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The Bulletin of Congregation Ner Tamid, December 1995



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Ccogregatiop Ner Tarpid Tan -u r?np December 1995 Vol. XII No. 3 The Reform Jewish Synagogue of Las Vegas Kislev - Tevet 5756 Sanford D. Akselrad Rabbi President Gerald Gordon Bella Feldman Cantorial Soloist Administrator Monty E. Willey Jacqueline Fleekop Education Director Editor Rebecca Herren J ?W&idAtfc Sewcced, Officiated by Rabbi Sanford D. Akselrad Cantorial Soloist Bella Feldman December 1 Shabbat Service - 7:30 pm Oneg sponsored by Sisterhood December 8 Shabbat Service - 7:30 pm Bat Mitzvah of Debra Schwartz Oneg sponsored by The Schwartz Family December 15 Tot Shabbat Service - 5:45 pm Hanukkah Family Dinner-6:15 pm Shabbat Service - 7:30 pm Oneg sponsored by Sisterhood December 22 Shabbat Service - 7:30 pm Oneg sponsored by Sisterhood December 29 Shabbat Service - 7:30 pm Oneg sponsored by Sisterhood V CANDLE LIGHTING December 1-4:08 pm December 8 - 4:08 pm December 15 - 4:09 pm December 22 - 4:12 pm December 29 - 4:16 pm Rabbi?s Message..............................2 President?s Message.......................3 Notes from our Cantorial Soloist . .4 B?nai Mitzvah.....................................4 Religious School..............................4 Yahrzeits............................................7 Auxiliaries & Committees ..............9 Anniversaries & Birthdays............12 Hanukkah Family Dinner Congregation Ner Tamid celebrates its seventh annual Hanukkah Family Dinner on Friday, December 15 at 6:15 PM in our newly remodeled social hall. The evening will be filled with songs by our Junior Choir and a story by Hester Katzman-Kremer entitled "A Secret Hanukkah: A Marrano Tale" by Peninnah Schram. Join Rabbi Akselrad, Cantorial Soloist Bella Feldman, and our Junior Choir as we continue our Hanukkah tradition and enjoy a festive meal, catered by our Sisterhood. RSVP at the Temple office as soon as possible by calling 733-6292. See coupon on page 5 for costs and to mail in for your convenience. O Conflrejjant of T/teFear ? TT On January 5, Rabbi Sanford Akselrad, spiritual leader at Congregation Ner Tamid will be joined by Cantorial Soloist Bella Feldman, and our New Members as they bestow the honor of "Congregant of the Year" to Frances F. Klamian for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the Temple during the year 1995. A photo will be taken that evening of all new members and Frances as an addition to our permanent display of "Congregants of the Year." All new members are to be at the Temple by 6:45 pm, Friday evening. Tanuary 5 for this photo. France was born and raised in Alabama. Her education through high school was in her native Montgomery. She studied music and education at the See Congregant, page 3 s4 Sfieccat T^Cacc ?SefottyCongregation NerTamid December 1995-5756 message from our abbc ' Will 'The 'Peace 'Process Continue? As I write this column on the 7th day of November, sadness still fills my heart over the loss of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Those who have followed Israeli politics over the years have long been aware of the dramatic changes in Israel that have occurred. What was once a fledgling peace movement has grown in a ma?jority opinion. This process has oc?curred in large part due to the leader?ship and integrity of Yitzhak Rabin who carried the credentials of a hard core military man and the vision of a statesman fighting for the future of his nation. I will never forget the tentative handshake that he gave Arafat on the White House lawn. It seemed to have taken all of his will power to reach out and shake the hand of a man who had been responsible for death and some personal grief. But Rabin knew his role as Prime Minister often meant making difficult, and sometimes un?popular decisions. This was to be one of those moments. Many people wonder whether the Peace Process will falter without Yitzhak Rabin at the helm. My guess is that it will not. For Peace to truly be a meaningful response to the terrors of war and has gripped this region for so long, it must be bigger than any in?dividual. The Peace Process is the re?sult of changes in the political climate of the world, namely that we no longer have two super powers, and the realization of Arafat following the Gulf War that he will be able to gain more through peace than he ever could through war. Are there dangers? Certainly. Those who oppose peace have not disappeared. Moreover, Arafat and Peres both have much to do to show SOFER SPEAKS TO RABBI AKSELRAD?S TORAH CLASS Sofer (Torah Scribe) Ron Siegler spoke to Rabbi