December 18, 2014
26 Kislev 5775
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Jewish Wedding Mazel Tov
To Marcia and Chuck Seigerman on the recent wedding of their son Jared Anstandig to Sarit Bendavid.
 
PARSHAT MIKETZ
Joseph's Response to Hunger
Adina Gerver

Joseph is a visionary; a man with a powerful capacity for imagining a future entirely unlike the reality before him.

In Parashat Miketz, he skillfully interprets Pharaoh's dreams: in cows and sheaves, he sees seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.

 

Wise Planning

However, this ability to imagine the impossible was necessary, but ultimately insufficient to avert agricultural and humanitarian disaster not only for Egypt, but the world (Genesis 41:57). It was the plan that Joseph presented, after all, that "pleased Pharaoh and all his courtiers" (Genesis 41:37).

What was so compelling about Joseph's plan? Joseph's proposal earned him the honorific "discerning and wise" because he went beyond promises to alleviate hunger and famine; he managed to prevent it through careful planning, storing, and withholding from the Egyptians 

 

Adina Gerver, a freelance writer and editor, is studying at the Advanced Scholars Program of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. She has served as assistant director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning and program officer at the Covenant Foundation. 


 


May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 
DECEMBER YAHRTZEITS

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.

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SHABBAT SHALOM! happy chanukah
Happy Chanukah
SHABBAT Miketz
Friday, December 19th
6 p.m. Services, CHAPEL
Saturday, December 20th
9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
10 a.m.  Supervised Youth Room
10:30 a.m.  "Reflections on the Siddur" with Dr. Mitch Parker

Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by the following Kiddush Lunch Bunch Families: Rita Goldstone, Hilda Hamburger, Rachel Kapen, Gail Kaye, Sheila and Martin Kurland, Marlene Margolis, Ilene Miles and Carol Wiseman. 
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.

TODAH RABBAH
To Rebecca Tron for sponsoring Minyan breakfast December 11th in honor of the morning and evening minyan and the support of its members over the course of the past year.

To Hilda Hamburger, for sponsoring upcoming Minyan breakfast December 24th marking the yahrtzeits of her beloved mother, Ethel Fishman and her beloved sister, Diana Nussbaum.

SAVE THE DATES:
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 BY DECEMBER 21ST if you are able to participate: info@bnaiisraelwb.org  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.

UPCOMING YOUTH AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES
FAMILY CAMP 2015:  FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 1ST.   
EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL JANUARY 9TH. 

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.
To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.
ADULT EDUCATION
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.
IF YOU MISSED THE MOST RECENT SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING WITH HOWARD FRIEDMAN, YOU MAY VIEW THE TEXT HERE:  by clicking here.
 
Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cake

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

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

DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES 

 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.

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