September 4, 2014
9 Elul 5774
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Nancy and Raymond Silverman to our synagogue family.
Shabbat Ki Teitzei


Ki Tetze contains a very wide assortment of laws and instructions for the Jewish people, covering rules for ethical warfare, family life, the prompt burial of the deceased, property laws, the humane treatment of animals, fair labor practices, and proper economic transactions.


The parashah ends with the famous command to remember what Amalek did to the Israelites when they left Egypt; this paragraph is traditionally read on the Shabbat before the holiday of Purim.

In Focus

"When you go to war against your enemies and the Adonai your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her" (Deuteronomy 21:10-15).


As my teacher R. Eddie Feinstein wrote regarding this passage, all is not fair in love and war--the Torah recognizes the reality of war, but demands that even in the insanity of battle, a human being be recognized as a human being. That women were captured in war was non-controversial in the patriarchal cultures of the ancient world; the Torah, however, says that even this sexist cultural norm must be subject to some kind of moral regulation. Rape is condemned, and a ritual of bringing the woman into the soldier's house slowly, and allowing her to mourn, is instituted in its place. Many commentators assume 

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May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 


9/4/2014 (9 Elul)

Reinald Freedman

9/6/2014 (11 Elul)          

Ernest Gans

Arthur Markowitz

9/7/2014 (12 Elul)          

Alex Kuhn

9/8/2014 (13 Elul)          

Pearl Leah Naimark

9/10/2014 (15 Elul)        

Rabbi Carl L. Manello

9/12/2014 (17 Elul)        

Yosef Garber

 9/13/2014 (18 Elul)        

Leo Orel

9/14/2014 (19 Elul)        

Abraham Hurvich

9/16/2014 (21 Elul)        

Douglas Cohen

9/19/2014 (24 Elul)        

Lawrence Sklar

9/20/2014 (25 Elul)        

Mary Friedman

Lawrence Sklar

9/21/2014 (26 Elul)        

Ida Goode

Sophie Blau Konek

9/22/2014 (27 Elul)        

Robert Nusholtz

9/24/2014 (29 Elul)        

Malkah Muchkies

9/25/2014 (1 Tishrei)      

Nathan (Bob) Crone

Tillie Kershenbaum

9/26/2014 (2 Tishrei)      

Abraham Lewis

 9/28/2014 (4 Tishrei)      

Louis Glazier

9/29/2014 (5 Tishrei)      

Moishe Haar

9/30/2014 (6 Tishrei)      

Ruth Elbling

Paul Feiner

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Friday, September 5th
 6 p.m. Chapel
Saturday, September 6th
 9 a.m. Services,
Ruby Robinson will deliver the D'var Torah, "Strangers in the Land: Understanding the Humanitarian Situation of Children Fleeing Central America."  Ruby will lead further conversation on this topic before mincha in the chapel.  To hear more about Ruby's work, you can listen to his recent interview on WDET by clicking here. 
10 a.m.  Supervised Youth Room, lower level 
Kiddush Lunch* is sponsored by the following Kiddush Lunch Group Families:  
Abramsons, Rosenbergs, Levy-Elrom, Susan Knoppow-David Saperstein, Orels, Wolfs, Graubs, Febers, and Kozlowskis. Kiddush Lunch is also sponsored by DeDe and Warren Robinson in honor of Ruby delivering the D'var Torah.
*Kiddush Lunch is available through donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund, the generosity of weekly sponsors, and volunteer efforts of our congregants and regular attendees. Please e-mail or call the synagogue office if you would like to sponsor a kiddush lunch. To sponsor as part of a "group," please e-mail Joanna Abramson or Mindy Shuback. You may also make a donation to the Kiddush Lunch Fund by clicking here. 
SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING. Making Sense of the Mahzor (part I of III), September 6th, 6:30 p.m., including seudah shleesheet , is at the home of Laurie and Robert Kimmel.  Please rsvp here.

Rosh Hashanah HIGH HOLIDAY SET UP BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 1 p.m. at Covenant Baptist Church.  PLEASE E-MAIL JOHN MARCOTTE if you can assist in set-up, or to sign up for additional help that is needed. 
Cookbook Recipes Needed!
We are collecting recipes for a future B'nai Israel Cookbook. Please send these to Linda Foster:
We also want to publish our Shabbat in the Park recipes on our Facebook page.  Please e-mail your Shabbat in the Park Recipes to the synagogue office:

Detroit Tigers
Tiger Baseball Game
Jewish Heritage Day at Comerica Park
Sunday, September 14th
Tickets are still available.  Contact the synagogue office for details.Click here for reservation form.    RESERVATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 8TH.

Members requiring additional tickets, or guests needing to purchase tickets for the high holidays, please Please order your tickets prior to the 9/12 deadline to allow time for processing.
Lulav and Etrog order form: Click here to download and print order form.  Deadline:  Sunday, September 22nd.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH, 8:30 P.M. AT CONGREGATION SHAAREY ZEDEK.  Click here for flyer and complete information.
Learning Opportunities
Adult Education
"Making Sense of the Machzor"
A 3-Part Series as part of SNL, Saturday Night Learning
Shabbat, September 6, 13, 20 - 6:30 pm
Prepare for the Yamim Noraim over Seudah Shlishit, as we wrap up the season's Saturday Night Learning sessions.  
9/16 LOCATION:  Kimmel home.

Adult Shabbat morning study with DrMitch Parker
"Reflections on the Siddur:  Hallel, Birkat Hamazon and Beyond"
September 6th., 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Future dates:  9/13, 10/18, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6, 12/20, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23.
Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
hot cocoa2 D'var Torah Cocoa Cafe (8-12 graders) and Shabbat Children's Workshop (ages 7-12) have returned!
September 6th, 11 a.m., lower level.
Future dates: 10/18, 11/8, 12/76, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9



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Sunday, September 7th
Camp Heremelin, 12:30 p.m. at the home of Doreen Hermelin
September 14th
Welcome Back from Camp Ramah
5-7 p.m., Adat Shalom Synagogue.  click here to view the camp event flyers.

Sunday, September 7th Noon-5:15. 
Barbecue, Rosh Hashanah Seder and Movie:  "The Forgotten Refugees." Click here for event details. 
To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.
Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cake


  4 Brenda Soverinsky

  5 Stephanie Singer

  9 Donna Sklar

 10 Alan Taub

 11 Beverly Avadenka

 11 Julia Feber

 11 Bernice Jacobson

 11 Michael Rosen

 12 Adam Baruch

 12 Samantha Dines

 12 John Marcotte

 13 Maxwell Rosen

 13 Benjamin Rosenberg

 15 Adena Wolf

 17 Linda Jacobson

 17 Renee Kozlowski

 18 Daniel Chudnow

 19 Carol Wiseman

 19 Karyn Zeff

 20 Madeline Jacobson

 20 Edith Kozlowski

 20 Samuel Saperstein

 23 Allan Lovinger

 25 Frances Chudnow

 27 Erika Finn

 27 Warren Lada

      Jewish Wedding


  4  Jack & Bernice Friedman

  4  Matt & Lori Orel

  5  Howard & Trudy Jacobson

  5  Randy & Brenda Soverinsky

 14 Jay & Renee Kozlowski


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