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The Bulletin: May/June/July 2000

     From the Cantor
     
     BEMIDBAR (Torah portion for June 3rd): The name of this portion in English is Numbers, the same as the name of the Biblical book which it opens. The Latin name for this book is Numeri, a translation of the Greek Arithmoi, based on the extensive statistical material which opens this book. The Hebrew name, Bemidbar, derives from the fifth word of this opening portion.
     Numbers is a more accurate title for this chapter and this book, as it points to the underlying structure dominating the text. Throughout the Book of Numbers, we read lists: lists of tribes, of their leaders, their offerings, their marching orders, their numbers.
     Measuring, taking account, and drawing up lists are basic ways of creating a semblance of order. The marshaling of the tribes recorded in such detail in this and subsequent chapters suggests that the children of Israel are emerging from the status of a mixed multitude into something resembling a community. Moses has begun organizing the desert. The focus is on a division of labor necessary to the formation of a coherent society.
     The book of Numbers opens with the account of a census. As the Israelites were preparing to enter the land of Israel, they needed an army ready to go into battle. The census, a means of organizing and enlisting all men over the age of 20, was taken to determine how many soldiers were eligible for this military challenge. The Israelites had been encamped at Mt. Sinai for a year, and the census was taken just before they set off.
     Individuals portrayed throughout the Book of Numbers are genealogically linked to one of the twelve sons of Jacob, but also act as representatives of tribe leaders. This is a way of giving the tribes a convincing genealogical linkage. The Torah depicts the 12 tribes of Israel as originating from the 12 sons of Jacob (he had a daughter, Dinah, who is never mentioned in later books). This genealogical conception of Israel's history is an important feature of biblical tradition, for it traces the background not only of kings but of the whole people. In this image of Israel's collective past, the Torah presents these ancestral figures as identifiable persons in their own age. This personalization is one reason biblical stories are eternally valid and vital, since we see our ancestors as flesh and blood, possessing human weaknesses along with strengths.
     The Book of Numbers can be seen as the story of an adolescence, an extended maturing process. The book covers the years of the people's wanderings in the desert, yet only the beginning and closing periods of the journey are described in any detail. The 38 years during which a new generation matures receive no attention at all. Those who were saved from Egypt but did not prove themselves worthy of the gift of freedom were condemned to die in the desert wilderness (midbar) and are given scant space in the Torah. The harshness of the desert environment was a necessary element in Israel's spiritual development. The midbar was a kind of "school" where the Israelites were able to mature out of slavery and idolatry to become a free and even powerful people. Within the unique barrenness and dangers of the desert environment they learned respect for nature and the importance of each person to the community. No longer slaves, they had to learn to bear the burden of their own survival, which included mutual dependence and loyalty to one another as well as to the ethical and ritual commandments they received during their desert years.
     The transition from mixed multitude to strong nation involved Israel's acceptance of a code of law, of some kind of political leadership, and of the sense that it had a special destiny. And though the book recounts many failures, and a whole generation was condemned to die in the wilderness, the covenant between Israel and God was not broken. The period of wandering may be seen as a trial of faith, at the end of which emerged the vision of a new nation.
     
     Cantor Helen Leneman
     
     From UAHC
     
     At the UAHC/WRJ Biennial Convention this past December, Rabbi Eric Yoffie launched the UAHC Campaign to End Gun Violence, proclaiming: "First and foremost, we need to see the control of guns not as a political problem but as a solemn religious obligation. Our gun-flooded society has turned weapons into idols, and the worship of idols must be recognized for what it is - blasphemy. The only appropriate religious response to idolatry is sustained moral outrage."
     Sick and tired of watching too many children gunned down, mothers, fathers, and concerned citizens nationwide are saying "enough is enough" by mobilizing a march on the nation's capital next Mother's Day, May 14th, to voice outrage over the escalating and senseless gun violence directed at children.
     THE Million Mom March campaign is mobilizing activists of all ages, religions, regions and political affiliations with a simple cry: The Right of Children to Live in Safety. And though the theme of motherhood figures prominently into the March, everyone is welcome. The weekend promises to be an excellent family event, and an opportunity to instill the spirit of activism in children.
     For more information on matters of gun regulations, contact Ben Miller at the Religious Action Center, the social action office of the UAHC, at (202)387-2800,
     
     Kallah 2000
     Why Should Children Only
     Have All the Fun This Summer?

