation helps make us stronger and, as Mike Gordon always says,


Terry Weiner

Fundraising Chair

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Sisterhood & Gift Shop News

Pat Wolkow & Denise Gordon

TAS Sisterhood – Women supporting women and their community


• Regional Area WRJ Event - First ever!

Hosted by TAS Sisterhood Wednesday, August 10th at 6:00 pm -

Welcoming Sisterhoods from Baltimore Hebrew, Har Sinai-Oheb

Shalom, and Beth Emeth Congregations. More details are forthcoming.


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 Havdalah Service & Insallation Ceremony - Saturday, May

21 st at 5:00 pm

Special Honorable Naming for Amy Schoenberger - of Blessed Memory

(WE NEED VOLUNTEERS - Contact Susannah Kolstad or Denise Gordon)


The Best Place to Bee Year End Event - Sunday June 5 th


We are BUSY, but not too busy to chat with you! Please email us



$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:


Email denise or Pat at

Friday – May 6 th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm or by appointment before Friday Night Services.

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Social Committee Message

Susannah Kolstad, Co-Chair

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our End of Passover Pizza and Movie

Night, where we shared pizza and watched the animated film, The Prince of

Egypt. Thank you also to those who volunteered to help us with the event. We

cannot do these wonderful events without your support. We appreciate all of

you so much.

This month we will have two fabulous events to celebrate with our


First, we will celebrate our newest additions to our Congregation with our

New Member Shabbat on May 13th at 7:00 pm, followed by an Oneg. Those

who are new members being honored, please get in touch with Stephen

Markesmer at

Second, directly following the last day of Religious School and after the

Congregational Meeting, we will be having a Lag B’Omer Picnic and Field

Day on Sunday, May 22 nd starting at 12:00 pm. We will have a catered

Mediterranean lunch (Registration and Tickets Required) and field games, a bouncy

house, 50-50 raffle, and more.

We will be holding our LAST Shira Sing-Along and Playgroup on May 15th

from 10:30-11:30 during Religious School for birth through preschool-age kids.

We sing Jewish songs that will appeal to young children. We will be meeting in

the Chapel in the school wing and having playtime afterward in the Chapel or


We are always looking for additional support through volunteers and

donations of funds and supplies. Monetary donations can be made online at:

Here is a list of our Upcoming Social Events:

PJ Pancake Breakfast with PJ Library - June 12 th from 9:00 - 10:30 am

Sock Hop and Ice Cream Social - July 23 rd from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Congregational Picnic and Outdoor Movie - August 27 th

Apple Picking - September 11 th

Sukkot Potluck Dinner - Date TBD for October

See you all there!

Susannah Kolstad and Jessica Hurst

Co-Chairs, Social Committee

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Kehillah MAGNET Message

Joel Yoffee & Sarah O’Donnell

Hello Temple Adas Shalom Community.

We want to thank everyone for participating in a fun-filled year of learning! Please note

that our last day of religious school is Sunday, May 22, 2022. Please don’t forget to sign

your child up for the 2022/2023 school year!


Our Flower Power Fundraiser is ongoing! If you are a gardener at heart or simply

looking to take on a spring project, please use this fundraiser to purchase your

supplies. Flower Power will accept orders until May 15th, but early orders will begin

to ship on April 1st in the order received. 50% of all sales, excluding sales tax and

shipping fees, go towards our school! Thank you in advance for your support!

Fundraising Website:

MIDWEEK REMINDER SCHEDULE: Midweek (for Hebrew learning only) will

be held via Zoom and occur on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Just 1



Tot Shabbat: Once a month (typically on a Saturday morning), Kehillah MAGNET

hosts a Tot Shabbat service for children seven and younger. This service is a

wonderful way to introduce our little ones into the synagogue through stories,

music, and play. Our upcoming service will be held in-person in the sanctuary

on Saturday, May 14 th , starting at 9:30 am. I can’t wait to see you there!

Family Shabbat: Our very own Mike Mullis will lead services geared towards

families on the first Friday of every month (October through May). Family Shabbat

is a great way to enjoy the company of friends, relax after a long week and

provide a further understanding of Hebrew learning! The next family service will

be on Friday, May 6 th starting at 7:00 pm.

Tot Shirah: One Sunday morning a month (during Religious School), Temple

member Susannah Kolstad will be leading a half-hour-long session for babies and

toddlers in which families can sing fun Jewish/ seasonal songs. The song session

will last from 10:30 to 11:00 am, followed by half an hour of playtime and

socialization for parents/guardians! The next Tot Shira will be on Sunday, May

15 th !