Akselrad's Tuesday Torah discussion class on November 7. Pictured above is Ron showing the class hoiv a Torah is made and written. Tlte class meets at noon on alternate Tuesdays each month and typically con?sists of an ongoing discussion of the Bible. It is open to the entire community at no charge. For further information call the Temple office at 733-6292. the world and their constituencies that the peace process is unstoppable. As for Israel, she can no longer fool herself into thinking that enemies lie only from without. Israel must deal with its own political extremists who will stop at nothing to under?mine the Peace Process. Just as our country was taken by surprise by the Oklahoma bombing, so too has Israel and Israelis lost their naivete. In a few weeks Jews everywhere will be celebrating one of our most joyous holidays?Hanukkah. For us, it is a holiday that reminds us that thd battle for freedom is a difficult one, one that must be won over and over again. As I write this column I know that this truth is all the more relevant today. O Rabbi Sanford Akselrad 'We e would like to extend our graditude and acknowledge Cal & Phyllis Lewis for their contribution to our 1995 Kol Nidre Appeal. -Congregation Ner TamidDecember 1995-5756 Congregation Ner Tamid $ Temple Board Members Jerry Gordon President Bob Unger VP Administration Allan Nathanson VP Ways & Means Debra Kaner Corporate Secretary David Stahl VP Ritual Philip Goldstein VP Education Jacky Rosen VP Membership Stephen Joseph VP Social Nadine Cracraft Trustee Lois Doctors Trustee Rita Goldstein Trustee David Gross Trustee Drew Levy Trustee Janis Rounds Trustee Esther Saltzman Trustee Ron Worth Trustee Stacey Yahraus Trustee Maxine Gratz Sisterhood Scott Dockswell Brotherhood Helen Zliser Golden Chai George Lipshaw Golden Chai Lisa Platt NTTY Cal Lewis Past President Eileen Kollins Past President Kenneth Schnitzer Past President Dr. Steve Kollins Past President Dr. David Wasserman Past President Michael Cherry Past President Leo Wilner Advisor Rabbi Sanford Akselrad Ex Officio SANCTUARY FUND GOAL ? 2.2 million mometer graph for the Sanctuary Campaign. The graph has indicated our progress in reaching the goal of $2,200,000.00. We are now slightly over $2,000,000.00. The challenge is to meet our goal of $2,200,000.00 as soon as possible so that the campaign can come to a close and the graph can dis?appear from the pages of future Bulletins. We will reach our goal by two means. First, as new Congregants join, their financial commitment will include a Chai assessment payable over 5 years. Second, and most importantly, we are requesting that Congregants raise their present commitments which can be paid over the balance of the term of their ex?isting pledge. The Wall of Honor which now graces our lobby is intended to reflect those gifts of $2400.00 or more payable over 5 years. All gifts of any amount will be in?cluded in a book of honor to be unveiled soon next to the Wall of Honor. Many of you have inquired as to how you go about increasing your commitment which would be recognized on the Wall of Honor. It is simple. Contact Monty Willey at the Temple office, Bob Unger, 456-8744 or me, 796-5555. When I first began writing articles for the Bulletin, I assumed few people would read my writings. I was wrong and from the comments I receive, it ap?pears the majority of Congregants do read the Bulletin and, most importantly for me, my articles. However, because there are a few of you who don't, we will be shortly sending out an additional letter to all Congregants and attempting to make personal contact with many Congregants for this (final) appeal. 0 Jerry Gordon Congregant HELP US MEET OUR GOAL! continued from page 1 University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. While attending the university she met Richard, her future husband-to-be. Frances also trained as a dental hygienist and was educated in this craft by her father. Frances and Richard moved to Las Vegas 20 years ago, and since then have added two daughters, Harper, 18 and Idie, 17, to their family. Frances loves to sing, putter with crafts and decorate for parties. She sang with the University Singers, but says ?she is now so busy with Temple activities she has had to give up the vocal group." She enjoys theater, travel and watching David Letterman on television. Her current activities include the CNT Adult Choir, running the Party Shop, Sisterhood, and teaching the art of cooking at the M.B. Dalitz Religious School. Frances has been a member of the Congregation since 1989. $Congregation NerTamid December 1995-5756 $ Our Adult Choir had the wonderful opportunity to join with members