     
     Treat yourself to a unique and spiritual study experience. Plan to attend the Reform Movement's premier retreat and enveloping Shabbat experience, Kallah 2000. Join other adults from around the country for five days of Jewish learning with prominent academicians, leading congregational rabbis, and cantors.
     Experience community building in retreat setting
     It's "camp" for grown-ups!
     
     This Summer, Kallah 2000 Will Be Held at the following Four North American Locations:
     * Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
      (June 28-July 2)
     * University of California, Santa Cruz (July 19-23)
     * University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (August 2-6)
     * Canadian Kolel Kallah, camp George, Parry Sound, Ontario
      (August 23-27)
     No Previous Experience Required
     
     For more information, please contact:
     UAHC Department of Adult Jewish Growth
     633 Third Avenue
     New York, NY 10017-6778
     Phone: (212)650-4087
     E mail: ajgrowth@uahc.org
     www.uahc.org/growth/kalla
     
     You Call It Philanthropy, We Call it Tzedakah
     
      The following article from Seeds of Reform by A. Charles Halpern, is printed with his permission.
     
      The Lyrics of the old '30s standard says that potatoes, potatahs, tomatoes, tomatahs are just variations in pronunciation. The meaning of the words remain the same, so let's not "call the whole thing off." The word philanthropy, and its Jewish counterpart, tzedakah, are also variations on a theme - but with difference.
      Philanthropy, from Greek, "love for man," is defined as charitable giving based on a feeling of goodwill towards fellow human beings. Tzedakah, based on he Hebrew word root tzedek, "justice," is defined as individual support of private institutions that operate for the public good. In its deeper sense, tzedakah, may be thought of as "righteous empowerment," the use of wealth and resources to achieve justice within our community.
      While philanthropy is voluntaristic, tzedakah is obligatory, a mitzvah (commandment) based on the Jewish concept of covenant, partnership with God. This mitzvah is highly valued within Jewish tradition: According to Talmud, "Tzedakah equals all the other commandments" (Baba Bathra 9a).
      It seems, however, that this sense of "commandment" has not been fully embraced by the baby-boom generation. During the unprecedented stock market-driven prosperity of the 1990s, the proportion of households making charitable contributions actually declined, and those who gave have been giving a small percentage of their incomes.
      Jewish giving by individual "philanthropists" and private foundations has declined steadily from the first to the fourth generations of Jews, a trend likely even to accelerate as the next generation assumes control of the funds. One of the most significant questions facing the Jewish communal world is whether that "next generation" will share their parents' concept of tzedakah as a communal mandate to pursue justice - as a tax, in essence, rather than a gift.
      Indications are that the separation of the Jewish and universal philanthropic worlds will increasingly dissolve in the future, particularly as bonds between Israel and American Jews become less emotional. The synagogue, however, will remain the true home of Judaism and must continue to command a preferential position in the prioritization of Jewish giving. While love of humanity can and should be demonstrated through support of an alma mater, a local hospital or a homeless shelter, it is to the synagogue we turn in the varied moods of our life cycles. The synagogue celebrates with us in times of joy, supports us in times of sorrow, provides an on going sense of community to buoy our lives, and teaches the richness of our heritage to young and old alike...
      Our challenge is to bring that understanding to the next generation - to inspire them to contribute in a meaningful way not only to projects of "good works" but also to those that have a sacred mission. Our Development Department can provide the practical means for giving tzedakah with maximum benefit, but it will take the full effort of the entire Reform movement to keep the spirit of tzedakah alive in the century to come.
     
