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Galesburg, IL 60402-0501
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Finding “awe” in one’s life is a moving, spiritual and rare experience. For me, experiencing awe has come through seeing beauty in nature, the joy of friendships & loving relationships and the personal satisfaction of success in a challenge.
At Temple Sholom, I’ve felt the “awe” of being part of something bigger than me. The first time that I challenged myself to lead a service, I was amazed. When I first held the Torah in front of the congregation, I tingled all over. When “our” children complete their B’nai Mitzvot, I am filled with joy to the point of tears. And when we worship together, there are times when the feeling of community overwhelms me.
I hope you’ve had similar experiences in your life and at Temple Sholom. You have been part of my joy and awe at Temple Sholom. Thank you for being a part of this community.
I am looking forward to hearing about your awesome experiences this summer and for years to come.
There has been so much going on in the world right now. War, disease, violence, death–it’s like we’ve got our own 21st century four horsemen of the apocalypse. Just a few weeks ago, another devastating and heartbreaking shooting took place at an elementary school. And now we’re being told that there could be an outbreak of monkeypox in the US. The curse of “may you live in interesting times” seems very applicable to today.
As a rabbinical student, I get emails every day from Jewish not-for-profits and social action groups. I also follow a lot of Jewish sites on social media. And whenever anything big hits the national news, I invariably will see an article that is titled, “what does Jewish tradition tell us about _______”
But here’s the rub. Jewish tradition is WAY too big for it to say just one thing. The popular online library of Jewish texts, Sefaria, has within its library Jewish texts totalling almost 300 million words in Hebrew and translation. (As a comparison, War and Peace has about half a million words, and the entire Talmud only has about two and a half million words.)
Whatever your views on any given situation may be, the odds are that you will be able to find a text that supports your views. If you look at protest signs from the 1950’s and 60’s opposing integration, many of the posters contain verses from the Bible. But I don’t believe that finding validation to one’s opinions is the point of our texts and our faith.
Jewish tradition never says just one thing about a topic. In fact, the first yeshivot in Yavne were designed specifically to be a place of disagreement and debate without division. This is why the Talmud contains so many machlochets, arguments. Instead, in our daily liturgy, we are commanded, laasok b’divrei Torah, to engage with words of Torah.
What makes us human is the divine spark found within each one of us. That spark that tells us to do what’s right, to be loving and kind, and to pursue tikkun olam, the healing of the world. To be human is to be b’tzelem Elohim, made in the image of G-d.
What makes us Jewish is to be Yisrael, literally one who wrestles with G-d. One who can feel both joy and frustration that our texts can say something completely beautiful and universal (ex: love your neighbor as yourself, Lev. 19:18), and something completely horrible and wrong (ex: stone the rebellious child, Deut. 21:18-21).
Our work as Am Yisrael, the People Who Wrestle With G-d, is to interact with our texts, and, I hope, find meaning and inspiration within them. May those texts instill within us the knowledge to decide what are the right actions for each of us to take in these interesting times, and may those texts imbue within us the fortitude to be strong in our convictions.
May you each feel compelled laasok b’divrei Torah, to engage yourselves with words of Torah, and know that I’m always here as you wrestle with the words of our tradition.
With the Shalom of wholeness and peace,
|Rabbi Karp: Saturday 10:30 a.m. service & potluck
|Potluck lunch after services
Oneg responsibilities include: providing the food for the oneg, setting it out in the social hall, and cleaning up afterwards. (Beverages are kept in stock at the temple.) If you cannot attend services the evening you are assigned for the oneg, please switch with someone for another night, rather than just dropping off the food ahead of time. Thanks!
Need to switch? If you cannot lead the service or provide the oneg, please find someone to switch with. Inform David Bunde of the switch, too (email@example.com or 309-335-7130), as he sends out the weekly reminders.
New COVID-19 Policy for meeting in-person at the Temple
At its June 7th meeting, the Temple Board approved a new policy for meeting in-person at the Temple, making vaccination optional while leaving in place a requirement to wear a mask; masks can be removed while eating or drinking.
Explanation: This policy recognizes the important value that our services be accessible to as many people as possible. It’s become clear that we will be dealing with Covid for a very long time to come, so the Board felt a need to adjust our policy to a “new normal.” While vaccinations show significant benefit in limiting severe COVID-19 infections, they do not appear to be effective in limiting the spread of the virus in its present form, which can be spread by both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. At the same time, by keeping the mask requirement in place, the policy underscores the importance of protecting the health of our community, since masks protect both the wearer and other people. The Board encourages the wearing of the most effective type of mask (N-95 or KN-94); free masks will be available at the Temple. The Board also encourages all congregants to remain current with vaccinations and boosters for their own protection. The Temple will continue to have services in hybrid so that there is an online (Zoom) option for those who are unable or uncomfortable attending services in person.
