May 2010

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May 12, 2010 - Religious School, 9 a.m., Lag B'Omer Celebration. 5/07. Kidz Shabbat ..... May 21 – Elizabeth Andersen, Sam Posner, Jacob. Serbin, George E.




Youth Group Shabbat and the Dedication of the Jonathan S. Train Youth Lounge

6:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

KIDZ Shabbat Shabbat Eve Service* led by current & former members of COFTY Torah Reading: Behar/Bechukotai, Lev. 25:1 – 27:34

Please join us for the

TOL CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Details on page 2


Saturday, May 8 10:00 a.m.

Come and celebrate Shavuot at Temple this year! Tuesday, May 18 – Festival Service for Shavuot featuring our Service of Confirmation (please see invitation inside)

Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

Friday, May 14 7:30 p.m.

Shabbat Eve Service* led by Students of Kitah Aleph (1st level Hebrew) Torah Reading: Bemidbar, Num. 1:1 – 4:20

Wednesday, May 19 – Temple office is closed

Saturday, May 15 10:30 a.m.


Shabbat Morning Bat Mitzvah Service of Sydney Feirstein

Tuesday, May 18 Shavuot Eve 7:00 p.m.


Shavuot Confirmation Service

Friday, May 21

Sisterhood Sabbath

7:30 p.m.

Shabbat Eve Service led by and honoring the Women of the TOL Sisterhood Torah Reading: Naso, Num. 4:21 – 7:89 Shabbat Eve Service Torah Reading: Behaalotecha, Num. 8:1 – 12:16

Friday, June 4 6:15 p.m. 7:00 p.m.


From the Rabbi


Religious School

Friday, May 28 7:30 p.m.

From the President

Picnic Supper Family Service for Shabbat Torah Reading: Shelach Lecha, Num. 13:1 – 15:41

* Childcare available. Please contact the Temple office for details.



Youth Page


Temple Events




Temple News


Green Team Update


Member News


Community News


Yahrzeits & Bimah Flowers




Calendar of Events



ANNUAL MEETNG OF THE TREE OF LIFE CONGREGATION Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. All members of the Tree of Life Congregation are invited and encouraged to attend the Congregational Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, May 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. At the meeting, we will elect new officers and board members, approve the Temple’s 2010-2011 budget, and hear reports from the President, Rabbi, Religious School Director, and various committees. If you have any questions regarding next year’s budget, please contact Howard Weiss. If you have any questions for the meeting, please feel free to contact the TOL president, Jeff Selig. AGENDA FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING • • • •

Call to Order Opening Prayer/D’var Torah Approval of the minutes of the 2009 Annual Meeting Reports

Rabbi Sherman President – Jeff Selig Treasurer – Howard Weiss Religious School Director – Risa Strauss Membership Committee Endowment Report Fundraising Report •

New Business Approval of Budget for 2010-2011 Election of Officers and Board Members Adjournment NEW BOARD MEMBERS Terms Expiring in 2013: Michelle Bowen, David Carr, Laney Cohen, and Kim Moses

PROPOSED SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2010-2011 President Jeff Selig First Vice President Debra Tedeschi Second Vice President Annette Goldstein Secretary Bill Strauss Treasurer Paul Westfall Immediate Past President Amy Scully

Term Expiring in 2011:

Scott Kaplan

NOTICE ABOUT THE BIG NOSH Unfortunately, this edition of the TOL Newsletter had to be put together before THE BIG NOSH took place on April 25. Stay tuned next month for photos and reports from Tree of Life’s First Annual Jewish Cultural Festival. We know it will be an incredible success! Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen!



MAY CELEBRATIONS By Rabbi Daniel M. Sherman May will be a very busy month for the Tree of Life Congregation this year. We have something special each and every week to look forward to and to celebrate. On Friday, May 7 we will have our annual Youth Group Shabbat. I am very proud of our 8-12th graders who have been involved with COFTY this year. It has been wonderful to see so many of our kids take on leadership roles. The students will lead the service, as well as share with us some of their youth group experiences and reflections. Through Youth Group, the Temple continues to play a major role in the lives of our high schoolers, and our students continue to play a major role in the life of our congregation. This year Youth Group Shabbat, though, will be extra special. Jennifer and Hans Mykytyn – whom we have greatly missed since they moved from our community – have generously begun an endowment fund for our Youth Group as a way of memorializing her son, Jonathan Train. Jonathan, who died two years ago, was a former COFTY president; youth group played a major role in his life. On Friday, May 7 we will dedicate the Temple Youth Lounge in memory of Jonathan. We have invited former COFTYites to join us for this special occasion, and we hope everyone will stop by to visit the Jonathan Scott Train Youth Lounge. Our monthly Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study will take place on Saturday, May 8. This will be our second service to use the new prayerbook of the Reform Movement, Mishkan Tefillah. I hope to see many congregants at our Annual Meeting this year on Wednesday, May 12. It is a great opportunity to review the past year, to recount our many successes, and to thank our Temple leaders who have worked so hard on behalf of the congregation. I want to wish a Mazal Tov to the Feirstein family, who will celebrate as their daughter Sydney becomes a Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat morning, May 15. One of our most important holidays of the year occurs this month: Shavuot. Shavuot, or in English “the festival of weeks,” is also known as Chag HaBikkurim, the Festival of the First Fruits, and Zeman Matan Torateinu, the Season of our Receiving God’s Torah. Shavuot is one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals, putting it on par with Passover and Shavuot. However, I am afraid that it is the least observed of the three festivals.