     Short Takes: News from ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America
     
     The Progressive movement received a tremendous endorsement from one of Israel's most powerful journalists in a recent editorial. Hirsh Goodman, founding editor of the Jerusalem Report, said in a March 27th essay: "Progressive Judaism is the solution, a warm, egalitarian, compassionate and
     attractive version [of Judaism] that will rebuild a sense of community in this country."
     A delegation from Temple Sinai in Toronto, Canada, delivered a Torah to the only Progressive Jewish community center in Moscow. The Torah was given in honor of Austin and Nani Beutel; they are, respectively, Chairman of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and Vice President of ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America. The community center had only one Torah until the arrival of this gift, which will be used to train lay leaders for congregations throughout the former Soviet Union and will be taken to Progressive communities around Moscow that do not have access to Torahs on a regular basis.
     A community of learning and physically disabled people in Kishor, Israel, is taking part in Shabbat services and religious activities for the first time, thanks to a new program from the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
     The World Union for Progressive Judaism will bestow its highest honors this year on Jerry Tanenbaum, of Hot Springs, AR; Dr. Jane Evans, of New Rochelle, NY; and Rabbi Richard J. Jacobs of Scarsdale, NY. Sponsored by ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America, the WUPJ International Humanitarian Awards dinner, takes place in New York City on Sunday, September 10, 2000.
     Your support makes this work possible. For more information about ARZA/WORLD UNION, North America, please contact our office at (212) 650-4280, visit our Web site at
     http://www.rj.org/arzawuna or e-mail arzawuna@uahc.org.
     
     From the President
     
     On Wednesday evening, April 19, we held our Congregational Seder at the Old Stone Farmhouse. We accommodated 130 adults and children when we had planned for a maximum of 100. Even so we regret that we had to turn some people away. Our participants included many of our members, but we also shared our Seder with off-island visitors and on-island non-members, Jewish and non-Jewish. Having our Congregational Seder be our first Seder was a departure from tradition, but apparently a welcome one given the response.
      We thank Cantor Helen Leneman for leading us in the readings and music and the Farmhouse staff for great food and service. Overall, reaction to the Congregational Seder was very positive. We will take into account all the comments we have received this year in planning next year's event.
     Next year, our Passover planning will include our new rabbi. Rabbi Jay Heyman will be joining our Congregation in mid July, 2000. Our Rabbinic Search Committee worked hard and long. We are grateful that their efforts led us to Rabbi Heyman considering the current shortage of rabbis. We will keep you posted on activities to welcome the rabbi and his bride and to help them become a part of our community as quickly and easily as possible. I hope that you will all turn out in great numbers.
     
