March 28, 2013
17 Nisan 5773
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Shabbat...Hol Hamoed Pesach
Learning Opportunities
Upcoming Community Events/TKA/BI Joint Opportunities
Caring Community Information
Hol Hamoed Pesach
Rabbi Avram Kogen

Throughout the year, Jews follow a cycle of Torah readings that moves forward, every Shabbat, through the five books of the Torah. On festivals, we set aside the regular cycle and read material that is chosen for its thematic connection to the holy day.

Our reading from the first Torah-scroll today (which should be familiar from four weeks ago, when we read it as part of the regular cycle of weekly Torah readings) deals with the aftermath of the incident of the golden calf. Moses now has two main tasks. His immediate job is to repair the rift that has developed in the people's relationship with God as a result of their disregard for the covenant. In addition, Moses wishes to draw nearer to God and to know His qualities and characteristics. (We presume that this has been a long-time wish of Moses'. However, it gains further urgency in the wake of the near-severing of relations between God and the people Israel.)

God reminds Moses that no human being can look directly at God and survive. Instead He suggests to Moses a way for Moses to gaze indirectly at God. As a result of this encounter, Moses learns thirteen attributes of God. In a covenant of compassion, God seems to reassure Moses that He will be especially receptive to the Israelites and their descendants whenever they invoke these thirteen attributes in sincere devotion (as we do quite often on Yom Kippur).

Ironically, our liturgy calls for us to invoke these thirteen divine attributes (as part of the service for taking out the Torah) on all festival days except Shabbat. However, on the Shabbat that falls during Hol Ha-Mo'ed, we read this particular passage from the Torah, thereby "smuggling" the covenant of compassion back into our service. Since we are in a reflective festival mode, it is highly appropriate for us to take this opportunity to reflect on the nature of the divine and upon our relationship with our God.

Our reading from the second Torah scroll enumerates sacrifices that were brought annually on Passover as an ancient expression of devotion to the relationship between God and the people Israel.


May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 

March Yahrtzeits

3/29/2013 (18 Nisan)           

Goldie Chaner

Rose Kaye

Rose Kleinbard

3/30/2013 (19 Nisan)           

Bluma Stark


April Yahrtzeits

4/2/2013 (22 Nisan)             

Shmuel Muchkies

4/3/2013 (23 Nisan)             

Julius Abramson

4/6/2013 (26 Nisan)             

Ida (Huddle) Band

Lottie Kwiatek

4/8/2013 (28 Nisan)             

Sara Garber

4/12/2013 (2 Iyar)                

Avraham Gershon Wygoda

Devorah Leah Wygoda

4/13/2013 (3 Iyar)                

Anne Altshuler

4/15/2013 (5 Iyar)                

Allen Charlupski

Lillian Ruth Levin

Lillian Sonenshein

Aaron Wineberg

4/17/2013 (7 Iyar)                

Irving Victor

4/18/2013 (8 Iyar)                

Sarah Kurland Fridenberg

4/19/2013 (9 Iyar)                

Robert Perry Schloss

4/20/2013 (10 Iyar)              

Gabor Fenyes

Marc Silverman

4/21/2013 (11 Iyar)              

Avrum Greenbaum

Gertrude Greenbaum

4/22/2013 (12 Iyar)              

Evelyn Graub

Karen Waldman

4/25/2013 (15 Iyar)              

Marilyn Soverinsky

4/28/2013 (18 Iyar)              

Sylvia Isaacs

4/29/2013 (19 Iyar)              


Rabbi Moshe Funk

4/30/2013 (20 Iyar)              

Pearl Mirkin

To make a donation to commemorate a yahrtzeit, please click here.  If you are a member of the synagogue and a yahrtzeit for your loved one is not on the list, please contact the synagogue office so we can update our records.


Please click here if you wish to permanently memorialize a loved one by purchasing a yahrtzeit plaque.  

USY Summer 2013
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Shabbat Services: Hol Hamoed Pesach

Friday, March 29th

6 p.m. Services, Chapel
Shabbat Table

Saturday, March 30th

9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary

Kiddush is sponsored by Ilana Glazier and Lowell Schmeltz in honor of Ryan's 7th birthday, and by an additional anonymous donor.

Kiddush Lunch is available through the generosity of weekly sponsors.  Please e-mail or call the synagogue office if you would like to sponsor a kiddush lunch.  You may also make a donation to the synagogue specifically for the Kiddush Lunch Fund by clicking here.    


Mazel Tov

To Paula and Lou Glazier on the birth of their new grandson, Noah Joseph Civan.  Noah is also the great-grandson of Bess Glazier, the nephew of Ilana Glazier and Lowell Schmeltz, and new baby cousin to Benji, Ryan and Kobi.  Mazel Tov to Noah's family:  Mindy and Jesse Civan and to his big sisters, Rena and Aviva.
Shabbat Dinner Table
Shabbat Dinner at B'nai Israel
Join your fellow congregants and our visiting rabbinical candidate, Rabbi Jill Cozen Harel on Friday, April 5th for simha davening and dinner.  Dinner Reservations must be received by Sunday, March 31st.  Click here for reservation form.
Passover Services Schedule
March 29th-April 2nd


Friday, March 29th 

Hol Hamoed Passover

7 a.m. Services, Chapel

6 p.m. Minha/Maariv (Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday evening)

Saturday, March 30th, Shabbat Hol Hamoed Passover

9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary.