Perhaps because it is only a one-day holiday, as opposed to the sevenday festivals, or maybe because it always occurs in late-spring or earlysummer as the school year is winding down. It is very important for us to remember and observe Shavuot. It marks the anniversary of when our people stood at Mount Sinai over 3,000 years ago and freely accepted God’s commandments and instructions. We pledged at that time: “Na’aseh venishma – all that God has spoken, we will do and we will hearken to God’s voice.” And we promised to enter our children into this covenant with God and to pass God’s teaching and a love for God’s Torah to all the generations of our people. We will continue this tradition as we celebrate Shavuot this year on Tuesday evening, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. with our Service of Confirmation. This is a very important and moving service for our Confirmands and their families. But it is also a very important service for our entire congregation and TOL family as we support our young people and their commitment to living Jewish lives, which they are confirming. Our Confirmation students have spent this year studying with me and learning about what it means to live good, meaningful lives as Jewish adults. Let’s be present and celebrate with them – even if Shavuot occurs during the middle of the week this year! Our Confirmands will lead us in worship and read the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) as our Torah portion for Shavuot. They will also read the powerful words that Ruth expressed to her mother-in-law Naomi as she accepted responsibility for living a Jewish life. But wait there’s more in the month of May. On Friday, May 21 we will celebrate Sisterhood Shabbat, as we honor and thank the women who make up and lead our TOL Sisterhood/Women of Reform Judaism. Sunday, May 23 is our last day of Religious School, and a chance for us to thank the hard-working teachers and staff who have given our children such a wonderful experience for another year of learning and growth. It is said that “April showers bring May flowers.” Truly lots will be blooming at the Tree of Life Congregation this month.





ear 10th Graders: There is a part of the Passover Seder called Yachatz when we break the middle of three matzot into two pieces and wrap one piece and use it for the afikomen and replace the other piece in the “matzah sack.” In the Family Haggadah that we use for our Religious School Model Seder, we learn about the Sephardic tradition where a participant slings the sack over his shoulder and is asked by the other guests, “Who are you?” The participant answers, “I am a Jew.” “From where are you coming?” is the next query. “From Egypt,” he says. And then everyone asks, “Well, where are you going?” and the participant answers, “To Jerusalem.” On Erev Shavuot, Tuesday, May 18 you, our 10th grade Religious School students, will become confirmands. I have but one wish for you. It is the hope that we at Tree of Life have imbued you with a strong enough Jewish identity that when asked, “Who are you?” you will be able to answer with affirmation and certainty, “I am a Jew.” When your class was entering the first grade, a scant 10 years ago, the United States Jewish population was estimated to be approximately 5.2 million Jews. In 2007 the estimate rose to 7.0 - 7.4 million Americans of Jewish descent (according to the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University). “How is that possible?” “The Jewish population increased?” you might wonder – especially when we Jews in Columbia often feel like a relatively isolated minority in a sea of more dominant religions. There are a number of reasons for the increase. (1) Jewish immigrants from Soviet bloc, Middle Eastern and North African countries have high birth rates that add to the American Jewish population. (2) A healthy economy, diet and access to medical care. (3) We have gotten so much better at “Jewishly educating” our children. I love reason #3 the most. The Jewish population cannot grow if your offspring find no