     Trudie Prior, President
     
     From the Rabbinic Search Committee
     
     Jay Heyman, a rabbi with more than 25 years of experience, including seven years as Jewish Chaplain in the U. S. Navy, will become the Congregation's ninth rabbi beginning in July. The selection of Rabbi Heyman to take over the pulpit of St. Thomas Synagogue ends a search of almost two years by the Rabbinic Search Committee of the Congregation.
     Rabbi Heyman is the father of two adult children, 27 and 25. He will be coming to St. Thomas with his new wife Chris, from Everett, Washington, where he has been serving as the Rabbi of Temple Beth Or. A graduate of the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he brings a wealth of experience to St. Thomas, having served as a senior rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Macon, Georgia, Congregation House of Israel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the Community Synagogue in Washington, D.C., and Temple Israel in Charleston, West Virginia. Rabbi Heyman began his rabbinic career in June of 1971 as an assistant rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, Texas.
     As a Jewish Chaplain in the U.S. Navy, he conducted services, educational programs and outreach in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, San Diego, California, and Tokyo, Japan. He also has taught courses in Elementary Hebrew, Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, the History of the Jewish People, and God, Humanity, and the Cosmos at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia.
     In addition to receiving a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, he earned a bachelor of arts in English literature from the University of Cincinnati. He also has received education and training in psychotherapy at the Washington (D.C.,) Pastoral Counseling Center, at the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at the Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati, the Foreign Student Program in Jerusalem, and at the University of Denver Department of Marriage and Family Studies, where he served as a certified instructor of Prevention and Relationship Enhancement.
     Rabbi Heyman also has been active in community service, having worked with the American Red Cross as an instructor in CPR and first aid, as Jewish Chaplain to the Boy Scouts of America, president of the Macon (Georgia) Ministerial Association, as well as serving on the executive committee of the Middle Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club.
      He received the Community Service Award by the Commander of Training for the U. S. Pacific Fleet for his work on behalf of the Combined Federal Campaign in San Diego and the Naval Achievement Medal, which is awarded to officers and enlisted personnel whose "professional and leadership achievements are clearly of a superlative nature and deserve recognition."
     Rabbi Heyman says, "my view of the rabbinate has been shaped by a lifetime of learning, living, and teaching Judaism. It includes a gestalt of deeply held beliefs - my philosophy of religion, the spiritual practices I observe and the values that lead me to conduct my affairs with love and integrity."
      He says that "while a comprehensive knowledge of and commitment to Judaism are essential to a rabbi's effectiveness, the manner in which a rabbi relates to others is equally important." As result, he says that "throughout my career I have endeavored to facilitate spiritual growth and healing by being emotionally available and open and by honoring the image of God within me and in those around me. I believe that it is this personal element linked with the spiritual - not just the knowledge I bring - that can help to renew and expand Jewish life."
     In announcing the selection of Rabbi Heyman, the Rabbinic Search Committee co-chairs, Henry L. Feuerzeig and Mina Orenstein stated, "all of our committee members have worked tirelessly for the last two years to get us to this point and all are to be congratulated and thanked for their efforts. As co-chairs of this committee, we could not have asked for a more caring or dedicated group of people with which to work. They spent many late nights and beautiful Saturday afternoons in meetings, when we know they would have been much happier being elsewhere. Most of all, we all can take pride that once again we will have a rabbi to lead us spiritually and as a Congregation into the 21st Century."
     Members of the Rabbinic Search Committee, in addition to Hank and Mina, have been Marilyn Blackhall, Katina Coulianos, Donald Pomeranz, Howard Kupperman, Ella Ogden, Margaret Cohen, Kimberly Ellick. Keith Husbands and Dania Ebenholz.
     
     Hank Feuerzeig
     Co-Chair Rabbinic Search Committee
     
     From the Restoration Fund Committee
     
     Our Synagogue restoration is nearing completion (we are hoping to be back in the sanctuary in mid-May), but our fund-raising efforts are far from conclusion. We still have a long way to go in our effort to raise the $450,000 we will have spent when the project is over. Numerous unknown conditions - not unusual in a restoration project - have significantly increased the initial budget of $330,000.
     We are extremely grateful to our Chai members who have contributed substantially to the $210,000 we have raised to date. The response and enthusiasm of our Chai members has been incredible. Because our fundraising has been going slowly, however, we have had to borrow from our now-depleted Endowment Fund.
     We are in the process of writing foundations for grant support. If you know anyone connected with a foundation that has an interest in preservation or restoration of Jewish historic structures, in particular synagogues, please let us know. The key to success in obtaining foundation support often lies in knowing someone, even slightly, on the foundation board.
     We also have found a benefactor among our members, Neil Prior, who is prepared to give us $100,000 in addition to the land he has already donated, if we can raise another $100,000 between now and December 31, 2000. If you have not yet made your contribution or pledge, or even if you already have contributed but can reach a little deeper, please help us meet this challenge.
     
