December 11, 2014
19 Kislev 5775
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To Sharon (Ron) Gadoth on the recent death of Sharon's father, Jack Kwiatek.

To the Friedman Family on the death of Jack Friedman, husband of Bernice (z"l) Friedman.
From Pride Comes Loneliness
Joseph's experience in prison teaches him, and us, that we succeed and flourish when we support those around us.
Rabbi Bradley Artson

In the development of Joseph's character and the events of his life, the Torah portrays a bittersweet lesson about the loneliness of pride. 

On the surface, there is no reason for Joseph to be lonely. He is, after all, the favorite child of his father, surrounded by 11 brothers, in the midst of a bustling and energetic family.

Joseph has the potential to fill his life with friendship, family and love. Yet his need to be preeminent, his need to belittle the gifts and experiences of this family in order to glorify his own talents, isolate him from his own kin. We get a clue about the extent of Joseph's pride from the very start.

Still Young

The Torah tells us that "Joseph, being seventeen years old, was still a lad." The Rabbis of Bereshit Rabbah, the ancient midrash on the Book of Genesis, struggle with that sentence. After all, if he is seventeen, he is no longer a mere lad! They suggest that the Torah is telling us that "he behaved like a boy, penciling his eyes, curling his hair and lifting his heel."

May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 

12/11/2014 (19 Kislev)

Robert Friedman

Albert W. Handler 

Libbie Schlussel

12/13/2014 (21 Kislev)

Sara Burbank

12/14/2014 (22 Kislev)

Liba Malka Ginsberg

12/16/2014 (24 Kislev)

Megan Lewis Graub

12/18/2014 (26 Kislev)

David Benjamin Levy

12/19/2014 (27 Kislev)

Elizabeth Glazier

Richard Rosen

12/20/2014 (28 Kislev)

Saul Charles Dorfman

Isidor Katzman 

Sarah Klein

12/22/2014 (30 Kislev)

Helen Rosenthal Levine

12/23/2014 (1 Tevet)  

Jeanette Klein

12/24/2014 (2 Tevet)  

Helen Feiner

Ethel Fishman

Diana Nussbaum

12/25/2014 (3 Tevet)  

Sophie Chitkin

12/26/2014 (4 Tevet)  

Edith Gans

Harrison Myers

12/28/2014 (6 Tevet)  

Graham Miller

12/29/2014 (7 Tevet)  

Steven Lawrence BealeKenny Birnholtz

Mark Lieberman

Julian Nusbaum, Leonard Sonenshein

12/30/2014 (8 Tevet)  

William Erlich

David Kaufman

12/31/2014 (9 Tevet)  

Lillian Lewis

Annie Wineberg

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.  

There is TKA bar mitzvah this Shabbat.  Please plan to park at Prince of Peace and take the shuttle.
SHABBAT Vayeshev
Friday, December 12th
6 p.m. Services, CHAPEL
Saturday, December 13th
9 a.m. Services,  CHAPEL
10 a.m.  Supervised Youth Room
Kiddush is in the lower level following the conclusion of services.
7:30 p.m.  Saturday Night Learning
at the home of Cheryl and Phillip Litt.  Professor Howard Friedman will speak:  "Hanukkah and American Religious Liberty--A Contrarian Perspective."  Please rsvp directly to Cheryl:

Kiddush Lunch each week is sustained by the generosity of sponsors If you would like to become part of a sponsoring lunch group, please e-mail Mindy Shuback.  Donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund can also be made directly to the synagogue.

Mitzvah Day 2014
December 25th Mitzvah Day 2014
9 a.m.-Noon
Please plan to
help deliver holiday gifts and food to "Jimmy's Kids" in Detroit. RSVP to the synagogue office if you are able to participate:
To learn more about "Jimmy's Kids," please click here.

Saturday January 31st
Talent Show Reprise. For details, or to register your act, please e-mail Frank Ellias.


RAMAH CANADA LOGO Ramah Chanukah Camp, Grades K-5 chanukah with star
Monday, December 22nd:  
10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

hot cocoa2 Teen D'var Torah Cafe (8-12 graders) and Shabbat Children's Workshop (ages 7-12) have returned! 
Future dates: 1/17, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9  PLEASE WATCH THE WEEKLY SHABBAT BULLETIN FOR DETAILS.

Rabbi Robbins will be having lunch with your students on December 15th, 11:30-12:30.  Rabbi Robbins will provide dessert for your children.
To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.
Shabbat morning study with Dr. Mitch Parker: 
"Reflections on the Siddur:  Hallel, Birkat Hamazon and Beyond." 
Future dates: 12/20, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23.
Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cake


11 Hallie Bernstein

14 Miriam Lupovitch

15 Michael Balkin

15 Bernice Friedman

15 Louis Soverinsky

16 Sydney Gordon

16 David Victor

17 Jolie Gittleman

18 Benjamin Canvasser

22 Lori Orel

22 Kelli Rosen

23 Joyce Breitman

26 Linda Baruch

26 Steven Myers

28 Brian Ginsberg

30 David Ruskin

31 Gaye Taub


Jewish Wedding


 16 Joseph & Carrie Roth

 19 David Victor

 20 Alan & Gaye Taub

 20 Nancy and Raymond Silverman

 23 David & Marla Weiss

 25 Sy & Pearl Manello

 26 Frank & Lisa Ellias

 30 Mitch & Cheryl Parker

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.

Caring Community Information

THE MISHEBEIRACH LIST HAS BEEN RESET.  Please submit any times you wish to have remain on the list to Michael Golob:  e-mail Michael Golob.


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