worth in maintaining their Judaism. As any Jewish educator will tell you, making Judaism come alive and wrap itself around the hearts and souls of each of our students is the ultimate achievement. Dates, names, meanings, Hebrew letters and vowels – it all always comes in time. But getting every child to say from the day they enter Religious School until the day they are confirmed, “I love being Jewish,” and “I love coming to Temple” – now that is truly remarkable. I hear often from parents (some of whom are yours), “Oh, Religious School is so much better now than when I was growing up.” Well, it better be. We need to be better communicators, more creative, more technologically savvy and more understanding of who our children and their families are than we were expected to be 30, 40 and 50 years ago. And we need to continue to improve upon our improvements. As students you have challenged us teachers to be our very best. As beginning teachers here at Temple, you have helped to sow the seeds for a new generation of Jewish children. What is our next level of success? That not only will you – Alyssa, Ben, Brandon, Elliott, Emily, Jonathan, Naomi, Robbie and Sarah – say, “I am Jew” with strength and conviction, but that in 10 and 20 years (not too much sooner) you will say, “And I am raising my children Jewish.” Rabbi Hillel said, “Do not separate from the congregation.” As you journey through life, you will each belong to several Jewish congregations and communities where you will be an important member. Each congregation will encourage you and give you strength, and you will all grow in your faith and in your love for your Judaism. We know that you will pass this heritage down to your children and to your children’s children. As a final thought, while we cannot make any claim for your gene pool or heritage, I would like to think that Rabbi Sherman and I and all the other teachers at TOL had some small part to play in the depth and potency of your Jewish identities. So to the Confirmation Class of 5770/2010, we cheer: “Ey zeh yofi, ey zeh yofi!”


RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS The end of the Religious School year always seems to come way too quickly and yet always brings with it so many activities and events that help celebrate who we are as a people and a nation. Smiling, engaged faces are our goal. We know that the month of May will provide ample opportunity for all to strengthen their Jewish identity. During the Hebrew month of Iyar, we rejoice in our freedom to study and grow with the holiday of Lag B’Omer, and we observe the reunification of Jerusalem with Yom Yerushalayim. In the middle of May, in the Hebrew month of Sivan, we celebrate Shavuot. This holiday is an early summer festival, rejoicing in our first fruits and the receiving of the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai so many generations ago. Tree of Life looks forward to celebrating with our children and families in a variety of ways. On Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. we will honor the memory of Jonathan Train with a special Temple Youth Group/COFTY Shabbat Service. Jonathan’s family, including Hans and Jennifer Mykytyn (a past Temple president) and Matthew Train will be present to help dedicate the Temple Youth Lounge in memory of Jonathan. Our current youth groupers will lead the service and share some of their TYG experiences.

On Friday, May 14, our youngest Hebrew learners will help to lead our Kitah Aleph Shabbat Service. On Saturday, May 15, Sydney Feirstein will become a Bat Mitzvah. We wish a hearty Mazal Tov to the entire Feirstein family. Also during the month, Grade 10 will be hosting a Mother’s Day Car Wash and Flower sale, and the TYG will be going on their annual white water rafting trip. We invite you to join us at Temple as well to celebrate with and recognize our 10th graders as they become confirmands and lead our Shavuot Service and Service of Confirmation on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Summer programming and activities at Temple will include weekly participation in the Seeds of Hope Farmers Market, Hebrew Workouts for all ages, special summer Shabbat Services, Israeli dance and much, much more! Our final day of Religious School for the 2009/2010 year is Sunday, May 23. As in past years, we will have a special assembly honoring our teachers, volunteers and students, and our annual Religious School picnic will immediately follow. We look forward to seeing everybody on the first day of Religious School in the fall on September 12, 2010. At this time, we wish our entire community a summer filled with Shalom (peace).


Religious School, 9 a.m., Lag B’Omer Celebration


Kidz Shabbat, 6:45 p.m., TYG-COFTY Shabbat and Youth Lounge Dedication at 7:30 p.m. with special Oneg Shabbat immediately following


Religious School, 9 a.m., Special Mother’s Day Car Wash and Flower Sale to support Confirmation Class


Kitah Alef (first level Hebrew) Shabbat Service, 7:30 p.m.


Bat Mitzvah of Sydney Feirstein, 10:30 a.m. Mazal Tov to the entire Feirstein family


Religious School, 9 a.m. Bina Book Club, TYG whitewater rafting in Charlotte


Erev Shavuot, Confirmation Service, 7 p.m.


Last day of Religious School, 9 a.m., assembly at 10 a.m., picnic at 11:15 a.m. Celebration of all May, June, July and August Birthdays! 5

UPCOMING BAT MITZVAH Audra and Paul Feirstein request the honour of your presence at the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter

SYDNEY DARA FEIRSTEIN Sydney is the daughter of Paul and Audra Feirstein and the older sister of Shelby. Sydney is a 7th grader at Heathwood Hall. Sydney and her family moved here from Pennsylvania and have lived in Columbia for three years. She is a cheerleader and plays on the JV soccer team. Sydney enjoys spending time with her dogs and hanging out with friends. For her mitzvah project, Sydney is collecting books and money for the Carolina Children’s Home and the Nurturing Center.

Sydney Dara Saturday, the fifteenth of May two thousand and ten at ten-thirty in the morning Tree of Life Congregation 6719 North Trenholm Road Columbia, South Carolina Kiddush Luncheon to follow


10th Grade Car Wash

Summer is fast approaching, and COFTY is still going strong! The TYG had a picnic at Finlay Park during Spring Break, and had an afternoon full of relaxation and fun. A handful of our high school members also attended the NFTY-SAR Spring Kallah in Jacksonville, Florida from April 24-26. Let’s end this year with a bang!