This new policy remains subject to change, depending on the local circumstances.
Our Student Rabbi for 2022/23: At its March meeting, the Board approved Jennifer Bunde as the congregation’s student rabbi for 2022/23. Jennie has been serving as a rabbinic intern this past year, with the mentorship of Rabbi Karp.
Bushes: If you notice later this summer that our bushes are gone: The Temple recently had a security audit, and the Board is starting to respond to recommendations made. One of the recommendations is to remove the large bushes around the building, as they are easy to hide behind. We plan to re-landscape with plants that have a much lower profile.
Scholarship funding for Jewish camps: At its March meeting, the Board approved scholarship funding for Jewish camps: a $200 scholarship per child per year to families sending children to Jewish camps. A maximum of $1,000 will be budgeted yearly.
Temple Sholom/Brookside Cemetery Campaign Committee: The current total of gifts/pledges/bequests to our campaign is $302,052, well above our original goal of $250,000. We are most grateful to all our donors! The campaign will be closing on June 30 of this year, and a full report will be made available within about a month of that. (Scheduled payments on pledges already made will continue until the pledge has been fulfilled.)
To Martin Abraham, for his appointment as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY-Brockport, beginning in mid-June.
To Jennie Bunde for her appearance on Jeopardy: https://www.galesburg.com/story/entertainment/television/2022/03/24/galesburg-il-resident-jennie-bunde-to-appear-on-jeopardy/7134307001/
To Lindsey Weintraub, who received her masters degree in Biological Sciences from Western Illinois University on May 13th and will continue her education at the University of Illinois’s College of Veterinary Medicine this fall.
To Nikki Jacobs and Nathan Inzerillo, daughter and son-in-law of Jim and Hattie Jacobs, who have created a podcast entitled THEATRE COUCH. The theme is cultural diversity in plays. You can see their discussion of “Eclipse” by the Zimbabwean-American actor and Playwright Danai Gurira at this site: https://theatrecouch.buzzsprout.com
To Hollan Wright, granddaughter of Jim and Hattie Jacobs, who graduated cum laude from Western Illinois University with a degree in psychology and has received an assistantship to continue graduate school in psychology.
To Bryn Wright, granddaughter of Jim and Hattie Jacobs, who graduated from high school, received the Lyle Snyder Scholarship, and will enter the nursing program at Carl Sandburg College.
To Eliza Karlin, daughter of Jeremy Karlin and Monica Berlin and step-daughter of Gabrielle Raley-Karlin, who graduated from Galesburg High School and will be attending Kalamazoo College in the fall.
To Nurislam Grimronov, grandson of Susan and Maury Lyon, who graduated from Culver City High School and will be attending University of California-Santa Cruz.
TODAH RABAH—MANY THANKS
from Jennie: Thank you to Penny, Faye, Maury, David B., Gabe, Dean and Adam for all of the time and hard work you have put into teaching our children this year. It is so very appreciated! The kids had a great time and learned so much. Todah rabah!
from Jennie: Thank you to everyone in the congregation for being so loving and supportive of me during my first year as rabbinic intern. I have loved the experience, and I’m looking forward to next year!
To Maury Lyon for all the work he did making arrangements for and overseeing the replacement of the roof on the Temple.
And for the work that had to be done in connection with the roof leaking in the fall: thanks to Penny, Faye, and Maury for dumping the buckets of water, and to all those who helped move books out of and back into the library.
To Jennie Bunde for being our rabbinical intern this year. Thanks also for all the work she has done in the last two years to set up our Zoom arrangements for hybrid services and meetings, and for being our main tech person during that time.
To Faye Schulz, Maury Lyon, David Amor, Penny Gold for learning how to do the Zoom set up; they will now be taking turns (along with Jennie) to do the tech for services.
To Dean Alexander for arranging and participating in the security audit for the Temple.
To Cindy and Lindsey Weintraub, who are moving to Champaign, IL. We wish you all the best in your new home!
ANNUAL MEETING: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
DOUGLAS BUNDE’S BAR MITZVAH: Saturday, November 12, 10:00 a.m.