of several other choirs for an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service last month at Christ the King Church. This is the second year we have participated in this service and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to be a part of this community choir. Don't miss the choir's next performance at our New Member Sabbath on January 5th which will feature many beautiful melodies. If you missed our Junior Choir's performance at the Hanukkah Bazaar, it's not too late to hear your favorite Hanukkah songs. Come to our annual Hanukkah Family dinner and ser?vices on December 15 and listen to the beautiful sounds of the premier Jewish Children's Choir in Las Vegas. I am so proud of all of the students who put so much time and energy into this great group! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Hanukkah, and a fabulous New Year! O B'shalom, Bella Oun tDece*u&en Sat 'WtctytaA My name is Debra Schwartz. I am in the 7th grade at Gibson Middle School. I am Historian for TNT and a five year member of Jr. Choir. I enjoy music, swimming, reading and I am on the Las Vegas Lizards Track Team. I placed 8th for southern Nevada in cross-country and went to regionals in California. My Bat Mitzvah is a very special occasion for myself and my family. Please join us on Friday evening, December 8 at 7:30 pm. O School News # # * Lights... Hope... The Jewish Child November was a difficult month for the Jewish people. A Jew killed a Jew, and a country was left in turmoil; yet life seemed to go on. Jews have been persecuted by many people throughout history, and yet we have survived?but Jew against Jew?will we survive? Yes! The hope of the Jewish people is to live by the com?mandments and to teach them to our children. My grandfather Zaydee Belsky always said "As long as a Jewish child recites the Shema and Shabbat candles are lit, Judaism will survive." I did not often agree with that dear old man, but I do agree with this statement and it is one of the rea?sons I teach. December 10, the Festival of Lights will burn brightly for the stu?dents of the M.B. Dalitz Religious School. Songs will be sung, driedel will be played, stories told and Hanukkah menorahs made; and of course, Latkes, donuts and punch will be experienced by all?life goes on. We also hope our students will at?tend the Congregation Hanukkah dinner and service on December 15 with their families. December 17, Kislev 24, we light the first Hanukkah candle. With the candle we hope that all Jews will rekindle the desire to rededicate themselves just as the Temple was rededicated. We have survived Antochus, Hamen, Hitler, and if nec?essary we will survive in spite of our?selves... If one child remembers the meaning and recites the Shema, Judaism will live. We hope all our students and their families have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable winter break. O Happy Hanukkah, Jackie Fleekop Thank you for the donations of food, toys, books, and baby clothes. We also live through our deeds. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WINTER BREAK Sunday, December 10,1995 SCHOOL RESUMES First Thursday, January 4,1996 First Sunday, January 7,1996 Report cards will be mailed on January 10. Review during winter break Congregation Ner Tamid's December Tot Shabbat will be at 5:45 PM on Friday evening, December 15 in the new Beit Teffilah. This month's theme is "Hanukkah" of course! Join Rabbi Akselrad, Bella, and Harper for fun, and song. Parents and Tots are invited to stay for the Hanukkah Family Dinner starting at 6:15 PM before the evening's shabbat ser?vices which will begin at 7:30 PM. To RSVP on both the Tot Shabbat and/or the CNT Hanukkah Family Dinner, contact the Temple office at 733-6292. See Ya There...! ?December 1995-5756 Congregation NerTamid Hanukkah Family Dinner, Friday evening December 15,1995 at 6:15 pm Family Name___________________________________________________ Adults__________Children (ages 6-12)__________(ages 5 & under)__ Total Amount Enclosed $___________________ Adults: $8 per person ? Children: $5 ages 6-12 ? Free ages 5 and under RABBI AKSELRAD TO SPEAKAT BIENNIAL Rabbi Akselrad has been appointed to the Joint Commission on Outreach. This unique committee is com?posed of members of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UHAC) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). This commission will meet dur?ing the UHAC Biennial November 28-December 3. Rabbi Akselrad will be a part of a rabbinic discussion on officia- tion at inter-marriage. Also attending the Biennial will be Jerry Gordon who is a member of the national board of the UHAC. Maxine Gratz and Rita Malkin will