When: Sunday, May 9 at Tree of Life 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Upcoming events include: • The COFTY Shabbat service and Youth Lounge dedication on Friday, May 7th • Whitewater Rafting Trip (grades 7-12) at the National Whitewater Rafting Center in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, May 16 • Youth Group elections (Date TBA) • Beach trip for high school kids June 4-6th


$6/per vehicle

ALSO: Mother’s Day Plant Sale

Only $5 per plant! Great for Moms, Aunts, Grandmas, Sisters — Everybody!

Keep an eye out for any new events or changes regarding upcoming events. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shayna Bannister at [email protected]

Please support the TOL Confirmation Class Fundraiser!


TYG SHABBAT YOUTH GROUP SHABBAT & DEDICATION OF THE JONATHAN SCOTT TRAIN YOUTH LOUNGE FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010 Please join us for a very special Youth Group Shabbat Service on Friday evening, May 7, 2010 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The service will be conducted by members of COFTY – the TOL Temple Youth Group. Our 8th-12th graders will lead the service and share some of their youth group experiences with the congregation. At services we will also remember and honor Jonathan Scott Train, a former COFTY president, who died in February 2008 at the age of 32. Jonathan’s family will be present to help dedicate the Temple Youth Lounge in memory of Jonathan, for whom the Tree of Life Congregation and especially the youth group were such an important part of his life. We would also like to invite former COFTYites to take part in the evening, especially those who were in Youth Group with Jonathan. Jonathan’s mother, Jennifer Mykytyn, has prepared a collage of Jonathan’s youth group photos. At the Oneg Shabbat, we will put up a plaque in Jonathan’s memory and open up the Youth Lounge for everyone to see. A special Oneg Shabbat, coordinated by friends of the Mykytyn and Train family, will follow. Please plan on being part of this special service and ceremony.



Please join us in celebrating the Tree of Life Congregation Confirmation Class of 2010


Elliott Chartock Benjamin Crawford Jonathan Friedman Alyssa Greenhouse Robbie Morris Naomi Nudelman Brandon Picow Sarah Smith Emily Wassermann

Shop during Sunday School, before Shabbat, or call Donna Magaro (781-9791) for an appointment.

Service of Confirmation Erev Shavuot 5770 Tuesday, May 18 7:00 p.m. Oneg Chag to Follow 7

SISTERHOOD NEWS On April 1, 2010, Sisterhood had another great Women’s Seder. Thanks to the many women who volunteered and attended. A special thank you to Mary Helen Baum for leading the service, and the Programming Committee for all the planning.


SISTERHOOD SHABBAT SERVICE Friday May 21, 2010 7:30 p.m.

Submitted by Deb Tedeschi, WRJ Corresponding Secretary

SISTERHOOD BULB SALE IS UNDERWAY! The 57th annual Tree of Life Congregation Sisterhood Holland Bulb Sale is underway with top quality # 1 selected bulbs that are guaranteed to bloom. The Tree of Life Sisterhood has been selling Holland bulbs since 1954. Blooms from the Sisterhood grace many personal gardens, patios, and various businesses across the Midlands and all the Carolinas since mail order is available. Many different varieties are available and prices vary. Even if you live in an apartment, bulbs grow beautifully in containers. They also make lovely gifts that last for a long time. Orders should be placed by May 30, 2010 to ensure delivery by mid-October. Anyone ordering more that $30 and received by May 15th will receive a free gift of five Van Elk Darwin Hybrid Tulips. Proceeds help support the Sisterhood’s many community efforts. Please see the order form in the newsletter. For more information call Cheri Alexander at 803/530-4307 or email [email protected] The order form as well as photos of the flowers can also be found at http:// or emailed to you upon request.


TOL BUCKS BACK PROGRAM Spring has sprung, and we earned a little over $100 from our April Bucks Back program with The Great Lakes Scrip Center. Thanks to those families who participated. Our next Bucks Back order deadline is Monday, May 10th. See the new retailers, specials, and permanent rate changes below! All checks need to be in the Temple office by noon. Order forms are outside the Temple office. Orders will be available for pick-up by Friday, May 14th. NEW RETAILERS Journeys is a new retailer to the program and is offering a 10% return on a $25 card. • H&M has $25 gift cards with a 5% non-profit contribution rate. • Neiman Marcus has joined the program and is offering a 12% return. • Omni Hotels are now available with an 8% return. •

SPECIAL DEALS Red Robin® 11% (until 5/7/10) • Bath and Body Works 18% (until 5/7/10) • Home Depot 5% (until 5/17/10) • Shutterfly 14% (until 5/14/10) • Ruth Chris Steak House 11% (until 5/28/10) • Fashion Bug 8% (until 6/4/10) •

CONTRIBUTION RATE CHANGES • Dominoes 8% • Land's End 16% • Shell 2.5% • American Eagle Outfitters 10%

Remember to mark your calendars for the 2010 Bucks Back Program. The deadline to order is the second Monday of each month. Order forms are available outside the temple office. Summer order deadlines: June 14 … July 12 … August 9, 2010.

