September 4 - Friday Evening Sabbath Service - Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Senior Cantorial Soloist, Caron Dale, Gabbai, Eugene Silverman
September 13 - 7:45 PM at the Bohrer Center, Erev Rosh Hashanah: Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Cantorial Soloist, Beth Rubens, Gabbai, Eugene Silverman
September 14 -10 AM, at the Bohrer Center, Rosh Hashanah Morning: Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Senior Cantorial Soloist, Caron Dale, Gabbai, Eugene Silverman (followed immediately by brief Tashlich Service)
September 18 - Friday Evening Sabbath Service - Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Cantorial Soloist, Beth Rubens, Gabbai, Eugene Silverman
September 22 -7:45 PM, at the Bohrer Center, Kol Nidre: Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Senior Cantorial Soloist, Caron Dale, Gabbai, Eugene Silverman
September 23 -10 AM, at the Bohrer Center, Yom Kippur Morning Service: Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Senior Cantorial Soloist, Caron Dale, Gabbai, Eugene Silverman
September 23 - 4:30 PM, at the Bohrer Center, Yom Kippur Afternoon Services: Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Cantorial Soloist, Beth Rubens, Gabbai, Eugene Silverman
Hevrat Shalom Congregation in King Farm welcomes members and guests to a new venue for our High Holy Day Services this year. The change of location is required due to construction at Ingleside. High Holy Day services will be held at the Bohrer Center on Frederick Avenue, a short distance from King Farm. The center is conveniently located, comfortable and provides ample parking on the premises. Bus services will be provided for Ingleside residents.
Our Principal Rabbi, Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, in addition to commitments to his two other congregations, will be with us on Erev Rosh Hashanah and for the closing services on Yom Kippur. High Holy Day services will be led primarily by our Associate Rabbi, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, who will coordinate closely with Rabbi Saltzman. Cantorial Soloists Caron Dale and Beth Rubens will again lead us in the spiritual music which so beautifully enriches our prayers and heals our souls. Our professional clergy will be assisted by our volunteer Gabbai, Eugene Silverman, a dedicated member of the Hevrat Shalom Board of Directors. All members of our Board of Directors will be serving as ushers and helping with administrative responsibilities as will many of our congregants.
John Lass is again graciously compiling our Book of Remembrance with the printed names of your loved ones which will be read from the Bema during our Yom Kippur Yizkor Service. The Yizkor remembrance and donation request may be down-loaded at: www.hevratshslom.org. Donations may be sent by check or made by PayPal on our website. To assure inclusion, names for the Book of Remembrance and donations must be received by August 31.
Additional High Holy Day tickets are available to members for their extended families at half price. When ordering tickets please remember to order our High Holy Day prayer book, The Gates of Repentance, if you need additional copies. Only a limited number will be available at the door. A donation of thirty-six dollars is requested.
Thanks to your continued support Hevrat Shalom continues to grow, particularly with new members from King Farm. Please keep spreading the word.
Shana Tova Umetukah, wishing you a good and sweet year
Searching Our Most Inward Selves
By Senior Cantorial Soloist Caron Dale
In Aramaic, the everyday language used by Jews at the time the names of the months were determined, the last month of the year became known as “Elul,” a word that means “search.” Indeed this is the time of the year when we search our hearts.
August 16, 2015 was the first day of Elul, a month of introspection, a time to prepare ourselves for the coming year and the holy days that start it. Elul is a time for repentance, perhaps a cleaning of the soul. But how do we do that? What are we supposed to do? We are supposed to clean our house, the house of our sacred selves and we begin by repenting. There are four stages required to repent: Azivas Ha’Chet, leaving the sin; Charata, regret and remorse for doing the sin; Vidduy, confessing one’s sin, and finally Kabala L’habo, committing to not doing it again. And during Elul we begin the process of asking forgiveness for the wrongs we’ve done to others.
