Shabbat Services are every Friday night at 7:30 pm Saturday morning at 10 am followed by Torah Study
Happy Independence Day! We will be having a special service on Friday night, July 7th at 7:30 pm, come be a part of it.
Also, We are now having Torah Service on Erev Shabbat once a month! Join us on Friday, July 21st. 7:30 pm when we take out the Torah's from the Ark! It's a wonderful service. Please join us.
“News and Views” By Rabbi Michael Sternfield
Is there a difference between lying and not telling the truth?
The recent testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions before a Senate committee raises an interesting ethical question. Apparently, either Mr. Sessions has a really lousy memory or he just did not wish to tell the truth about certain recent events. Eleven times during his testimony, he claimed that he could not remember. The most mystifying of his disclaimers was his inability to remember his third meeting with the Russian ambassador, despite the fact that the two were photographed together at the Mayflower Hotel.
Obviously, the Attorney General knew how to avoid perjuring himself. I must add that this is a clever, though not especially admirable Washington trick played by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Looking at this matter from the perspective of halachah (Jewish law), the question is whether sartful dodging constitutes a transgression. I should point out that truth telling is not an absolute in Judaism. Certainly, the Torah states clearly: Lo t’shakru, Don’t lie. (Leviticus 19) Still, there are occasions where lying may be justified. For example, if it is a matter of protecting another person’s life. But there are other justifiable reasons for not always telling the truth, such as to avoid embarrassing or humiliating another person. Essentially, lying seems to be permissible in situations where one is concerned about the well-being of another person.
But is failure to tell the truth a form of lying? I would have to say yes, it is. Jewish law deals both with sins both of commission and omission. Both are transgressions. In fact, during the High Holy Days, when we come to the Al Cheyt Prayer, “For the sins I have committed against You,” several of those listed are sins of omission. Perhaps the most profound of these is “For the sin of silence.” Every Jew should understand how the seriousness of this transgression from the horrifying memories of the Shoah (Holocaust) where world-wide silence was deafening and fatal to millions.
Failing to tell the truth does not constitute perjury unless the witness actually does remember when he has claimed not to. But that is impossible to prove. However, according to the halacha, this does constitute lying. Convenient forgetfulness fails the larger test of ethical conduct, at least according to the principles of our faith, not punishable but wrong nevertheless.
One final observation: A vow or oath is much more than a promise. When a witness stands, raises his/her hand and promises “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, (and formerly also …”so help me God,”) this is a vow, i.e. the most solemn promise. Judaism has a long history of discouraging the making of vows because they may be very difficult to keep. Better we should not make vows at all rather than committing an offense against God. Interestingly, there is considerable agreement about this in Christiantity. The Quakers were the first Americans to object to the witness oath, citing a prohibition in James 5:12 against any form of swearing. "But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath."
The most significant prayer of Yom Kippur is the Kol Nidre. It’s essence is a plea to God to be forgiven for vows that were made but were not kept. It seems that the concept of the vow/oath has been depreciated to the equivalent of a mere promise which, like pie crusts, are meant to be broken. Rather sad, wouldn’t you say? The old adage is that a person is only as good as his/her word. The Pirke Avot reflects this very ideal where we read: “Rabbi Shimon said, there are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship. And the crown of a good name is superior to them all.”
Rabbi Michael P. Sternfield
Rabbi Sternfield is available to meet with you for counseling, guidance or to discuss issues or concerns. He is also available for Jewish and interfaith weddings; funerals and memorial services, and other life cycle events. Call the temple to make an appointment. 941-755-4900
Membership in a synagogue represents a commitment to the community. It means that you are involved in keeping Jewish life alive and seeing it continue to the next generation. It also gives you a framework of giving and contributing to the Shul, and it means that you are a partner in supporting the financial needs of the Synagogue which we are all part of. If you are interested in joining Temple Beth El Bradenton, please contact Staci Rosenstein by leaving a message for her at the Temple 941-755-4900
Welcome new member! David Karubian and family!