Thanks again for your support!


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June 4, July 2 & August 6, 2010 6:15 p.m. Picnic Supper 7:00 p.m. Family Service Please join us this summer on the first Friday of the month in June, July, and August for a special Shabbat dinner and service as we enjoy a casual summer Sabbath Eve. We will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a picnic dinner. Bring your own meal – the Temple will provide challah and beverages, along with plates and flatware. Afterwards we will have a more informal Family Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. and followed by an Oneg Shabbat. 9

GREEN TEAM UPDATE RECYCLING Our plastic cap collection is growing. We now have bins in both the lobby and the social hall. We appreciate all the contributions. Please do not bring soft lids such as yogurt lids. [email protected]

RAIN GARDEN PROGRESS Our rain garden is ready for visitors! Many thanks to our helpers and for the support from Richland County Conservation Commission!

RAIN GARDEN VOLUNTEERS Hannah Amado Jessica Artz

Jeff Chiesa Lauren Cherney

Jim Manning Reed Moore

Jon Artz

Rita Ruth Cockrell

Mary Nash

Jackie Dickman Babcock Max Babcock

Eric Feuerstein

Brianna Rafferty

Jerry Gibson

Marc Rapport

Melanie Baker

Lois Gibson

Simi Rodgers

Daniel Bannister

Lucy Gordon

Rebecca Rozell

Agnes Barroll

Hannah Greenhouse

Jeff Selig

Kristi Bell

Ryan Harmon

Bethany Smith

Bob Bishop

Joe Hodson

Brad Smith

David Blue

Carolyn Hudson

Billy Strauss

Robert Bowen

Emily Kerner

Maggie Workman

Sarah Brotman

Ben Kline

Andy Volin

David Carr

Peter Kline

Michael Wheeler

Elena Carr

James Manning

Valerie Wheeler

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Dee Albritton Tree Service

Demitris Gilmore

Gills Creek Watershed Association

Ed Hertz

Michaelis Mattress

Joel Hudson

Mill Creek Nursery - Lori Watson & Charlie Ryan

Bob Murphy

Richland County Conservation Comm.- Jim Wilson

Christine Murphy

Town of Arcadia Lakes

Ryan Nevius

Kimberly Bannister

Elliott Powell

Larry Cooke

Rabbi Daniel Sherman

Linda Frederico

Risa Strauss

Daniela Friedman

John Torrence



MEMBER NEWS CONDOLENCES TO Marc Rapport & family on the loss of his uncle, Bill Rapport

HONOR ROLL We salute and thank our wonderful volunteers! Office – Mary Helen Baum, Sandy Hertz Hospital Calls – Sandy Hertz Library – Alvin Steingold

REFUAH SHLEIMA Get well wishes to TOL members recently hospitalized or at home recovering: Hal Birch, Dan Davis, Khaya Dobrushkina, Ron Garber, Sandy Hertz, Ann Krauss, and David Wallace

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS Amanda & William Hamilton Ben M. Lipton

MAY BIRTHDAYS Spencer Amado Hal Birch Ruby Harris Claudia Reyner David Greenhouse Ron Prinz Sara Wheeler Aaron Goldenfield Amanda Hamilton Jon Leader Shannon Jolles Feliks Rabinovich Rachelle Blackmon Marissa Silver Lauren Youngstedt Lauren Cherney Stan Gomberg Joshua Mitchell Pamela Weiss Sally Langer Barry Bornstein Mollie Crawford Karoleena Rodgers

May 1 May 1 May 1 May 1 May 2 May 2 May 2 May 3 May 3 May 3 May 4 May 4 May 5 May 5 May 5 May 6 May 6 May 6 May 6 May 8 May 9 May 9 May 9

Deborah Salzberg Lola Thompson Lindsey Bennett Elena Carr Fred Davidson Caryn Helman Julia Youngstedt Stephen Friedman Alan Geers Myrna Cohen Jane Friedman Beth Helman Ken Nelson Alan Conway Matthew Marcus Rabbi Daniel Sherman Bethany Smith Andy Volin Jack Selbiger Sydney Feirstein Jacob Cohen Irina Plotkin Stuart Goodwin

May 9 May 9 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 10 May 11 May 11 May 12 May 12 May 12 May 12 May 13 May 13 May 13 May 13 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 16 May 17