Summer/Fall Festival Schedule 2022 (5782/83)
(Note: festival begins the previous sunset)
Tishah b’Av August 7
Leil Selichot September 17
Rosh Hashanah September 26
Yom Kippur October 5
Sukkot October 10
Simchat Torah October 18
Hannukah December 19
The Lincoln Library in Springfield currently has an exhibit on “Stories of Survival: Object, Image, Memory,” that features a silver purse that Faye Schulz’s grandmother had in Germany, along with Faye’s memories of that purse. The exhibit, which originated at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, will be up through January 22, 2023. Faye hopes you’ll be able to make a visit! For more information: https://presidentlincoln.illinois.gov/stories-of-survival-object-image-memory
Temple Emanuel (Davenport) and Congregation Beth Israel (Rock Island) have moved to a new shared location (Beit Shalom Jewish Community) in Davenport. The congregations remain separate, but they share a rabbi as well as physical space. For more information: https://www.jta.org/2021/11/01/united-states/4-cities-2-states-1-synagogue-campus-and-rabbi-the-jews-of-the-illinois-iowa-quad-cities-are-learning-to-share
Mary Howell shared information about her book My Father Was The Phantom In Hitler’s SS, which she published under the name of “Elizabeth Washington.” She did not learn this about her father until after his death: that as a man enlisted in the US Army, he was trained as a spy, dropped from an airplane into Germany, and picked up by the underground. There he was trained and furnished paperwork as an SS Officer, working for Hitler until the war ended. The book can be purchased from Mary by sending $20.00 to: M. E. Howell, P.O. Box 827, Macomb, Il 61455. The money is used to put actual copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, into schools. Mary also passed on this interesting story from World War II: https://fbindependent.com/when-my-daddy-went-to-war-mystery-of-unexploded-shells-p11053-89.htm
Proposals invited for use of the Chai Fund: In 2014, Temple Sholom received a gift of $10,188 from the Chai Foundation. We have drawn on these funds for several projects, using about one-third of the funding. The Temple Board welcomes proposals to use the fund; guidelines below. If you have an idea, you might want to start by discussing it with a board member. Proposals can be send to our president, Kevin Satisky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Statement for use of the Chai Fund: Temple Sholom will use the money from the CHAI gift on initiatives that will invigorate the Temple community. The Temple will give each initiative up to $500. The funds may be used for (but not limited to):
- scholarships for skills/leadership development
- care of the Temple Sholom building and grounds
- programs that bring the Temple community together and support our presence in Galesburg (and surrounding communities)
- tzedakah projects that engage the members of the congregation
- the purchase of religious objects/books, and technological additions and upgrades.
When requesting for funds from the CHAI grant, Temple Sholom members should state how the supported project will realize the mission of invigorating the Temple community.
ACCESS TO BROOKSIDE CEMETERY
For security reasons, car access to Brookside Cemetery is controlled by having a locked gate at the entrance, but you can always walk in through the smaller gate to the side. Make a note of the lock combination (0311) so that you have it when you go to visit the cemetery. Please make sure the gate is closed after you exit, with the padlock re-locked. If you have any questions, please contact one of the cemetery trustees: Bob Bondi, David Amor, Jeremy Karlin.
In memory of Joyce Carlson
In support of Temple Sholom
For the Seder
Stephen & Bryce Kidman
For student dinners at the Seder
Dean Alexander & Family
In memory of Alexander Faynov
The Fayman Family
In memory of Ken Grodjesk
Don’t see your name? If you have made a donation but do not see your name on this list and/or have not received an acknowledgement by mail, please let Nancy Eberhardt know. Sorry in advance for any slip ups!
Making a donation to Temple Sholom? If you would like to make a donation to Temple Sholom, please send your check to: Maury Lyon, Treasurer, Temple Sholom, Box 501, Galesburg, IL 61402-050, identifying the nature of the gift (e.g., in memory of, in honor of, or for the speed recovery of a particular person). Maury will notify Nancy Eberhardt, who takes care of correspondence concerning such gifts (e.g., notifying the family of the deceased that a gift has been made in memory of that person).
Happy Tree of Life Donations: Donations may be made in recognition of a variety of events, for example: in honor of a happy occasion (anniversary, birth, bar/bat mitzvah, birthday, etc.), or in honor of an individual or family. Donations may be made by an individual or a group, and may be made at three levels: a leaf ($200), an acorn ($500), and a stone ($1,000). A leaf can be engraved with four lines of text with 20 characters in each line, plus a brief fifth line (often a date). Acorns and stones are larger than leaves and can accommodate more text. Sample wordings can be found by looking on the Happy Tree of Life. If you want to make a donation, you can send your gift, along with specification of wording, to Maury Lyon, Treasurer, Temple Sholom, Box 501, Galesburg, IL 61402-0501
Memorial Plaques: If you would like to purchase a memorial plaque ($250), send your donation and desired wording to Maury Lyon, Treasurer, Temple Sholom, Box 501, Galesburg, IL 61402-0501. You will find samples of what to include on the plaque by looking at ones already on the memorial board.
Gift Shop: Gift shop offerings have been pared back to candles (Shabbat, memorial, Hanukkah) and mezuzot. The easiest times to access the case are Friday evenings before or after services. For access at another time, contact Faye Schulz, 335-7192.
Corrections and Additions: If you have corrections or additions for the new edition of Temple contact list, please send them to Penny Gold.