     Donald Pomeranz
     Chair of the Restoration Campaign
     
     From the Youth Group
     
     Our Temple Youth Group (TYG) had a great weekend in St. John, participating in a Shabbaton with the St. Croix youth group. The people involved were: Shaina and Ashley Pomeranz, Samantha Stein, Michael Friebus, Ross Halpern, Nathan and Lane Sell, Elijah Matthew, and Phebe Schwartz as the TYG advisor.
     We went to St. John on Friday, March 24, and met the St. Croix people at the Cinnamon Bay campgrounds. After getting settled into the tents, there was an impromptu game of football, some "liming," and then we went to the cafeteria for Shabbat supper, complete with grape juice, candles in paper cup candlesticks, and challah from Frank's. After some-mores at the camp site, we settled in for the night.
     Saturday morning activities included exploring the ruins of the plantation at Cinnamon, hiking on the loop trail (well, the more energetic kids actually ran the trail), and a "Days of Creation" scavenger hunt, where groups had to find items in nature that represented the seven days of creation. After lunch, we played on the beach till mid afternoon, got cleaned up, and then tried Israeli folk dancing. We must have looked good, because people walking by stopped to watch and one family even joined us.
     In the evening, we attended the Cinnamon Bay Players performance of "Wind Spirits," a multi-media educational play. To end Shabbat, we had our Havdalah service on the beach, listening to the waves and watching the stars. We had some social time, then lights out. During the night, we were visited by a donkey who looked in each tent - somehow only Phebe saw him.
     Sunday morning we had an art activity, drawing our representations of the days of creation in crayon resist. (This was one of the quietest times during the weekend.) We returned by ferry, and by evening the TYGers from St. Thomas were on the phone with those in St. Croix. It was a terrific weekend, not only making social connections with the youth group in St. Croix, but also having fun and learning about Judaism at the same time.
     
     Phebe Schwartz
     Youth Group Advisor
     
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     Letters
     
     Many glowing thanks to all the members of the Hebrew Congregation for a warm welcome, for allowing us to get married in your beautiful Lilienfeld House, and for bearing witness to our marriage. Being married under a chupah, by a Rabbi, within a warm congregation is more meaningful to us than you can fathom. And, you are great dancers! Thank you Rabbi Bergman for a beautiful ceremony.
     God bless,
     Amalia and Amiel Cohen
     Israel
     
     Dear Trudie Prior,
      I am Kurt Williams from the Seventh-day Adventist School. I am one of the recipients of the annual awards presented by the Hebrew congregation. I am writing to express my greatest thanks to you and the Hebrew congregation for presenting me with this highly-esteemed award. I would also like to say sorry for taking so long to convey my appreciation. Once again please accept my deepest thanks. Sincerely,
     Kurt Williams
     
     Thank you so much for the honor you bestowed upon me in January, 2000. It has given me a boost both mentally and physically. It has improved my acceptance rate into college and has also given me a standard to uphold. I am truly grateful to you for recognizing the good things I have done thus far.
     Respectfully,
     Charlesse M. Pondt
     Wesleyan Academy
     
     Hello, from Norfolk, Virginia,
     I am a Virgin Islander, relocated to Virginia in December. I keep in touch with things at home through onepaper, and enjoy reading about the Jewish Congregation on your website. I especially appreciate Helen Leneman's contributions "From the Cantor". They are well thought out and very enlightening.
      I had heard some years ago that the late Enid Baa had compiled, before her death, a listing of persons buried in the old Jewish Cemetery in the Savan neighborhood. I wonder if by chance the Congregation was given a copy of this listing? My mother's paternal ancestors were Sephardic Jews who fled Portugal during the Inquisition, some of whom were merchants in St. Thomas and, we believe, were buried there. Now that I have retired, I am doing research hoping to gather information about our family. If you know of any information that would be helpful to me, I would be grateful to have it.
     It's very good to read about so many friends and acquaintances on St. Thomas; especially entertaining was the account of the recent "dining around" event...I remember how excited Jared Falek and Wayne Patterson (our neighbors in Peterborg) would be, preparing their home and table to receive the diners!
      The restoration of the Temple sounds wonderful. My brother and I visited often as children with our uncle and cousins, the Morons and have wonderful memories of those times.
     Thank you, and best wishes.
     Peace,
     Sandra Bingle
     
     Mazel Tov
     
     * To Marilyn and Sandy Grishman on the birth of their newest granddaughter, Penina Malkah, daughter of Allison and Glen Rosenbaum.
     * To Jonah Paul Falek, son of Jared Falek, on his engagement to Deborah Geller. Jonah is currently employed by Young Judea, of New York City, NY. Deborah is the daughter of Rabbi H. Geller, Orthodox Rabbi, Massachusetts. The couple is planning a September wedding.
     * To Shoshanah Falek, daughter of Jared Falek, on her graduation from Harvard University Graduate School of International World Health, majoring Population Studies, Africa and South America.
     
