March 2016 Newsletter
March 2016

Upcoming Services:

March 18 - Purim ServiceRabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Caron Dale, cantorial soloist & guest musician, Eugene Silverman, Gabbai

April 1 - Sabaath Service - Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn,  Beth Rubens, cantorial soloist, Gene Silverman, Gabbai


President’s Message
Steve Permison

Observation and Request

Our Sabbath Services are truly outstanding. I enjoy the beautiful voices of our cantorial soloists; the musical and writing talent of our clergy and the overwhelming positive “gestalt” of the Sabbath experience. During our service on February 19th Rabbi Saltzman offered a beautiful piano etude to set the mood and introduce the service. Rabbi also accompanied our Cantorial Soloist, Beth Rubens throughout the service and the clergy together, including our Gabbi, Gene Silverman, led us in music, prayer and thoughtful teachings. As always the sermon, A Victory in Israel for 'Women of the Wall,' was very thoughtful and is archived on our website:
The “piece d’ la resistance” of our service on the 19th was Elena Tal Rubens-Goldfarb, Cantor Beth’s daughter, celebration of her Bat Mitzvah. Elena provided a thoughtful D’Var Torah followed by a well-delivered chanting from the Torah. The Rubens-Goldfarb family, including Beth’s husband Brent and son, Nathaniel all participated proudly in the service.
The Sabbath Service imbued me with good feelings and a sense of participation, belonging and connection with my Jewish roots. It is always a pleasure to celebrate and share life cycle events such as Elena Tal’s Bat Mitzvah. Once again, and for the past sixteen years, a meaningful Sabbath Service was provided by Hevrat Shalom, your synagogue without walls.
Even without walls, Hevrat Shalom needs your participation and support. Though we have not had to increase dues for several years, we do have a significant budget shortfall for the current year.  There are many ways that you can help us offset the deficit:

  • Sponsor an Oneg
  • Be a sponsor for a special event such as our Spring Jewish Film Festival
  • Make a much needed contribution to our general fund

In the past sixteen years I remember very few instances when it was necessary to ask our membership for additional support. However, when necessary, our membership has always helped out. Life is precious and its presence is fleeting. Reach out while you can and offer Hevrat Shalom a little additional assistance. Help us maintain the frequency and beauty of our Sabbath Services.
Thank you.

Music's Messages
Caron Dale, Senior Cantorial Soloist

"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul."
I love this saying.  And while the author is unknown, the sentiment is one to which we can all relate.  Every culture, every religion, every society has it’s own music. While the styles and genres change over region and time, the impact does not. Great music makes us feel something, helps us express things we often can not find the words to express on our own. Melodies with winding lines, varied meters, changing tempos, and vibrating rhythms speak to us in depths dark and often difficult to otherwise reach.
Passover is the Jewish holiday that fills me the most musically. It’s a combination of strong familial memories, and songs with powerful melodies and evocative lyrics. It’s the universal language sharing universal messages.
Second seder at Hevrat Shalom this year is Saturday evening, April 23rd. I hope you’ll plan to join us as we share this annual tradition with one another and explore the power of the music of the seder.
Wishing you a great beginning to Spring, the season of rebirth and renewal.

Elena’s Bat Mitzvah 
Beth Rubens

On February 6th our family celebrated the wonderful occasion of our daughter, Elena becoming a Bat Mitzvah. My husband and I were surprised at how meaningful and spiritually uplifting the entire weekend was. Yes, we knew it would be great, with so many family members and friends there with us, but the level of sheer joy and pride that we experienced at seeing our daughter up on the bima reading the torah was something that took my breath away.
IMG_5570Our Elena, who toddled around smiling, talking a blue streak and making friends wherever she went, ready for whatever adventure was next. In 3rd grade, after a few years of struggling to read with ease, we finally realized she was dyslexic. She has spent more than three years overcoming that dyslexia with great success due to her perseverance and commitment. Our student, dancer, actor, performer, cupcake-baker, and vibrant spirit who attacks everything she puts her mind to, was standing there, chanting from the torah, and it wasn’t easy. That moment came about with much work and an energy that she has applied to everything else in her life that she cares about. She stood there proudly, enjoying her moment to shine, and we enjoyed it as well, as we looked upon her.
It was a beautiful service filled with joyful music, and a beautiful weekend that I will carry with me, close to my heart for many years to come.
Two weeks ago, on February 19th, we relived part of that day with our Hevrat Shalom family at Ingleside. Elena chanted her first aliyah with our community there watching and celebrating along with us. I sang “Biti” (My Daughter) by Michael Isaacson in her honor. What a joy to be able to do that, and perhaps I enjoyed it more than she did, but it doesn’t matter. I have learned that these events are as much for those who are celebrating along with the individual as the individual herself. It is a time to rejoice in family and community. Thank you so much to all who were with us, both physically and in your thoughts and well-wishes.
From all of our family to yours,
Beth Rubens, Cantorial Soloist
Brent Goldfarb, Elena and Nathaniel