attend as representatives of Sisterhood and Libby Goldstein will be a special youth delegate. $ Join Jackie Fleekop, students of the M.B. Dalitz Religious School, Christi Ober, and members of Outreach as they share in the "Festival of Lights" Hanukkah Program on Sunday, December 10 during religious school from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. There will be songs to sing, games (Dreidel) to play, stories to be told, and Latkes to be made?and ate?by one and all. Don't miss out on this joint Hanukkah experience that will be enjoyed by all. You will walk away with a true sense of what Hanukkah is all about. For more information, contact Jackie Fleekop at 733- 6292 or Christi Ober at 363-8509. O n1 i n ~o i11 .................. The Band Played on...!!! Our musical parade of new members is still marching on. We welcome these additions to our Ner Tamid extended family with singing, dancing and joy. ? Linda Dosey and son Andrew ? Niki Devine ? Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dowling and children Joshua, Ryan, Jonathan, Jordan ? Suzan Golob and children Jauanne, Brandon ? Mr. & Mrs. Adam Levy and children David, Stephanie, Ariel, Kira ? Adele Rothman ? Fred Saperstein and Patricia Roberts ? Michael and Gillian Wells and daughter Kaeli For more information on membership and our many activities Ner Tamid offers, call the Temple office at 733- 6292 or Ronae Fink at 454-8929. Membership CommitteeSCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP Congregation NerTamid December 1995-5756 SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP MAJOR FUND-RAISER The Easiest Way To Support Your Temple At NO EXTRA Cost To You - Is To BUY SCRIP! Great Holiday Gift for your Employees You can purchase SCRIP at the Temple office or if you wish to receive SCRIP through the mail, enclose your check along with this convenient order form and mail to: Congregation NerTamid, 2761 Emerson Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89121 or call 733- 6292. Name___________________________________________________________________ Address City State Zip Code Phone (day) (evening) Date Ordered Date Needed Amount Sent Signature STORE DENOMINATION Albertsons ? 5s ? 10s ? 20s Smiths ? 5s ? 10s ? 20s Vons ? 5s ? 10s ? 20s Sub-total Total Amount__ Any questions, contact Allan Nathanson at 796-8391 SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIP SCRIPDecember 1995-5756 Congregation Ner Tamid ?Dece*tc6en. t Goldie Henkin Frieda Shaw Louis Feldman Ben Gust Leonard H. Lazarus Mollie Loewy beloved aunt of ^ Julie Goldstein Leonard Rankow Louis Gale Allan Issac Singer Benjamin Simon Ian Goldstein Rose Kern Terri Tobman Abraham Goldberg Celia Raynes Jack Soren Ida Molinsky Meyer Nitzkin Yetta Weiner Bertha Stone Bruce Dunn Zeeettt&en, J 5 Sanford Jacobs Phillip Brown Beatrice Berkowitz Rose Shapin Debra Giordano Abraham Honig ?ZecemAen. 2 Jack Soren Gertrude Klein Freiden Florence Sternberger Rose Sendrow William Levy Hyman Silver Albert J. Tarr Rose Levine Elizabeth Estelle Baker Ida Lutin Plows Mollie Goldenberger James Everett Scarbrough JaY Jackson Rose Herman Louis Gottlieb Robert Levich Arthur Pokroy Mark Alexander Gertrude Kirshbaum Charlotte Kishner Roz Katz David Schwartz Ann Reichlin Isadore Mendelson Barbara Ramoy Florence Stone Pincus Miller Rose Stahl Sadie Harris Rose Sendrow ?Dece*n6e>i 22 Albert Shientag Irving Lowen Sol Sternberger Sarah Grant Emma Aaronson Spann Rose Dunn-Orlofsky Frieda Pokroy Jenny Aronoff Harry Routtenberg Miriam Metzenbaum Gustav Golding ?Decetttie'i 29 Lee Lisabeth Ruth Wikler Paul Zubick Jarvis P. Freiden Paula Livenstein Jerome Rabin Murry Rubin Meyer Sachs Philip Serling Joseph Roe Fannie Kleinman Abraham Raizin r q<uc &<zve c (W ci Rabbi Akselrad would like to help you and your family by visiting Temple members and friends of our congregation who have been hospitalized. Since there is no notification from the hospitals, please contact Judy Klein in the Temple office at 733-6292 when a family member or friend is hospitalized, d v J Jewish Families Needed For Out of Town Jewish Students The Home Away From Home Program originally started through Jewish Family Services, and is now being sponsored by the UNLV Alumni Association. The program matches out-of-town and international students to Las Vegas families. Families answer questions the students might have about our community and familes get together with their students throughout the school year. The program has helped many students feel more "at home" while they are going to college. If you would like to participate in this special program, call program coordinator, Sharlene Flushman at 794-2888. 