10:30 a.m. Shmooze Shabbat, 6-8 grade, lower level

10:30 a.m. supervised activities for children 11 and under, lower level 

Kiddush following services, sponsored by Ilana Glazier and Lowell Schmeltz in honor of Ryan Schmeltz'e 7th birthday, and by an additional anonymous donor. 

Sunday, March 31st

8:30 a.m. Services, Chapel

5 p.m. Services, Chapel

Monday, April 1st, Seventh Day of Passover

9 a.m. Services, CHAPEL.  Kiddush following services sponsored by Bill and Edie Wolok in honor of their anniversary; also sponsored by an additional anonymous donor.

6 p.m. Services, Chapel

Tuesday, April 2nd, Eight Day of Passover

9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary.  

Yizkor Service and Dedication of Memorial Plaques:

          Donald Lewis            Stuart E. Allen

10:30 a.m. Supervised youth activities, lower level. 

Kiddush following services, sponsored by Leah Lewis, Cathy and Michael Graub in memory of beloved husband, father and grandfather, Donald Lewis and by an additional anonymous donor.

8:50 p.m.  Minha/Maariv/Havdallah, Chapeto conclude the holiday.

Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
10:30 a.m.  SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH
Join Marni and Shira for activities, food and fun, lower level. 
RSVP:, or just plan to join us!  
For a calendar of Kadima events for the remainder of the school year, click here. For more information, contact Shira or   
Upcoming Youth Services  

Supervised Youth Activities,  Room 3, lower level 

March 23 and 30 Supervised Youth Activities.

To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier  to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.

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(9-12 graders) AND 
APRIL 11-14, 
Learning Opportunities   
Siddur Appreciation/Learning 
with Dr. Mitch Parker 
This class is held on Shabbat mornings in the lower level, Room 9. 
April 20th, 11 a.m.        April 27th, 10 a.m.
Upcoming Community Events
TKA/BI Joint Opportunities 
  Book ClubBOOK CLUB (Adults)

Book Club meets on the third Sunday of every month. All are welcome.   

No meeting for March.  NEXT MEETING:  
Sunday, April 21st: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (memoir)

KNITTING has returned!
Not a knitter?  All stitchers are welcome.  Bring your
needlepoint, crochet hook or cross stitch and join the group. 
There is no charge to attend. Knitting1

7 PM at the TKA/BI building.  

FUTURE DATES:  4/24/ 5/21, 6/10

Just drop-in! No registration required.  For more information, e-mail Gail Raben.



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for more information. 

Caring Community Information

Refuah Sh'leimah/Wishing a Speedy Recovery

Please e-mail Michael Golob or call the synagogue:  248-432-2729 if you wish to add a name to our communal list.  
Our caring community reaches out to one another in a variety of ways.  We welcome our new members warmly with a special visit and gift.  We provide shiva minyan leaders.  We call/visit/provide meals for members who are ill or home-bound, bring a home-cooked shiva meal to mourners in our community, and help to drive members who need a ride to synagogue services and events.  If you would like to help in any way, please call or 
Mazel Tov 
March Birthdays
Happy Birthday!

29  Brittany Beider

29  Mark Webber

30  Ryan Schmeltz

31  Sharon Knoppow

31  Meredith Weingarden


 April Birthdays

 2  Daniel Serlin

 3  Mitch Parker

 3  Louis Wonboy

 4  Stephen Jacobson

 4  Tillie Silverman

 5  Deborah Balkin

 5  Michael Dorfman

 7  Arnold Berlin

 8  Oscar Band

 9  Nancy Kaufman

12 Brianna Dines


12 Arica Jacobson

13 Regina Meisler

13 Matthew Orel

15 Denise Cooley

15 Eli Eisman

16 Jonathan Abramson

16 Jack Friedman

18 Karen Rosen

20 Cheryl Berlin

21 Rachel Kapen

21 Jeffrey Lupovitch

22 Marvin Finkelstein

24 Elianna Orel

26 Evan Chudnow

26 Marvin Kozlowski

27 Noel Lawson

27 Adam Weingarden

27 Shira Wolf

30 Charles Seigerman

30 Nathan Soverinsky


March Anniversaries
Jewish Wedding

28  Bob & Joyce Breitman


April Anniversaries

Billy & Edith Wolok

Martin & Sheila Kurland

Vern & Karen Gordon

19  Louis & Sally Soverinsky

27  Michael & Carol Golob

To make a donation in honor of someone's birthday or anniversary, please click here.
If your birthday or anniversary information is not listed, please email the synagogue so we can update our records.
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