Building Our Community 
Bonni Dutcher

These days, so many people are surprised that I'm a member of a congregation. As my friends'  children get older, and leave the house many people decide not to stay a member of the temple. I have been involved with Hevrat Shalom almost as long as I have been in the DC area. Some of the wonderful things about our congregation are our Rabbis, our cantorial soloists and our members. Every time I go to services, I feel as I'm with my family.  I enjoy meeting new people every time I can make it to a service. Hevrat Shalom has and offers a great sense of community. I would like our membership to think about doing some new things. Interested parties in informing a brotherhood or a sisterhood should feel free to call me and see if we can start these groups. 

Rabbi Lynn has offered to do three Schmooze and Study groups. We encourage members to come and to bring a nonmember who maybe interested in joining our congregation. The events will take place at Ingleside. The dates that we have selected our March 23 at 7:30 PM, March 30 at 7:30 PM and April 13, time to be determined. 

I hope you will all consider getting involved and come to services. We are so fortunate to be part of a caring congregation.  


Good Neighbor Committee

Hevrat Shalom’s Good Neighbor Committee is available to assist sick or healing congregation members. Committee volunteers may help with an errand, prepare a meal, check-in with a phone call or visit members who request congregational support during a difficult time.

If you would like assistance from the Committee, please contact out secretary,  Sue Tubbs 301-299-2592. You may also contact Rabbi Saltzman at 202-244-6871 and a Committee member will contact you to see how we may be of assistance.

If you would like to become a Committee member, please contact Sue Tubbs 301-299-2592. Everyone is welcome. Your help will strengthen and support our Hevrat Shalom community.

Bess Shay, Hevrat Shalom Congregation
Sandra Wolk, Hevrat Shalom Congregation
David Elkaim,  Hevrat Shalom Congregation
Elaine Moses, Hevrat Shalom Congregation
Maurice Dunie, Hevrat Shalom Congregation
Lois Stern, Hevrat Shalom Congregation


Sponsor an ONEG
by Bess Shay


Onegs are also a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge a life cycle event such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other special event.  Onegs are an integral and very pleasant part of our Friday night Shabbat Services. The Onegs provide an opportunity for congregants to celebrate Shabbat with wine and challah as well as spend time conversing with one another.  If you would like to sponsor an Oneg by ordering a cake or other special treat, please contact Bess Shay at 301.977.2822 or Sue Tubbs at to make arrangements.

By Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
Purim is a favorite holiday of both adults and children. A time of carnival like atmosphere, Jewish style, where once a year people can wear costumes, make noise, even get a little tipsy during services.
What is the fun about? Purim is a celebration which is more than about survival, it is the fact that against all odds, we are here. We more than escaped the hate of Haman and his sons. It is about the fact that Queen Esther rescued us through her intercession with King Ahashverosh, and thereby allowed the Jews of Shushan to fight back in a courageous manner and against the odds, defeat and destroy Haman and his armies.
This is a message for our time, that we have the right to defend ourselves. This seems like what we call a ‘no brainer’ yet with Jews living in over 100 countries, frequently they are experiencing some type of anti-semitism or even assaults. There are restrictions and unfounded hatreds and attacks against Jews as we know happened in France this past year.
So, even though the Megillah has a comical and joyous message, it is also a reminder of the real problems we face, yet with the realization that we can do more than overcome - we can triumph as a people as long as we have the courage to defend ourselves. That is what any people can do in preserving their very lives and heritage.
Ha! We can fight back!
Purim gives us much to celebrate with Hamantashen to enjoy, no religious restrictions for the holiday, wonderful music, and a Purim Shpiel, a parody of Jewish life and the Purim Story.
This is among our best attended services, with Caron Dale providing the energy and fun accompanied by instrumentalist, and Hevrat Shalom players taking part in the script.
We invite you to join us on Friday evening March 18, 2016 for a delightful and fun filled evening service. (Purim will actually be observed on the Jewish calendar on the eve of March 23, 2016 and the next day. March 24th).
Its a mitzvah to hear the Megillah read, and we will read a portion of it, also Shlach Manot, Matanot Laevyonim are additional customs: sending a Purim package to a friend or neighbor, and sending Tzedakah to those in need complete the fulfillment of a joyous festival.
Chag Sam’e’ach - A Happy Purim Holiday to you and your loved ones. We look forward to sharing the festival with you!
Rabbi Arnold Saltzman