0Congregation NerTamid December 1995-5756 Pictured above is Rabbi Akselrad blessing the new Consecrants at Simchat Torah Services in October. This year over 60 students were added to the M.B. Dalitz Religious School. WE DID IT! For years we've talked about extending our Torah "beyond the walls" of our Social Hall. Well, the day fi?nally arrived. This year starting in our new Sanctuary, we unrolled the Torah the entire length of the Sanctuary AND Social Hall. -"May the gift of Torah and all its wonders continue to inspire and uplift our Congregation."December 1995-5756 Congregation Ner Tamid Social Action In Action Thank you to all who participated in our various projects during the Hanukkah Bazaar; the collection of baby items, the sale of House Pins, and the blood drive. If you know of any Jewish pa?tients in local convalescent hospitals, please submit their names and loca?tions in writing to the Temple office. We will be visiting in mid-December. Mark Sunday, January 19 on your calendars for our second annual Mitzvah Day. The entire Congrega?tion, the M.B. Dalitz Religious School, and all of our auxiliaries will be in?volved. Here's wishing you an enjoyable holiday season and celebration of Hanukkah with your families. & Eileen Kollins & Bette Stahl NTTY Youth Group November has been a great month. NTTY participated in a Holocaust program at the Sands Hotel and Casino. The program was very informative and it was interesting to learn the story of one Holocaust survivor. The rest of the month was great blending tzedakah, religion, and fun. In October, seven members of NTTY participated in S.A.W. (Social Action Weekend). It was a wonderful event and we are all anxiously looking forward to Winter Conclave which will take place December 7-10. This month, we have a lot of wonderful events planned. Come and share your Sunday nights with us at Congregation Ner Tamid from 6-8 pm. Hope to see you soon and have a wonderful month. For more information regarding NTTY, cal! Lisa Platt at 434-1984 or Dustin Hep at 458-1431. $ Our first TNT event at Virtual World was a "virtual" suc?cess! The virtual reality experience was a lot of fun, and each team got a chance to interact together and compare notes afterward. We thank Virtual World for their special promotional offer and their great guides that led us into the interplanetary world. If you are in grades 6-8 and want input into planning great social events, come to the meetings once a month af?ter Sunday religious school. Watch for announcements for our next meeting time. O On Sunday, December 10, Dr. Ed Goldman will discuss "Religion In The Public Schools: When Is Too Much Too Much?" $ GOLDEN November and December seems to be entertainment time for Golden Chai. In November we enjoyed singer dancer Ann McCormack and singer Marcia Siderow, both of whom were fabulous. This month, we will have singer Walter Brody, who hopes to have Lynn Burdick and a group of entertainers with him. Our second meeting will feature Sasha Seminoff and Ned Kasher, the strolling musicians who have been with us a few time in the past. This will also be the day of our second FREE LUNCH for paid-up members. All in all, December will certainly be a happy holiday month for us. Our election of officers for 1996 will be held at the December 7 meeting. We will be losing some long-time board members whose shoes will be very hard to fill. However, we understand that people become "burned out" after a long term, but we hope that with a year of rest, they will return to the board the following year. Once again, we would like to invite senior Temple members to join us. We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 11:30 am for a bagel brunch, short meeting, program and games (for those who choose to remain). You are sure to enjoy the experience. On January 28, Golden Chai will sponsor a card and game party in the afternoon. We will be publicizing the event and hope to have a large turnout in our beautiful Temple facilities. Plan to come and bring your friends. You can form your own table, or we can help you get into a group. Call and let us know in advance. This event is open to non-members as well. Until next month, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah and a healthy holiday season. $ Love & shalom, Helen Zliser & George LipshawCongregation NerTamid December 1995-5756 Now it's December, the leaves have fallen, snow is on the ground and Hanukkah lights are displayed prominently around town... makes you homesick doesn't? Thank good?ness we live in beautiful Las Vegas. Las Vegas, where it hardly ever snows, Las Vegas where the trees lose only some of their leaves. Las Vegas, where