June 11, 201524 Sivan 5775
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To Ruth Webber on the sudden passing of her beloved husband and our dear friend, Mark A. Webber.  Our condolences to the entire Webber family on their loss.  May the memory of Mark A. Webber always be for a blessing. May the Webber family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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Mazel Tov
To Carol and Michael Golob on the birth of their new grandson, Robert Avery Nelson, on June 10th.  Mazel Tov as well to new parents, Sara and Geoff Nelson.



Rabbi Bradley Artson


The survival and success of the Jewish people stems from our ability to mold reality to match our dreams and ideals.

Moses instructs 12 spies, one for each of Israel's tribes, to investigate the characteristics of the land the people are about to enter. They travel throughout the land of Israel during the course of 40 days, and they return to the camp bearing an enormous load of the fruit of the land.

Yet when they return, their testimony is contradictory. On the one hand, they assert that the land is one which "flows with milk and honey," a land bounteous and fertile. On the other hand, they also insist that the people in the land are giants-nefillim-who cause the hearts of those who see them to collapse. Based on the perceived strength of the inhabitants, the spies urge Israel not to occupy the land, despite the assurances of God and of Moses that they would do so successfully. Alone among the spies, Caleband Joshua assert, with complete faith, that Israel should enter and take the land immediately.

What is striking about the spies' report is the central role of subjectivity in any report of reality. What mattered to them was not a simple compilation of facts, but rather an internal sense of what those facts mean: "We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them."


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May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 


6/12/2015 (25 Sivan)

Arlene Foster

Joseph Gartenbersg

6/13/2015 (26 Sivan)

Evelyn Wolock Eisman, Deborah Phyllis Vernick

6/14/2015 (27 Sivan)

Samuel Klein

6/15/2015 (28 Sivan)

Irving Koren

6/17/2015 (30 Sivan)

Milton Schloss

6/19/2015 (2 Tammuz)

Rose Arbit Magy

6/20/2015 (3 Tammuz)

Arlene Gorbaty, Judy Rogoff, Alvin Winkelman

6/21/2015 (4 Tammuz)

Edward Feibus, Donald Lewis, Florence Sklar

6/22/2015 (5 Tammuz)

Joseph Jacobson, James Pappas

6/23/2015 (6 Tammuz)

Fival Ginsburg

6/25/2015 (8 Tammuz)

Betty Schwartz

6/27/2015 (10 Tammuz)

Jacob Kurland

6/28/2015 (11 Tammuz)

Harry Baer

6/30/2015 (13 Tammuz)

Beverly Weingarden

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Friday, June 12th


Bloomer Park, West Bloomfield

Bring a dairy or pareve dinner and join us at the park. If it is raining, please enjoy your dinner at home and there will be services in the chapel.

Saturday, June 13th

9 a.m., Sanctuary

10 a.m. Supervised Youth Room

We will honor our Volunteer of the Year, Mitch Parker.  Mitch will also be teaching a class after lunch entitled: "Beginnings."  All are welcome to attend.

Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by a generous anonymous donor in honor of Mitch Parker.


If you would like to be part of a Kiddush Lunch Bunch group, please e-mail Mindy Shuback.  Donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund can also be made directly to the synagogue.



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

TKA Summer Send Off Bingo
Wednesday, June 17th, 6:30-8:30, TKA Social Hall
$6/person Everyone welcome. click here for complete flyer

TKA Rummage Sale

Saturday Night Learning, June 13th, 8:30 p.m. at the home of  Fran Stark and Dave Hundiak. 
rsvp to Fran and Dave if you plan to attend.
Volunteers will lead a text based discussion each week on the topic of his/her choosing.  The evening will close with Maariv and Havdalah.  Everyone is welcome! Subjects are self-contained, so you can join any week you would like and not worry about "missing out" on material from the previous week. 


Great Love Stories of the Tanach

Dates:  Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27.  August 3, 10

Time:    9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Cost:     $90

Place:    TBA

Instructor:  Mitch Parker

Begin your Mondays with a morning study of the love stories that are an integral  parts of the Tanach.  Learn the truth about the romances of Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Rachel, Samson and Delilah and David and Bathsheba. Spend a few summer hours immersed in the verses of one of the greatest love poems of all times, The Song of Songs, Shir Hashirim.

If you are interested in enrolling or would like more information, please contact Mitch: abbadoc@comcast.net.

Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cake


 12 Laura Berger

 13 Bess Glazier

 14 Phillip Litt

 14 Cecily Myers

 14 Marla Schloss

 16 Ilana Glazier

 18 Rami Berger

 18 Benny Berger

 20 Davida Robinson

 21 Carol Golob

 21 Marni Jacobson

 24 Jessica Singer

 25 Max Feber

 26 Herb Lantor

 26 Karen Rosenberg

 28 Madeline Kaufman

 28 Raymond Silverman

 28 Ruth Webber

Jewish Wedding



 12 Dan & Miry Serlin

 13 Andy & Libby Beider

 13 Rabbi Mark & Amy Robbins

 15 Howard & Sharon Friedman

 20 John Marcotte & Vicki Freedman

 21 Phillip & Cheryl Litt

 22 Steve & Joan Freedman

 22 Leonard & Sharon Rosen

 24 Belmont & Gertrude Kershenbaum

 25 Lowell Schmeltz & Ilana Glazier

 26 Ron & Sharon Gadoth-Goodman

 27 Ken & Shula Brown

 27 Lenny & Robin Jacobson

 28 Robert & Laurie Kimmel

 28 Noel & Judy Lawson

 29 Mark & Loraine Kuhn

 30 Alan and Barbara Funk


If your birthday or anniversary information is not listed, please email the synagogue so we can update our records.
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