The Truth in Comedy
Rabbi Devorah Lynn
In December Jerry Seinfeld performed to a sold out crowd in Tel Aviv.  One of his best- received quips was about how Israelis have only two answers to a question.  On the one hand “everything is going to be alright” (Yeheyeh Kol b’Seder) and on the other; “that’s impossible!” (Ee efshar).  There is no middle ground.  After having just returned from a three-week trip to Israel I can say that has never felt more true.  But, of course, for us, it has always been so.  This is why we talk with our two hands.  Jews and Israelis in particular have always lived in the ambiguity in between those two answers.
The paradox is that sometimes you say the first one, Kol b’Seder, when you really believe it; having a coffee in a café on Ben Yehuda Street in any of the major cities and all seems so normal.  The sky is blue, the traffic noisy, the cappuccino ever so smooth.  And sometimes you say “everything is going to be alright” when the situation is hopeless, life threatening, to a sick child or wounded comrade; “Don’t worry, everything is going to be ok,” to give them and yourself undeserved hope.
We say, “that’s impossible!” when you know there is no hope and you can be honest with yourself; getting a new government, obtaining a building permit within two months, and that problem that Gd and everyone knows cannot be solved; two people, one land. There is despair that any solution will work.  But sometimes you say “that’s impossible” when you see something so awesome you cannot believe your eyes.  I see it, taste it, feel it, hear it, but it can’t be humanly possible: a triple somersault on a skateboard, the chocolate babka from Lechamim in the Carmel Market, a run on the violin by a 7-year old prodigy.  It’s simply impossible even though it unfolds in front of me. Having to believe the impossible staggers you.  Your knees buckle.
Three weeks in Israel nearing the 70th birthday of the State was a staggering experience.  The current mode of tour guiding is not the one-sided Zionist dream of previous decades but includes a “multi-narrative” that tries to yoke together what we always wanted to believe and what we knew in the recesses of our heart; that the people and the nation, Israel, rose from a Valley of Dry Bones after the Holocaust and in our desperation we tamped down problems that would later haunt us.  We surely survived and the powerhouse that rose out of the sands is a miracle of modern grit, know how, and ingenuity. Can we use that genius to solve the insolvable?
Awesome, impossible miracles confronted us everyday of our trip: The spectacular office and condo towers that rise off the sands of Tel Aviv, Hertziliya, Netanya with impossible architectural design.  The first woman in the world to manufacture clothing at home from a 3-D printer. The medical wonder that can use a cell phone to diagnose cancer where there are no doctors. And perhaps most disruptive, the kibbutz that used to grow oranges and dates with a return of 1 Sheckel on the kilogram of fruit compared to the same kibbutz now that grosses $10,000 per kilogram of antioxidants grown in acres and acres of glass tubing.  Fields and fields of solar panels instead of dairy cows whose energy is shipped to the Arava Power Company to power the towns of the Negev.  It’s simply impossible and everything is going to be alright.  Even the kibbutz is re-inventing itself.
Seinfeld is right. Everything is both going to be alright and everything is impossible all at the same time, everyday in Israel.  As Baron Edmond de Rothschild said, gazing out on the Land in 1925, “When I think back fifty years ago when I first began my efforts, and I recall the land as it was then covered with stones and filled with thorns; and its people, wearied by their labours, it appears to me that I am dreaming.” Israel is a dream, both inspiring and frighteningly on the edge. It is an ambiguity with which Israel must live and with which we in the Diaspora must live, including loving Israel so much we can be mad as Hell at Her and we must still support Her, warts and all. This is the most impossible thing to believe and yet we still hope against hope that everything is just going to be alright.