William Blocker Marcia Geers Jake Moses Michael Ehmke Jenny Savitz Smith Hyman Rubin, Jr. Shai Sherman Kim Rabinovich Yuriy Veytskin William G. Wheeler Owen Elkins Myra Nelson Helene Selbiger Adam Volin Jack Rubin Erin Fisher Bill Gabali Alissa Vertes Lauren Schwartz Richard Cohn Benjy Strauss Frank Volin

May 18 May 18 May 18 May 19 May 19 May 20 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 22 May 24 May 24, May 24 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 29 May 29 May 30 May 31 May 31 May 31

MAY ANNIVERSARIES Jill & David Carr Booty & Henry Bedinger Pam & Eric Feuerstein Retha & Ross Lynch Susan & Ron Prinz Helene & Jack Selbiger Laney & Keven Cohen Belinda & Richard Gergel Jessica & Jonathan Artz

May 6 May 8 May 10 May 15 May 16 May 18 May 19 May 19 May 20

Risa & Billy Strauss Marilyn & Ian Picow Amanda & Bill Hamilton Barbara & Shahram Novinbakht Henrietta & Mannie Farber Lisa & Scott Kaplan Charlene & Barry Bernstein Helga & Steve Cohen


May 20 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 28 May 28 May 29 May 29



Thursday, May 6, 2010 The Columbia Marriott Hotel Columbia State of Israel Bonds will hold its 2010 Columbia Community Tribute Reception on Thursday evening, May 6, 2010 beginning with a dessert reception at 7:00 p.m. The event is honoring Heidi and David Lovit, as recipients of the State of Israel’s Gates of Jerusalem Award. Joshua Matza, President and CEO of State of Israel Bonds, will be in attendance. The speaker will be Dr. Michael Bar-Zohar, distinguished Israeli writer, soldier, and former legislator. For more information, call 800-752-5649 or email [email protected]

JCC JAWS Summer Swim Team

Camp Chaverim is for ages 2 to 8. Weekly camp sessions begin June 7 and run through August 13, 2010. Camp Chaverim offers one of the most exciting camp experiences in Columbia with lots of fun activities. NEW FOR 2010: Camp Chaverim Extreme for ages 9 to 14. For more information, please contact Brenna Sparrow at 803-787-2023 x206 or [email protected]

Mark your calendars for …

JAWS summer swim team is open to swimmers of all levels and abilities who are between the ages of 4 and 18. Children practice on weekday mornings and afternoons, and swim meets are held Monday and Thursday evenings. JAWS is registered with the Columbia Swim League and competes against other local swim teams. This team is coached by certified instructors who also have competitive swim team experience. Our 2009 team finished 5-1 for the season, our most successful season to date. It is programs like this that provide the children of our community with a safe and encouraging atmosphere where they are able to learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship and staying healthy through athletics. For more information contact Shane Whatley at 787.2023 x 306 or email at [email protected] More information is also available at

KIDS GET FIT TRIATHLON May 23, 2010 For all ages Registration Fee $20 on or before May 10, 2010 $25 after May 10, 2010 For more information, please contact Kyle Lambert at the JCC ([email protected] or 803787-2023 ext 309). Also check us out on the web

COLUMBIA ISRAEL DAY FESTIVAL MAY 11 & 13, 2010 Presented by the Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC and Beth Shalom Synagogue

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Israeli Shuk (Marketplace) Featuring Fruit/Vegetable Stand – Piggly Wiggly, El Al Airlines, BBYO, AIPAC, Beth Shalom Gift Shop, Jewish National Fund, JCCA, and Chabad of South Carolina • •

Israel Café at the J – Hummus plate $8.50, Greek Salad $5.75 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Musician Bryan Zive – Live Family Concert

Thursday, May 13, 2010 • 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Matter of Size This award-winning Israel film (Hebrew with English subtitles) is for adults only. Movie tickets are $8 for members and $10 for the community. Movie & popcorn tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the community.

Including a virtual walking tour through Israel. Tickets include concert and dinner. Members: $15 Adults, $10 Children (5 and up) & Seniors Community: $18 Adults, $12 children (5 and up) & Seniors