Jordin and Jack, age 7 and Dara age 9
Message from the President Dr. Robyn Spirtas
To my TBE family,
As I go into my second month of President of this amazing congregation, I feel a sense of satisfaction. I am learning every day about all the aspects of running a temple. It has given me great pride to organize papers, documents and systems so that we will function more smoothly. We have done a great deal of promotions on facebook, e-mail and other social media to get the word out and have been getting many new faces. We have several people interested in membership! Preparation for High Holy Days are well on their way and we look forward to a successful holiday season. I am enjoying working with our new Executive VP, Ron Eiseman and have been working closely with Rabbi Sternfield to make changes and upgrades. I had a wonderful time at the sisterhood luncheon where 13 women came together to support the temple. Things are exciting and I am proud to be a part of this family. I hope that everyone reading this, will keep in touch with me. The summer is a time for us to plan and grow. If you have not been to the new temple yet, please come. We are now having our monthly dinner and a film as well as our monthly Family Pot luck Havdalah at the new building. You can learn all about the events and activities as well as all the High Holiday details right on our website! www.templebethelbradenton.com We would love to have you at Services or any of our wonderful events.
Robyn Spirtas TBEBradentonfl@yahoo.com
Friday June 30 —Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 1st—Shabbat Service 10 am followed by Torah Study
Friday, July 7– Independence Day Erev Shabbat 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 8—Shabbat Service 10 am followed by Torah Study
Wednesday, July 12 -Beth El International Film Series at TBE. Dinner prepared by Rabbi Sternfield followed by the film The Frisco Kid! (With Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford) 6:30 pm $10.00 pp.
Friday, July 14— Erev Shabbat 7:30 pm
Saturday, July15—Shabbat Service 10 am followed by Torah Study
Wednesday, July 19th - Sisterhood Lunch at Duff's Buffet on US Hwy 41. RSVP to Robyn Spirtas email@example.com
Friday, July 21 — Erev Shabbat with Torah Service! 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 22 —Shabbat Service 10 am followed by Torah Study
Saturday, July 22 - Special musical Havdalah at TBE with Local Cellist Katherine Von Der Heide. Dairy Pot Luck. (no desserts please) Hosted by Neil and Robyn Spirtas
Wednesday, July 26 - TBE Board Meeting 7 pm at TBE
Friday, July 28 — Erev Shabbat 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 29 —Shabbat Service 10 am followed by Torah Study
Friday, August 4 — Erev Shabbat 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 5 —Shabbat Service 10 am followed by Torah Study
*Saturday, August 5 - TBE Open House! 12 -2:00 pm
There's more! Check out ALL the TBE EVENTS and details on the website- view in either list or calendar view. AND print for your records!! www.templebethelbradenton.com
Marlena Johnsky in memory of Addie Segelman; Dorothy Mizzi in memory of Rebecca Abo; Kate Richmond in memory of Weed Richmond; Marlena Johnsky in memory of Daniel Johnsky; Jean Ellis in memory of Kelly Reynolds; Sanford Daniziger in memory of Arthur Danziger; Florence Shulman in memory of May and David Shur; JoAnn Cote in memory of her Mother.
DONATIONS TOWARDS REPAIR OF ARC:
Albert & Staci Rosenstein; Irv Zamikoff; Susie Konicov; Jean Ellis; Leonard Schlain; Ron & Robin Eiseman; Neil & Sandy Clark; Neil & Robyn Spirtas
SIMCHA GRAM CARDS FOR BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY, GET WELL, OR CONGRATULATIONS:
Marlena Johnsky; Beverly Safron; Jean Ellis.
Thank you to everyone who has donated...
Would you like to sponsor a Shabbat? Celebrate a Simcha or remember a loved one...
Friday evening Oneg:
Challah and wine $25; food $25, $50 for both
Saturday: Challah and wine $25
You can sponsor the entire weekend for $75!