I believe that this kind of introspection, this level of honesty takes great bravery. It’s not easy to look at the parts of ourselves from which we’d prefer to hide, to ignore, to wish weren’t there. Elul gives us the opportunity to thoughtfully and consciously prepare our minds, bodies and souls in an effort to have a better relationship with God and with those around us. Through the depth of our search, we must find the strength and the courage to be kind, generous and purposeful.
May you and those whom you love be inscribed in the Book of Life for a happy, healthy and meaningful year.
The End of Summer
By Cantorial Soloist Beth Rubens
The end of Summer and the coming of Fall has always elicited bitter-sweet feelings in me. The “bitter” is the end of so many things I look forward to: summer vacations and beach time, long days and more time to visit with family and friends. It means the start of school and the return to routine for me and my children, with new classes of children to teach and get to know, new routines, early mornings and carpools. And of course, the “sweet” is the coming of the High Holydays: a time for gathering, reflecting, singing beautiful and familiar music that has its place only once during the year.
Just as we enjoy the sweetness of the honey and apples on our tongues, we enjoy the sweetness of the beautiful melodies that were written to honor this very holy time of year. These nusachim, or specific, recurring melodies were written to honor these special days, and we only hear them at this time of year. When we hear that sweet, familiar melody written in a Major key on Rosh Hashanah, we are reminded of the joyfulness of the coming New Year. Contrastingly, when we hear the nusach for each of the Yom Kippur services, we are back in the Minor keys, and the sad, reflective qualities they evoke. Each one has its specific purpose and place.
These beautiful tunes and the thoughts and emotions that they stir up are so much of what this time of year means. It is a comfort to know we have these holy days to come together for self-reflection of the past year, and to look towards the year that lies ahead. The music helps to connect us, like a familiar friend, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, and gives us a sense of belonging, to a tradition, to a culture, and to a people. I look forward to sharing some of this beautiful music with you in the coming weeks.
May your New Year be filled with sweetness, on your tongue and in your hearts. L’shana tovah tikatevu, from my family to yours.
Hevrat Shalom’s Letter to Outgoing Ingleside Director, Marilyn Leist
On behalf of Hevrat Shalom of Maryland I wish to congratulate you on this special day, which celebrates your accomplishments as Director of Ingleside. Yes, we know that you are moving into a new moment in life, yet we cannot help but reflect on all that you have accomplished and given to us, supporting Jewish residents of Ingleside in their desire to have a spiritual center within these buildings.
We hope that our little congregation has accomplished good work during your tenure, and that through worship, fellowship and study we have become a good offering for the residents of Ingleside. This could not have been accomplished without your support and cooperation.
Every group has needs, every individual looks to their own requests, yet we have always felt that under your guidance Ingleside is a community which examines and balances the requests and demands with sensible fairness, considering the number of activities and religious groups within the community.
You have worked to be a friend of our community by listening to us and to the residents, making everyone understand a little bit better that we can work together to serve the needs of a great model community. You have also been generous with your time, honoring us with your presence for special occasions, as when I was awarded a Doctorate causa, by my seminary.
We have shared Shabbat meals together, and you always bring good words and joy to us with your presence. We have been honored to work with you, and share the sense of celebration as well as the sense of sadness that this moment in time requires you to make a change. Yet we have so much to be grateful for and to reflect upon.
We read in Psalm 90 - "So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." You have been blessed with a heart of wisdom.
We pray for you and your family at this moment that you be granted opportunities of love, and that you continue to learn, and to make the world a better place. May you be blessed with health, companionship and contentment for the marvelous work you have accomplished.
You have been blessed, as we have been blessed with life, success and accomplishments. Thank you for being - not just an outstanding director, thank you for being a dedicated friend. We are so grateful!