BIMAH FLOWERS April 2 Ellen & Richard Helman, in memory of Sarah Young Judith Kalb & Alexander Ogden, in memory of Max Kalb Murray Politis, in memory of Esther Politis The Reyner family, in memory of Julius E. Love Howard Weiss, in memory of Julius E. Love April 9 Paul, Karen, & Andrew Beattie, in memory of Ehrma Beattie Marguerite Shugar Brill, in memory of Oscar Brill Susan Brill, in memory of Jack Alion Sandra & Gerald Euster, in memory of Jay J. Duni Meri Gergel and Richard & Belinda Gergel, in memory of Melvin Gergel Joanne Hafter, in memory of Richard Hafter Judith Kalb & Alexander Ogden, in memory of William P. Green Stanton Kessler, in memory of Florette Weitzman Stephen Merlin, in memory of Elsie Turner Samantha Morton & Alvin Steingold, in memory of Ben Steingold Ned & Julie Strauss, in memory of Helen Strauss April 16 Eleanor & Barry Bornstein, in memory of Simon Goldenberg Jennifer & Hans Mykytyn and Matthew Train, in memory of Leo Goldblatt April 23 Rick & Robin Chapman and Wendy Reyner, in memory of Alvin H. Reyner Emmanuel Farber, in memory of Ruth Wilma Farber Steven, Naomi, & Sam Grosby, in memory of Ruth Farber Leon & Doris Garber, in memory of Julius Morris Beth Helman, in memory of Francis Oliver Musarra

May 7 – Leonard Bornstein, Martin Langer, Tessie R. Weinberg*, I. Albert Cohen, Fanny Gindman, Jason Oxhorn, Agatha Wexler, Nachman Grynberg, Sidney Elfman Reyner*, Esther Sutker, Ida Volinsky, Goldie Bardach, Esther Bass*, Sylvia Lefton*, Helen Rudman Polinsky, Harvey Jacobson, Zinoviy Veytskin, Hugo Bruck*, Helen Cohen Donen*, Albert Haegele, Anthony Cypres, Bess L. Kantor*, Dorothy Smith, Oscar Sobel May 14 – Sholim Perchonok, Mike Sullivan, Isadore Rothberg*, Rose Rudnick Rubin*, Susan Craft, Sidney Joseph Friedman, Esther Rotholz, Phyllis Love Silber*, Rose Friedman*, Tillie M. Garber*, Joan Markham Siebert*, Max Dickman*, Samuel H. Pearlstine*, Rita Anbinder, Charles Green*, Gregory Kozlov, Ruth E. Sherman, John Breyer, Trudy Gabali, Milton Hertz*, Fred Levy*, Lilyan Picow* May 21 – Elizabeth Andersen, Sam Posner, Jacob Serbin, George E. Ackerman*, Arnold Sidney Mann*, Jerome Nudelman, Rocco Bellino, Leon Blumberg*, Earl J. Womersley*, Maurice Fischman*, Rachel Hertz*, Sarane Kaplan, George Nathanson, Pauline Watkins Friedman, Jennie S. Levkoff*, Albert Mandell*, Howard Rothman, Michael Rothman, Max Zarek*, Beatrice Zucker, David Hein, Geraldine Musarra May 28 – Nathan Berry*, Arthur H. Bush, Jerry Brandon, Julian H. Hennig, Sr.*, Joe Goldstein*, Kate Bermak*, Sam Bogo*, Louis Herman*, Joel Shugar, Henry Geers, Lela M. Kuntz, Ora Imogene Shivley, Jack Silk, Izrael Anbinder, Mortimer A. Cohen, August Kohn, Sr.*

April 30 Marvin & Gail Bienstock, in memory of Samuel Bienstock Jocelyn & Bob Burg, in memory of David Levin Bessie Garber, in memory of Rebecca Brenner Karen & Mark Goldenfield, in memory of Wilfred B. Atran Annette Goldstein, in memory of Bess Goldstein Gerald & Arline Polinsky, in memory of Anne Wadness Segal Ida Weisberg, in memory of Herbert Weisberg

*name memorialized by a plaque in the sanctuary

ONEG SHABBAT HOSTS May 7, 2010 – Chair: Peter Kline, Jonathan & Jessica Artz, Keith Babcock & Jackie Dickman-Babcock, Melanie & Frank Baker, David & Kim Bannister, Carol Reyner Barnett May 14, 2010 – Parents of Kitah Aleph Students May 21, 2010 – Chair: Daniela Friedman, Joel & Cindy Becker, Dan & Lory Bellino, Lindsey & Matthew Bennett, Marc & Julie Berger, Larry & Susan Bergmann, Barry & Charlene Bernstein

WRJ SHABBAT SERVICE REPS May 7 – Linda Ackerman May 14 – Beth Helman

May 28, 2010 – Chair: Jeannie Rubin, Marvin & Gail Beinstock, Rachelle & David Blackmon, Sam & Lynette Blaiss, Roger & Barbara Blau, Bob & Sherry Blenner, Peter Blue

May 21 – Annette Goldstein May 28 – Melanie Baker


Note: If you are unable to bake or purchase Oneg Shabbat refreshments you may donate $20.00. Homemade goods are always preferable. Checks need to be sent to the temple office two weeks prior to your Oneg Shabbat date. Thank you for your support.