     * Mazel Tov
     To Ashley Ann Pomeranz
     And to the Pomeranz family
     On Her Bat Mitzvah
     April 15, 2000
     
     * Mazel Tov
     To Ross Adam Halpern
     And to the Halpern/Kaplan Families
     On His Bar Mitzvah
     May 13, 2000
     
     Ad Meah V'esreem - Till Hundred and Twenty!!!
     Happy Birthday - Many Happy Returns!!!

     
     05/02 Herb Horwitz
     05/10 Michael Adell
     05/19 Chelsea Nicolle Laing
     05/20 Zachary Schafer
     05/21 Doris Pomeranz
     05/24 Dee Greene
     05/28 Stephen Prosterman
     05/29 Les Cooper
     06/02 Sam Jacob-Matthew
     06/02 Penny Abrams
     06/03 Dania Ebenholtz
     06/10 Julian Blazar
     06/17 Arthur Halpern
     06/17 Margaret Cohen
     06/23 Eileen Lapin
     06/27 Sandy Grishman
     06/28 Liza Margolis
     06/29 Doug Sell
     06/29 Ellisa Runyon
     07/05 Dana Moses
     07/09 Jack Becal
     07/11 Greg Ebenholtz
     07/12 Marianne Blazar
     07/20 Jason Ellick
     07/21 Charles Ellick
     07/22 Shaina Pomeranz
     07/23 Danielle Ebenholtz
     07/29 Ella Ogden
     07/29 Nathan Sell
     07/30 Andrea Sardelli
     
     Happy Anniversary
     
     05/04 Debby & Henry Karlin
     05/05 Nadia & Michael Adell
     06/06 Trudie & Neil Prior
     06/06 Marg & Ed Kalik
     06/11 Joann and Murray King
     06/18 Nina & Steve Schafer
     07/01 Bettina & Shlomo Shock
     07/09 Ann & Jack Beckal
     07/19 Terry & Arthur Halpern
     07/27 Becky & Jim Tunick
     07/19 Alexandra & Sam Laing
     
     Farewell
     We wish a fond farewell to Carol Weinberger who moves off-island to be closer to her family. A longtime resident of the island, just as long a time devoted member of the Congregation, many years Synagogue and Sisterhood Board member, Woman of the Year, the force behind the choir, a great dessert maker, and a friend who is always there. We will miss you, Carol. We wish you well wherever you are.
     
     Todah Rabah -- Thank you very much
     
     * There is no adequate way to say thank you to the Board of the Synagogue and the Sisterhood for giving me a night to remember on Friday, March 24, 2000 that they organized to say good-by to me.
     The words said by those that were there and the letters read from those who that were not, have given me a warm glow that will last as long as my memory does.
     The oil painting of the Synagogue, done by Phebe and framed by Mina, is magnificent and will bring warm memories every time I look at it.
     To my wonderful children and grandchildren who are sponsoring forty Onegs in honor of my forty years as a member of the congregation, (the Onegs will be provided, in my name, whenever there is no other sponsor for an Oneg, even if it takes several years.) What a wonderful way to have my name brought up again and again. I am truly grateful to them.
     To Marilyn, who led the service, I say thank you, thank you, thank you.
     To Jackie who organized the evening, I have no words except to let her know she is enshrined in my heart forever.
     I shall miss you all. I will keep in touch and definitely be back for visits.
     God bless you all,
     
     Carol Weinberger
     
     * To Cantor Helen Leneman for the article to this Bulletin, coming to St. Thomas and conducting a beautiful Seder, conducting services and workshop, and sharing with us your voice and endless well of knowledge. You made our Passover season beautiful and meaningful.
     