March, April, May Yahzreits

Stanley Berger Brother of Elaine Moses
Olivia Elkaim Wife of David Elkaim
Paul Fox Brother of Florence Lang
Elizabeth Gordon  Mother of Meyer Gordon
William Geneslaw Father of Charlotte Lass
Joseph Hamer Husband of Milred
Ida Haimovicz Mother of Joseph Hamer
Philip Heller Father of Mimi Goldstein
Charles Lehman Brother of Leonard Lehman
Henry Levin  Husband of Jeanett Levin
Paul Levitus Father of Sid Levitus
Michael Parsont Husband of Mina Parsont
Louis Schulman Father of Bonni Dutcher
Hugo Schuster  Father of Ruth Goldman
Recha Schuster Mother of Ruth Goldman
Sidney Simons Father of Florence Margolis
Mathew Zimet Brother of Elihu Zimet
Seymour Badem Former Board Member
Morris Bierman Son of Irma Bierman
Victor Falchick Father of Dorothy Gordon
Herman Kravet Husband of Mimi Goldstein
Fred Emanuel Lass Father of John Lass
Leroy Moses Husband of Elaine Moses
Ruth Myers Mother of Joseph Myers
Ruth Sawelson Mother of Beth Zimet
Manheim Shapiro Father of Hyman Shapiro
Louis Shapiro Brother of Hyman Shapiro
Josephine Simmons Irma Bierman
Laura Dahlquist Mother of Kay Permison
​Edith  Felkow Sister of Irene Shapiro
Irene Ginsberg Mother of Miriam Rothchild
Sally Hamburger Irma Bierman
Helen Shirley Levine Wife of Rabbi Levine, Mother of Daniel
Lois Mackler Sister of Sandra Wolk
Morris Myers Father of Joseph Myers
Gladys Pearlstein Sister of Gerald or Florence Lang
Evelyn Schulman Mother of Bonni Dutcher
Gary Sherman Brother in Law of John and Charlotte Lass
Clara Swart Mother of Mimi Goldstein
Theodore Sussman Grandfather of Ted Bahr
Joseph Temin Father of Adele Lehrman
Yvette Weiss Aunt of Elaine Moses
Herman Wolk Husband of Sandra Wolk
Year of Mourning  
Ted Bahr Husband of Carol Bahr
Blanch Maites Sister of Estelle Hein
Florence Margolis   
Nancy Zemel  Mother of Lauren and David Sucher
Marilyn Zutz  Wife of Harry Zutz

Sue Tubbs, Bookkeeper, Secretary

Your generous donations supplement synagogue dues and help meet our annual budget needs. Hevrat Shalom Congregation gratefully acknowledges the following donations:

Bess Shay General Fund
Sandra Wolk  General Fund
David Elkaim  General Fund
Elaine Moses General Fund
Maurice Dunie General Fund
Lois Stern  General Fund
Mimi Goldstein Memory of Clara Swart
Mimi Goldstein and Herman Kravetz Memory of Clara Swart
Marc & Ilana Breslow Memory of Ted Bahr
Esha Dhora  Memory of Ted Bahr
Maurice Dunie  Memory of Ted Bahr
Mildred Hamer  Memory of Ted Bahr
Joe & Estelle Hein  Memory of Ted Bahr
Laia Katz  Memory of Ted Bahr
Lauren Orangeburg Memory of Ted Bahr
Steve & Kay Permison Memory of Ted Bahr
Sue Tubbs Memory of Ted Bahr
Beth & Elihu Zimet  Memory of Ted Bahr
Dru Alejandro   Baby Naming

Hevrat Shalom Board of Directors:

President: Steve Permison
Vice President: Bonnie Dutcher
Treasurer: Jay Myers
Ingleside Liaison: Bess Shay
Publications Editor: Sid Verner

Members at Large:
Jamie Glassman
Joseph Hein
John Lass
Gene Silverman
Sid Verner
Sandra Wolk


Committee Chairs:

Education: Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
Funeral Practices: Jack Goldman
Good Neighbor:
Ingleside Advisory: Bess Shay
Jewish Film Festival: David Elkaim
Membership: Bonnie Dutcher
Oneg: Bess Shay
Public Relations: Gene Silverman & Sandra Wolk
Ritual: Board of Directors


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