Blessed are You... who has kept us in life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this special day of celebration.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
Marilyn Leist's Response
July 21, 2015
Thank you, Rabbi Saltzman
I am, indeed, humbled by your words. I continue to feel the importance of having Hevrat Shalom as part of the Ingleside “offerings.” Not only for our residents, but the community as well. I am grateful for your presence here and wish you well in the future. Thank you, Marilyn
Marilyn Thomas Leist
Ingleside at King Farm
Rabbi Saltzman & Carol Nissenbaum and Carol & Ted Bahr ended the wait for a grandchild in June 2015. In honor of this blessing Carol & Ted Bahr provided an Oneg with this cake to celebrate this wonderful event.
Sponsor an ONEG
by Elise Ward
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. Onegs are also a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other special lifecycle event. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Meet and Greet held at Nick's
on July 23 was a success!
by Carol Bahr
Membership Chair and Ingleside Liason
Rabbi Saltzman, Rabbi Lynn, and Caron Dale, our Senior Cantorial Soloist, along with 5 Hevrat Shalom members met to greet the 5 guests from King Farm who came to learn more about our Temple and to become acquainted with the clergy & members. It was a lovely evening of conversation, fruit, wine and cheese and excellent opportunity to share our deep feelings and appreciation for Hevrat Shalom and the benefits it provides to Ingleside and King Farm. This is one of several Meet and Greets to be held in our goal to attract new members from King Farm. We feel a more diverse membership will benefit us all.
Of course, we are also continuing, with the help of Ingleside members, to increase the participation of Ingleside residents. Let's everyone think of someone to invite to share a Friday evening service or High Holiday service to give them the opportunity to see what we have to offer.
Book Review: North or South?
How Robert E. Lee made his choice
by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
New Year Message
from Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
The Jewish New Year, 5776, will begin on the evening of September 13th. All of Hevrat Shalom’s High Holy Day Services will take place at the Bohrer Center in Gaithersburg. The center is attractive and welcoming with lots of room for parking.
Together with my new Associate Rabbi, Devorah Lynn, Cantorial Soloists, Caron Dale and Beth Rubens, and Gabbai, Gene Silverman, we are proud to serve the residents of Ingleside, King Farm and the surrounding communities.
We are a diverse group that for a number of years met at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg. Our move to King Farm allows us greater flexibility in the arrangement of our services while attracting a growing population from the King Farm area.
As we continue growing we will continue to expand our programming with additional family services, religious school classes, adult education and pastoral support programs, initiation of a young couples group and changes to our service format. Together we aspire to provide spiritually satisfying services uniquely melding beautiful music, stimulating sermons and Torah insights.
Hevrat Shalom programming and special events includes: our Annual Picnic, Jewish Film Festival, Passover Seder, weekly bible classes and Distinguished Speaker Series which this year included presentations by authors Ronni Miller, Jonathan Horn and Martin Ganzglass and author-actor Carol Nissenson.
As we begin the preparation for worship on Rosh Hashanah, we remind ourselves that Teshuvah, Tefillah, and Tzedakah – Repentance, Prayer, and Acts of Charity and Righteousness – can help us to move forward into the New Year with the sense that we can begin anew, regenerate ideals and together as a community help one another to be stronger.
As we enter the year 5776, join us in making it a year of life, renewed commitment, and Shalom in the world. From my family to yours,
L’Shana Tova U’Metukah – A Happy and Sweet New Year!
Rabbi Arnold Saltzman and Carol Nissenson
Picture of clergy including from left to right: Senior Cantorial Soloist Caron Dale, Gabbi gene Silverman, husband of Rabbi Lynn, Rabbi Lynn chanting from the Toral and Principal Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
Altruism Takes Practice.
Start During Elul
Rabbi Devorah Lynn
I was moved yesterday by an article on NPR about the courage and self-sacrifice of the three Americans and two Europeans who subdued a heavily armed terrorist on a high-speed train to Paris. A Yale psychology professor David Rand spoke on the topic of extreme altruism and said this:
“It’s not quick thinking that led these men to intervene.” In a recent study titled “Risking Your Life Without a Second Thought: Intuitive Decision-Making and Extreme Altruism,” Rand makes the case that “it’s a lack of forethought that allows feats of ‘extreme altruism’ to take place.”