Please make all checks payable to
Sisterhood, Temple Beth El
Men's Club News
Just a reminder to send in your dues. The first meeting is the 3rd Sunday in September (Sept. 17th) at 9:30 am at the Clark Activity room (behind the Temple). Come and enjoy bagels and lox as we plan events for the year.
Neil Clark, President
The Sisterhood had a wonderful luncheon at Keke's Breakfast Café.13 beautiful women gathered around the table. It was so great to be together! Next month will be on Wednesday, July 19th 12 pm at Duff's. RSVP to Robyn firstname.lastname@example.org Bring a Jewish friend!
*NOTE: if anyone has a heavy duty mixer they are not using that they would like
to donate to Sisterhood, please call the TBE office.
ADULT HEBREW CLASSES ARE BACK!
If you are interested in learning how to read Hebrew or are interested in a Beginner's Hebrew Conversation class, call Temple Beth El at 941-755-4900
Participants in the Conversation class must read Hebrew proficiently.
The class/s will meet on Tuesdays, from 6:00 to 7:00 (Beginners) and 7:00 to 8:00 pm (Conversation). Class will start October 3.
The cost is $50 per temple member (non-members: $60), and will consist of 8 classes.
Books are extra. Call TBE for cost.
If you are interested in a summer course, call the Temple and leave your name. Summer classes would start July 11. Same times and cost.
Your instructor will be Susie Konicov.
Memorial Plots available from Temple Beth El Located in Palmetto, Florida, Skyway Memorial Gardens has been serving the residents of Manatee County since 1952. The tranquility of Skyway ensures a peaceful resting place for years to come. Call TBE for more info on the "Garden of Abraham" Monthly payment plans now available through TBE
Please remember TBE in your will, there is no greater gift.
A project of the sisterhood is to feed the hungry. There is a food barrel in the foyer, waiting for your contribution. Please bring your nonperishable food items as often as possible. Hunger has no season.
Our Hebrew & Religious school is an interactive, hands-on teaching experience. We are currently enrolling children for both Religious and Hebrew School. If you are interested in registering your child for Hebrew or Religious school, please contact our Education Director, Susie Konicov by calling the Temple office at 941-755-4900
The Temple Office
The TBE office is available to you or for your questions. We are open Tuesdays thru Fridays, 9:00 am - Noon. For Rabbi or Temple information or to RSVP for an event, please call the Temple office. 941-755-4900 The Office is located at Temple Beth El, 5150 Peridia Blvd E, Bradenton 34203
Got pocket change? Remember Pushke money? Put your change each day in a ziplock bag, then bring the bag to the Temple as a donation. Every little bit helps! It is a great way to get the kids to contribute too!
“It is a Tree of Life to those who hold fast to it.” Proverbs 3:18 Purchasing a leaf (or leaves) is a wonderful way to mark and sanctify precious life events, such as: B’nai Mitzvah, engagements, weddings, birth of a child or grandchild, birthdays, anniversaries, or any special occasion. It I also a loving way to remember those who have gone before us.$100 per leaf. Call the TBE office for more info - 941-755-4900
Would you like to pay your dues by credit card?
Call the office to leave their cc info or for more info.
Our Havdalah services are a great way to end Shabbat and start the week off right. We have a dairy pot luck meal and a special program followed by a short Havdalah service. It is a very special evening. Bring a friend!
The July Havdalah will be at the temple. Hosted by Neil and Robyn Spirtas. The program will be a musical program by Cellist Katherine Von Der Heide. 5:30 pm. Open to all.
Rabbi Cantorial Soloist Office Manager Religious Education Director
President Exec. Vice President Treasurer Secretary Membership Immediate Past President
Community Ritual Education Publicity & Social Media Membership Social Events Sisterhood
Board Member at Large
Michael Sternfield Deborah Suta Jean Ellis Susie Konicov
Dr. Robyn Spirtas Ron Eiseman
Neil Spirtas Marilyn Steinberg Stacie Rosenstein Sandy Clark
Katherine Richmond Susie Konicov Stephanie Peshek
Susan Shipotofsky Neil Clark
YAHRZEIT DATES FOR JULY & AUGUST
We are trying out a new procedure for notification of Yahrzeit announcements with date of service. You will not be notified any other way.