Kehillah ONEG: Every Sunday that Religious School is in session, Kehillah

MAGNET will be offering donuts to all students, families, staff members, and

prospective families that would like to check out the Religious School. Please tell

all your friends interested in joining our school to contact Sarah O’Donnell


Joel Yoffee , Kehillah MAGNET Religious School Committee Chair

Sarah O’Donnell, Kehillah MAGNET Principal

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Linda & Stuart Needel

Julie Sang

Gregory & Felice Repas

March 2022 – Donors


Jill & Brian Schorr

Elise & Michael Woods

In memory of Arlene Zweibach


Melissa Immel

Mark & Patricia Wolkow

Rayna & David Richardson

Jill & Daniel Young

Debbie Rose Delaney

Anonomous Donor

Dr. Jeffrey & Francene Cohen

Arthur & Denise Gordon

Jayne Klein

Jayne Klein

Jayne Klein

Jewish Communal Fund

Robert & Barbara Lynch

Marilyn Ross

Dr. Howard & Sandy Schapiro

Mark & Patricia Wolkow

In memory of Wally Lyons


In memory of Arlene Zweibach

In memory of Arlene Zweibach

In memory of Arlene Zweibach

In memory of Andrew Klein

In memory of Arlene Zweibach

In memory of Barbara Keyser

In memory of Arlene Zweibach

In memory of Arlene Zweibach

In memory of Arlene Zweibach


Frank & Randi Chancey

In memory of Judy Fine & Jimmy Chancey

Jessica & Daniel Hurst

In honor of the Purim Carnival to help cover costs

David & Natasha Pollock

Jewish Communal Fund


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

available to donate to.


Jacob Mullis is requesting some much needed financial assistance with his eagle project this year.

Jacob is assisting Temple Adas Shalom with rebuilding/replacing the broken shed outside next to

the playground, and needs to raise about $1,000 for it.

This shed has housed our Purim Games for the last 10 years and has not taken well to the elements

over this time. Sadly a lot of our Purim Games were destroyed and this is a much needed project for

us here at Temple Adas Shalom . Anything you can do to help him raise these funds would be greatly


Call Michele Mullis directly to find out how you can contribute to this mitzvah today.

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Adam Bornstein

Andy Fridberg

Barbara Chancey

David Cadet

Eric Babcock

Evie Ciuchta

Fred Belkin

Gerry Murphy

Glen McCain

Mi Sheberakh * We Pray for Healing

Gloria Joslin

Harriet Colman

Heather Mullis

Irvin Paul

Jerry Silverman

Kathryn Werde

Katie Gainor

Len Cohen

Melissa Cohavi

Recentlty Passed

Michael Schneck

Beloved son of Zita Schneck and brother of Howard (Debbie) Schneck.

Merry Chancey

Natalie Litofsky

Patricia Marsksamer

Patricia Trimble

Paula Mullis

Philip Chancey

Rabbi Fred Natkin

Rob Kinneberg

Terry Weiner

Joanne Hurwitz

Beloved wife of mother of Rayna (David) Richardson, and grandmother of Sarah, Jacob and Adam.

May 2022 - Yahrzeits Observed

Syd Bernstein May 01 Esther Kushner May 13

Ida Richman May 02 Paula Stein May 14

Robert L. Gwaltney May 03 Jacob David Graff May 15

Helen Vogel May 03 Sally Altman May 16

Tillye Getz May 04 Pearl Feldstein Spergel May 19

Nathan Golbin May 05 Suzanne Gordon May 20

Karen Avra Ruskin May 05 Netta Gillespie May 21

Anna Greenberg May 06 Samuel Nathanson May 21

Margie Tannenbaum May 07 Gustave Charles Zader May 22

Nina Schiff May 08 Jack Stein May 23

Norman Cogan May 09 Julius Goldberg May 24

Shelly Shuman May 10 Marilyn Gordon May 25

Fannie Hutner May 11 Harry Schneck May 25

Nathan M. Siegel May 12 Sylvia Posner May 27

Jimmy Chancey May 13 Leo Spergel May 29

Mazel Tov – Birth of Lucas Frederick Wood

Mazel Tov to Karen & Fred Wood on the birth of their son, Lucas Frederick Wood

and to his grandparents, Mark & Pat Wolkow and Sandy & Fred Wood on this joyous


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Temple Adas Shalom

8 North Earlton Road, Extension

Havre de Grace, MD 21078

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