Rand explains that altruistic impulses are learned and practiced on a daily, mundane basis; helping someone with a heavy box, opening a door, stopping the car for a pedestrian. Everyday kinds of things that begin to come naturally and frequently. When something extreme happens the practiced person jumps in without thinking as they would for helping to wash the dishes before they can say, “Whoa, this is different, this is a bad idea.”
I am NOT suggesting that we practice altruism in order to be able to intervene in terrorist attacks! But we can take Elul, this month of introspection before the New Year, to practice one of our Jewish values.
This is the practice of self-assessment and improvement taught in Mussar, popularized in 19th century Lithuania by Rabbi Yisrael Salanter and seeing a resurgence today through the books of Alan Morinis.
Let’s take the Jewish value of generosity. We have Tzedakah, not charity, but rightness, the justice of giving because it is the right thing to do. And we have T’rumah, giving as the heart so moves. One is rational, one emotional. How can we practice getting to a place where generosity comes naturally, without thought that if another gains, we lose. Or with the fear of a difficult memory when resources were scarce?
Mussar suggests that we do three generous acts per day, one of money, one of time and one of caring. A tall order! It may not happen everyday but it is a goal, one we can practice each day of Elul and perhaps into the ten days until Yom Kippur. By Sukkot it may come naturally, in time for the pilgrimage holiday where we once brought generous sacrifices to the Temple.
A figuratively hardened heart, recent research tells us, can block the heart literally, causing heart disease. But opening the heart to generosity can heal the soul. “
“The giver gets more than the recipient. The recipient acquires something material and limited. The one who gives, however, acquires for himself a good and pure heart.”
Rabbi Joseph Hurwitz of Novardok.
High Holy Days
Activity Center at Bohrer Park,
Summit Hall Farm,
506 S. Frederick Ave.,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
note: Tickets are required for the HolyDay services
Books: Gates of Repentance (Available for $36 per copy)
Evening of Rosh Hashanah - Sunday Evening September 13 @ 7:45 – Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Beth Rubens, cantorial soloist, Eugene Silverman, Gabbai
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - Monday September 14 @ 10 AM -12:15 PM
Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Caron Dale, cantorial soloist (followed by Tashlich), Eugene Silverman, Gabbai
Kol Nidre - Tuesday Evening, September 22, 2015 @ 7:45 Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Caron Dale, cantorial soloist, Eugene Silverman, Gabbai
Yom Kippur - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 10:00 AM Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Caron Dale, cantorial soloist, Eugene Silverman, Gabbai
Yom Kippur Afternoon - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 4:30 - 6:15 PM -
1. Mincha with Sermon by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn, Beth Rubens, cantorial soloist, Eugene Silverman, Gabbai
2. Yizkor - Memorial Service - Memorial Booklet of Names of Loved Ones
3. Closing Service of Neilah with Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Rabbi Devorah Lynn Beth Rubens, cantorial soloist, Eugene Silverman, Gabbai
4. Followed by Break-the Fast
Ingleside High Holy Day Bus Service
Rosh Hashanah (Sun. Sept. 13) Leave IKF at 7:15 pm for Bohler Center for service at 7:45 pm
Leave Bohler Center at 9:15 pm. Should be back at Ingleside by 9:45 pm
Rosh Hashanah (Mon. Sept. 14) Leave IKF at 9:30 am for 10 am service
Leave Bohler Center to return at 12:15 pm and be back at IKF at 12:45 pm
Yom Kippur (Tues. Sept. 22) leave IKF at 7:15 pm for 7:45 pm service
Leave Bohler Center 9:15 pm back to IKF by 9:45 pm
Meet Our New Vice President,
Who am I?