Hanukkah parties come in November and Las Vegas, where a new Jewish Temple opens every month. Our Temple Sisterhood spon?sored a wonderful Hanukkah Bazaar on November 19 and many who at?tended bought some special gifts there for friends and family. For those who missed the party, I have a sug?gestion. This year, give your favorite people Hanukkah gifts that keep on giving. Some suggestions, you ask, but of course. This year, give Entertainment Books as gifts. Here is something that will keep on giving year round. Each time your friend uses the Entertainment Book, they will re?member you. They may be out to din?ner somewhere in August, and use the Entertainment Card, and then re?member that the entree which they DON'T PAY FOR is your Hanukkah gift. When they take a vacation in June, and they save $50 or $100 per ticket by using the Entertainment Book, that is your Hanukkah gift. Instead of taking someone out for dinner as a gift, why not give them an envelope of SCRIP? You can present them a beautiful gift of a refrigerator full of food. Think of it, when they sit down for a home cooked meal in January, and the husband serves din?ner, he can remind the entire family that this meal was your Hanukkah gift. Another beautiful gift that will last and last would be to pay some?one's Brotherhood dues for a year or two. Perhaps you could buy two prayer books and dedicate them in that person's honor. Maybe you could dedicate one Oneg Shabbat as a gift, or find a beautiful piece of Judaica at the Sisterhood Gift Shop. There are so many ways that a gift can be thought?ful and benefit Congregation Ner Tamid at the same time. Thinking about the impact that our Temple has had on so many lives, I remember two recent significant events. On Simchas Torah, Congrega?tion Ner Tamid reached a Las Vegas milestone. For the first time in Las Vegas history, a Torah was unrolled completely for the entire Congrega?tion to see and feel. Rabbi Akselrad began a tradition of unrolling the Torah every year on Simchas Torah, and each year Rabbi would say, "We can now unroll our Torah from Genesis to Leviticus; some day we will be able to unroll it from here to Deuteronomy." THIS YEAR WE ACHIEVED THAT GOAL. This was a monumental day in the life of Ner Tamid! As the Torah was spread along the center aisle of our Temple, I was fortunate to see the faces of Congregants and guests as they placed the sacred scrolls on the sup?porting hands of our Congregational family. My favorite analogy is when Rabbi says, "Now you are supporting the history and the future of Our People in your hands." I urge you to attend more holy day celebrations in our new sanctuary. Rabbi and Bella certainly make each holiday a memo?rable event. By the way, we have es?tablished a new certified standard of measurement, i.e. ONE TORAH LENGTH-the distance from our new Bimah to the stage in the social hall is the official standard Torah Length. How long is One Torah Length, come to the February Brotherhood meeting to find out. Another subtle, yet memorable occurrence, happened at a Bar Mitzvah in November. As is his cus?tom, Rabbi invited people from a Bar Mitzvah audience onto the Bimah to see what a Torah looks like. He ex?plained the history and the signifi?cance of the Torah and then asked if there were any questions. A very small child looked at the Ark from which the Torah was taken and asked, "Does G-d live in there?" Wow, what an awakening I had at that moment. Never before, when we were holding services in the social hall would any?one have felt this was the place were G-d lived. Now, now in our beautiful new sanctuary, even the smallest, most innocent and naive feel G-d's presence. Rabbi answered that while we believe G-d lives everywhere, the Ark and our Sanctuary are special dwelling places for the Almighty. Once again, I find myself writing this article with three objectives. First is to inform you of what Brotherhood is doing to keep Ner Tamid a special place to belong. Secondly, I want to amuse you, to cause you to smile and think good thoughts about your Brotherhood. Most importantly, I hope to encourage you to participate in Sisterhood and Brotherhood activi?ties. We are fortunate to have such ac?tive auxiliaries at Congregation Ner Tamid. Sisterhood brings a very spe?cial warmth and feeling to every ser?vice and function, while the Boys of Brotherhood support our school, and Temple in so many ways. Together, the Girls of Sisterhood and the Boys of Brotherhood invite your participa?tion and ask for your support in every which way you can. $ Scott DockswellDon't break my heart... my achey brakey feet? Does that sound right? If you would have attended the last