     Donations
     Cemetery Fund: Clara Moron
     General Fund: Estelle Jaros in memory of Charles Jaros; Seymour & Miriam Jeffries in memory of Pauline Seltzer; Howard & Jane Kupperman in memory of Jacob Kupperman; Gladys and Morty Hertz in memory of Emil Hertz; Mr. & Mrs. Lester Allen in memory of Frances Marcus; Elaine Serman ; Alan & Rita Cochin in memory of Mark Cochin; Ethel Orloff & Lcol. George Orloff in memory of Meyer Diamond; Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Gullo in memory of Pernice Rose Gullo; Franzi Coulianos in memory of Costas Coulianos; Myron & Doris Shrenkel in memory of Irving Lerner; Jared Falek in memory of Andrew Bornn; Robert & Roberta Bayne in memory of Ben E. Bayne; David Rosenberg in memory of Sally Rosenberg; Adrianne Kochman in memory of Esther Kochman; Leonard Sidersky in memory of Fanny Donn Sidersky & Nathan Sidersky; Louis & Jill Freedman in memory of Edyth Lein & Beth Rice; Dorothy & Martin Gerard in memory of Jacob Gerard; Jared Falek in memory of Max David Falek; Elaine Robles in memory of Esther Consuelo Robles; Diana Bronner in memory of Alan Maduro Bronner; Adrienne Lampert in memory of Harry Kochman; Alayne & J.D. Mooney in memory of Phoebe L. Mooney; Robert & Evelyn Danzinger in memory of Harriet Danzinger; Jerry & Lillian Steinberg in memory of Matti Solomon; Margaret Moron in memory of Guido Moron; Milt & Arlene Applebaum in memory of Robert Jaffe & Abe Applebaum; Roy & Ilene Kasch in memory of Henry Kasch; Mr. & Mrs. Norman Watkins in memory of Jennie Acoff Kessler; Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Rothgeb in memory of Janice Frost; Lya Cordova-Latta in memory of Dr. Reuben Cordova & Walter Gruber; Stanley Adoff in memory of George Gottlieb; George Fox in memory of Sophie Weiner Fox; Ronnie & Jackie Reckseit in memory of Phoebe Reckseit; Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky in memory of Bernard Kaufman; Joan Baquis in memory of Corrado Salomone Baquis; Edith Blazar in memory of Stephen "Buddy" Cohen; Richard Baker in memory of Gerald M. Baker; Sheila & Milton Mendelsohn in memory of Stuart Mendelsohn; Leonard & Aliza Kestebaum in memory of David Kestenbaum; Teri Golden in memory of Audrey Edlis; Penny & Hank Feuerzeig in memory of Earl W. Fleeger; Marvin A. Crane in memory of Edwin Goldberger; Lon & Rosita Schwartz in memory of Harry Schwartz; Joyce Adolfsen in memory of Ethel Heller Paiewonsky; Geraldine & Richard Schrier in memory of Sam Schrier; Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Block in memory of Tillie Block; Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Miller in memory of Mollie Miller; Alan Fein in memory of Robert Fein; Robert & Evelyn Danzinger in memory of Milton Danzinger; Dr. Elliott Lieberman in memory of Benjamin Lieberman; Henry & Fredelle Manin in memory of Max Klein; Naomi Rosenthal in memory of Abraham Epstein; Melvin Gart in memory of Gloria Gart. Benjamin & Claudia Hyman in memory of James Donahue and Wolfred Hyman; Frances Bangel in memory of Naomi Berman Dorf; Rita Pomeranz in memory of Bess Port; Ilene Sussman in memory of Shirley Sussman; Melvin & Ilene Miller in memory of David Miller; Gail Meister in memory of Irene Meister.; Gaby Nitkin in memory of Alexander H. Nitkin; Barry & Dolores Schneider in memory of Fanny Minsky; David & Sylvia Weisberg in memory of Dora Weisberg; Linda & Theodore Liebman in memory of Mary Tenenbaum and Ellis Liebman; Dorothy & Martin Gerard in memory of Fannie Greenberg; Marvin & Caryl Kolkin in memory of David Kolkin; Dr. Elliott Lieberman in memory of Benjamin Lieberman; Lawrence & Gail Zimmerman in memory of Bernard Wolf; Naomi Rosenthal in memory of Leah Rosenthal; Seymour & Rosalie Strauss in memory of Thelma Strauss; David & Phyllis Simms in memory of Jeff Phillips; Fan Geller in memory of Daniel J. Geller; Iris & Gerald Silverman in memory of Katie Morstein Schwartzman; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kaufman in memory of Hershel E. Kaufman; Michael, Marjorie & Irving Kurcias in memory of Lillian Kurcias; Ann Shellow in memory of Robert Shellow; Sidney & Lorraine Harris; Eli Tourgeman; Daniel & Eva Kordansky in honor of Herb & Iris Horwitz; Daniel & Eva Kordansky in honor of Larry Block; Franzi Coulianos in honor of Katina and Doug Sell's anniversary; Daniel & Eva Kordansky with thanks for the Minyan; Rochelle Ellick in honor of Amalia & Amiel Cohen's wedding; Aviva Avigdor in honor of Amalia & Amiel Cohen's wedding; Herb & Yetta Kahn in honor of Judge & Mrs. Sam Freedman's anniversary; Amalia & Amiel Cohen in honor of the congregation; Charles & Patricia Ribakoff in honor of Ambassador Henry Kimelman; Ambassador Henry Kimelman; Dr. and Mrs. L. H. Schenker in honor of Isidor Paiewonsky; Marilyn and George Blackhall in honor of Amalia and Amiel Cohen's wedding, Jackie Jeffries in honor of Amalia and Amiel Cohen's wedding, Ashley Pomeranz's Bat Mitzvah, Ross Halpern's Bar Mitzvah, Aviva Avigdor , and Carol Weinberger.
     Mazon: Eva & Les Cooper in honor of Carol Weinberger; Dania & Greg Ebenholtz; Al & Margaret Cohen; Harvey & Glenda Werbel; Stuart & Elaine Sonne; Doris & Donald Pomeranz; Glen & Ilene Rothgeb; Carol Weinberger; Archie & Ella Ogden; Franzi Coulianos; Doug & Katina Sell; Mina Orenstein; Terry Halpern; Burton & Paulina Morovitz; Teri & Dick Golden.
     Nancy Jacobs Fund: Morris Paiewonsky; Avna Cassinelli; Franzi Coulianos; John & Janet Rodgers
     Rabbi's Discretionary Fund: Carol Schatten and Andrea Sardelli in honor of Susan Schatten's graduation from Harvard and her engagement; Henry & Margrit Goldstein in memory of Hermine Goldstein.
     Restoration Fund: Trip and Boni Lea; JoEllen & Len Rubenstein; Jay & Lois Miller; Abe and Wendy Tarapani; Morris Paiewonsky; Peter Gruber Foundation; Mr. & Mrs. Louis Goldstein; Samuel Steinberg; Roy & Meg Rosenbaum; Stan Meretsky; Mark Greenberg; Herbert Balin; Teri Golden in memory of Audrey Edlis; Gideon & Dalia Frieder; Trudie & Neil Prior; Richard & Vivienne Silver; Harvey M. Meyerhoff; Dick Collier.