I grew up in Brooklyn and was a member of a very Conservative Synagogue. It has been a lifetime dream to have a Bat Mitzvah, which I hope to do at Temple Hevrat Shalom. I have been a member of this congregation since the beginning and pleased to see it grow over the years. Professionally, I am a pharmacologist and have spent the last 20 years working on new cancer drugs. Currently, I have been helping cancer patients navigate their disease by directing them to the top clinicians, educating them on their disease and discussing options with them.
Programming—I want your input!!
I look forward to help plan activities that will make our congregation feel more family-oriented. I think the formation of chavarah groups–small gatherings might be a great way for congregants to get to know each other by organizing small group meetings around certain interests. For example, Torah study, learning Hebrew, Book Clubs might be some ideas for future Chavarah. I’d love to hear from congregants as to what kinds of programs they would find of interest. I am looking forward to talking with everyone about their ideas.
Good Neighbor Committee
by Elise Ward
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 the Committee Chairperson, Elise Ward, at 301-294-2493. 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 Elise Ward. Everyone is welcome. Your help will strengthen and support our Hevrat Shalom community.
Hevrat Shalom Board of Directors:
President: Steve Permison
Vice President: Bonnie Dutcher
Ingleside Liaison: Carol Bahr
Publications Editor: Sid Verner
Members at Large: Joseph Hein, John Lass, Diane Marcus, Gene Silverman, Sid Verner,
Elise Ward, Sandra Wolk
Education: Rabbi Arnold Saltzman
Funeral Practices: Jack Goldman
Garden of Remembrance Diane Marcus
Good Neighbor: Elise Ward
Ingleside Advisory: Carolyn Bahr
Jewish Film Festival David Elkaim
Membership: Carolyn Bahr & Bonnie Dutcher
Oneg: Bess Shay
Public Relations: Gene Silverman & Sandra Wolk
Ritual: Board of Directors
Sidonia Fleitman, Grandmother of Diane Marcus
Samuel Garfinkel, Father of Charles Garfinkel
Isadore Goldman, Father of Sandra Wolk
Pearl Gould, Mother of Diane Levitus
Nelee Langmuir, Sister of Mina Parsont
David Margolis, Husband of Florence Margolis
Berta Schuster, Sister of Ruth Goldman
Nellie Schuster, Sister of Ruth Goldman
Rebecca Diamond Sussman, Grandmother of Ted Bahr
Jerome Apirian, Father of Susan Drubin
Bernard Bahr, Father of Ted Bahr
Elaine Levin Bard, Sister of Inabelle Levin
Abraham Barsky, Father of Philip Barsky
Alvin Dahlquist, Father of Kay Permison
Theresa Falchick, Mother of Dorothy Gordon
Jacob Fleitman, Father of Elizabeth Perlman
Morris Haimovicz, Father of Joe Hamer
Beatrice Korson, Sister of Sandra Wolk
Bernard Kulik, Husband of Dorothy Kulik
Sol Klansky, Father of Anita Barsky
Judith G. Leever, Niece of Miriam Rothchild
Bejanmin Levin, Grandfather of Inabelle Levin
Jacques Levy, Uncle of Dorothy Gordon
Suzanne Perlman, Daughter of Elizabeth Perlman
Joel Shapiro, Son of Hyman and Irene Shapiro
Burton and Louise Oranburg, In Memory of Blanch Maites, sister of Estelle Hein
Carol & Ted Bahr, In Memory of Blanch Maotes, sister of Estelle Hein
Florence and Gerald Lang, In Memory of Bernie Wasserman
Florence and Gerald Lang, To wish Teddy Tobin Happy Birthday
Norma Dancis, Memory of Isadore, Devera and Selma Danovitz
Carol and Ted Bahr, Oneg to celebrate the births of Evelyn
Rose Bahr 6/17 and Eden Anna Saltzman 6/8/2015
Inabelle Levin, Rabbi's fund for thanks for the Sedar