LIGHT MEMORIAL CANDLE EVENING BEFORE THE DATE NOTED
Services June 30 & July 1
6/29Sandy & Neil Clark I.M.O. Harry Kleinman
Services July 7 & 8
7//3Dr. Eli Lerner I.M.O. Cheryl Marie Lerner
7/3Neil & Sandy Clark I,M,O, Nellie Jackson
7/4Katherine Hoffman I.M.O. Bee Eder
7/7Dottie Mizzi I.M.O. Isaac Abo
7/7Barry Steiger I.M.O. Saul Steiger
Services July 14 & 15
7/10Dr. Lois Gerber I.M.O. Jacob Gerber
7/11Freda Koff I.M.O. Tillie Brodsky
7/11Sharon Carlson I.M.O Betty Markel
7/12Florence Shulman I.M.O. Pearl Schwartz
Services July 21 & 22
7/16Jean & Alex Shames and Eunice Bruton I.M.O. Jerry Shames
7/18Lionel Friedman I.M.O. Herman Friedman
7/20Barry Steiger I.M.O. Bob Steiger
7/21David Morgen I.M.O. Nanette E. Cohen
Services July 28 & 29
7/23Jean Shames and Eunice Burton I.M.O. Annette Shames
7/26Sandy & Neil Clark and Helen Waldman I.M.O. Seymour Kleinman
Servi ces August 4 & 5
8/2Ron Adelson I.M.O. Maisia Adelson
Services August 11 & 12
8/6Dr. Eli Lerner I.M.O. Sarah Lerner
8/10Jean Ellis I.M.O. David Levy
8/12Neil & Sandy Clark I.M.O. Jane Clark
Services August 18 & 19
8/13Celia Strickler I.M.O. Blanche Strickler
8/15Jean Ellis I.M.O. Sarah Ellis
8/16Jean Shames I.M.O. Robert L. Dunne
8/18Robyn & Neil Spritas I.M.O. David Rosenfeld
8/19Paul Stahl I.M.O. Charles Stahl
8/23Susan Koff I.M.O. Beatrice Schiffman
8/24Robyn & Nail Spirtas I.M.O. Sadie Rosenfeld
Services August 25 & 26
8/23Neil & Sandy Clark I.M.O. Golda Milch
8/24Marlena Johnsky I.M.O. Norman Harris
Send Birthday, Anniversary and Bar/Bat Mitzvah "Simcha-Grams" to your TBE family
TBE sends Birthday, Anniversary, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and other celebration “Simcha-grams” to members in honor of their special day. This is a wonderful way to contribute to your Synagogue and to send your TBE family good wishes. This is also an easy way for our Synagogue to make extra money, so please take the time to fill this out. To have your name included in the congratulatory card, just print this form and circle those names you wish to be included on and enclose $2.00 per name. A card will be mailed to those individuals prior to their special day.
Names must be received at the office by the 20th of the month prior to the birthday or anniversary.
Please Note: If we have somehow overlooked your Simcha or made an error in
printing the date, please accept our apologies, and call the temple
office at 941-755-4900, so that we may update our records.
10 Freda Koff
13 Barry Schneider
26 Harold Millstein
13 Jerry & Susan Koff
31 Becky & Bob Hadesman
Simcha Gram Form
Your Name ____________________________________________
How would you like your Signature on card? ________________________________________
# of Names Selected @ $2.00 each _________ Check total:______________________
In the memo area of your check write: Simcha Gram and send by the 20th of the month prior to the simcha month to: Temple Beth El Attention: Simcha Gram, 5150 Peridia Blvd E. Bradenton, Fl 34203
If we have somehow overlooked your Simcha or made an error in printing the date, please accept our apologies and call the temple office at 941-755-4900 so that we may update our records.