Fall 2005
   Here are selections from the Fall 2005 Bulletin, including the Congregation's response to Hurricane Katrina.
  
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2005-09-14 15:38:19
The Bulletin: Summer 2004
   Here are the key portions of the summer 2004 Bulletin. To get the complete Bulletin, call the Synagogue office at 340-774-4312.
  
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2004-08-04 16:00:34
Spring 2004
   We apologize for the gaps in posting our Bulletin, but here are excerpts from the Spring 2004 edition.
  
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2004-03-17 11:15:50
Summer 2003 Religious School, 2003
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2003-05-06 12:31:47
The Bulletin: Spring 2002
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2002-04-11 16:19:15
The Bulletin: April/May/June 2001
   Here are highlights from the Spring 2001 Bulletin.
  
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2001-04-30 07:07:28
The Bulletin: January/February/March 2001
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2001-02-12 15:38:37
The Bulletin: August/September/October 2000
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2000-08-04 15:29:13
The Bulletin: May/June/July 2000
   Highlights from the Synagogue Bulletin, including interesting Congregation news, thank you letters, birthdays and donations.
  
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2000-05-05 15:35:11
The Bulletin: February/March/April 2000
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2000-02-18 05:46:35
The Bulletin: September/October/November 1999
   Our Bulletin is available by "snail mail," e-mail and now on-line. Here are excerpts from the last Bulletin of 1999.
  
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2000-01-16 07:43:15