Sisterhood General Meeting, you would have line danced with us. What a great time. Glory Looper, of Glory's Dance For Fun, taught us with patience and her guidance paid off. We had a full room of line dance queens. The evening was topped off with Frances Klamian's wonderful presentation of coffee, cake and fruit. I woke up smiling the next day with feet enjoying a good hurt. Nothing is sweeter than success. The October Tot Shabbat was another success Sisterhood can be proud of. It was conducted by Rabbi and Bella in the Beit Tefillah and then the children feasted with the culinary delights that Frances and Harper Klamian and Sylvia Frank prepared. The children also were entertained with an arts and crafts project of coloring cut out paper fruit and hanging their picture in the Sukkah. Harper is our chair person and as usual, she did a fabulous job. The next Tot Shabbat is Friday evening, December 15 at 5:45 pm. This will be followed by our annual Congregational Hanukkah Dinner. The prices are listed in the Bulletin and your RSVP is a must. Look for information about our Hanukkah Bazaar in January's issue. Have you ever thought of how an Oneg is prepared or who is the person(s) that conceives a Tot Shabbat Program? Did you ever think about who orders the items to be sold in the Gift Shop or who puts together the Sisterhood Calendar? What about who heads the Sisterhood Social Action Committee or why the Campership Program suc?ceeds? Perhaps it's time to take a look at our Sisterhood. For many years our Sisterhood has been there to raise money for various causes. Help when someone needed the help. Helped when the Temple needed the help, whether it was monetary or downright hard work. Our women of Sisterhood have been available. How many nights dinner has been delayed for our own families or the house doesn't get cleaned or the laundry doesn't get done on time be?cause "something" needed to be done at the Temple. But what about the great times we have and what about all the friendships we've made. All this and more. Perhaps it's time for you to take a look at Ner Tamid's Sisterhood. It is Sisterhood's pleasure to be there and be an arm or the heart of this great Temple. We need more and more of our women of the Congregation to be part of our growing organization. There is still time to join this year and take part in all our events. If for some reason, you're not famil?iar with anyone in Sisterhood or feel uncomfortable at?tending a meeting alone, please give me a call at 898-3592 and I will meet you and introduce you to all the wonderful and warm members. Again, if you haven't sent in your check for dues ($25) please do so now. Mail checks to the Temple, attention Mary Zone or Fran Sanoff. News Flash... I have just heard the most wonderful news; and granted this news is probably old news by the time you read this article... Frances Klamian has just been notified that she is to be bestowed with the honor of being Congregant of the Year. I can not express the joy that I feel knowing the committee has picked this woman who has given so much of herself to this Congregation and to our Temple. I marvel at her ability to be the kind and caring person she is to all. Mazel tov, Frances. As Hanukkah approaches, Sisterhood would like to wish you a Happy Hanukkah and as you light the Hanukkah Menorah, please light a candle for freedom, commitment, volunteerism and for Sisterhood. 0 Happy Hanukkah, Maxine Gratz, President Congregation Ner Tamid SisterhoodCongregation NerTamid December 1995-5756 Happy Anvwv&rsary December 3 Michael & Sue Goldstein December 4 Richard & Patricia Lewis Mark & Lisa Tenner December 13 Robert & Susan Moss December 14 Herman & Rita Malkin December 15 Gregory & Abby Corpodian December 18 David & Pamela Daitch December 20 Richard & Frances Klamian Jack & Bernice Lazar Ronald & Tamara Ostrow Michael & Lisa Roe Mayer & Janet Schlesinger December 21 Joseph & Irene Chenin Jeffrey & Ellen Kottler December 22 Gerald & Yvonne Gordon Scott & Lee Schreiber December 26 Sheldon & Judith Pollins Bruce & Carole Shapiro December 27 Abby & Judi Wikler December 28 Scott & Nancy Silber December 29 Jeff & Becky Skoll December 30 Harold & D'Vorre Ober Marvin & Roberta Price December 31 Leon & Rea Dantzig Michael & Bella Feldman December 1 Danny Gross December 21 Sharon Davidson December 11 Aaron Cohen Evan Dodd Ashley Frankl Bruce Borgelt Patricia Sokoler Marianne Ellis December 22 December 2 Mary Fox Jerry Sloane Steven Grau Harold Goldsmith Jerome Countess Aubrey Goldberg Gale Husney Kyle Moss Helen Mendelson December 12 December 23 December 3 Corey Cohen Nicole Corzine Samantha Saltzman Andrea Corzine David Karlin