CONTRIBUTIONS We gratefully acknowledge the following thoughtful donations: Building Fund Sandra & Gerald Euster, in memory of Renee Rollins General Fund Betty & Mike Cooper, in memory of Eugene Korash Bobby & Gail Ginsberg, in memory of Renee Rollins Marcia & Ron Gordenstein, in memory of Clara Levin Shelley & Rob Kriegshaber, in memory of Renee Rollins Frances & Philip Levin, in memory of Renee Rollins Leah Meador Hans & Jennifer Mykytyn, in memory of Renee Rollins Penni & Larry Nadel, in memory of Renee Rollins Harriet Posner, thank you to Ruth & Rabbi Marcus for being my friend & mentor throughout the years Harriet Posner, in memory of Renee Rollins Harriet Posner, wishing Ruth Marcus a speedy return to good heath Jeannie & Hyman Rubin, Jr., in memory of Renee Rollins Karen & David Schwartz, in memory of Rhonda Brandon & in memory of Richard Shivley Sandi & Bob Schulman, in memory of Renee Rollins Ellen & Fred Seidenberg, in memory of Renee Rollins Diane & Bill Siegendorf, with best wishes for a successful Big Nosh

Religious School’s Neil Cartiff Memorial Fund Marguerite Brill, Congratulations to Ned & Julie Strauss on the engagement of their daughter Sarah to Brian Sisterhood Courtesy Fund Abe & Rhea Stern, in memory of Howard Weiss’ sister, Renee Rollins Barry & Eleanor Bornstein, in memory of Renee Rollins Bruce & Barbara Becker, Mazal Tov to Myrna & Richard Cohen on your daughter, Melissa Himmelman, receiving her Doctorate in Audiology Cheri & Allen Alexander, in memory of Sam Friedman Sisterhood Reyner Convention Fund Carol Barnett, in honor of the birthday of Heather Weiss Carol Barnett, in honor of the birthday of Aileen Sunshine Youth Activities Fund Myrna & Richard Cohen, in honor of our daughter, Melissa Himmelman, who received her Doctor of Audiology degree


High Holy Day Prayerbook Fred & Irene Fields, in memory of Renee Rollins Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund John & Marcie Baker, in memory of Renee Rollins Bob & Sherri Blenner, in memory of Renee Rollins Marguerite Brill, in memory of Oscar Brill Marguerite Brill, in appreciation of Rabbi Sherman Deborah Korash, in loving memory of Eugene Korash Nathan Picow, Mazel Tov to Julie & Ned Strauss on the engagement of Sarah to Brian Harriet Posner, in appreciation Wendy Reyner and Robin & Rick Chapman, in memory of Renee Rollins Tree of Life Sisterhood, in memory of Charlotte Steingold

REMEMBERING NEIL CARTIFF We will remember our friend and teacher Neil Cartiff as we dedicate a plaque in memory of him in the sanctuary at services on Friday, May 28, 2010. There will also be an unveiling at Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery on Sunday, May 30. 14

May 2010 Sun















Brotherhood Trek

6:45pm KIDZ Shabbat

4:00-7:00pm Arcadia Lakes Picnic

7:30pm Shabbat Service & Dedication of Jonathan Train Youth Lounge

9 Mother’s Day 10



13 Newsletter Deadline For June

TOL Annual Meeting 7:30 p.m.




19 Eve of Shavuot


14 7:30pm Shabbat Service with Kitah Aleph Students


Shavuot (Temple Closed)


Last day of Religious School classes





7:00pm Sisterhood Board Meeting



15 10:30am Sydney Feirstein Bat Mitzvah


7:30pm Sisterhood Shabbat & Installation

7:00pm Confirmation Service


10:00am Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study



7:30pm Shabbat Service



Memorial Day (Temple Closed)

4 6:15pm Picnic Supper 7:00pm Family Service



Tree of Life Congregation 6719 North Trenholm Road Columbia, SC 29206



DIRECTORY TREE OF LIFE CONGREGATION Established 1896 6719 North Trenholm Road Columbia, SC 29206 Office: (803) 787-2182 Fax: (803) 787-0309 Website: Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday 8:30 am – 4 p.m. Closed daily 12 noon – 1 p.m.

RABBI Daniel M. Sherman [email protected]

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Endowment………………………………….…Ned Strauss Finance………………………………...………..Peter Kline Fundraising…………………………...…….G. Todd Weiss House & Ground………………..………….…..Andy Volin Membership…………………...……………...Laney Cohen Outreach…………………………………....Debra Tedeschi Religious School Board………………...….Debra Stombler Ritual…………………………….……….…...Terry Garber Security……………..…………………….……………….. Social Action………………………………………………. Temple Youth Group……………………….…..Bill Strauss


[email protected]

OFFICERS PRESIDENT………….…………………………….…….Jeff Selig [email protected] 1ST VICE PRESIDENT…………..……………...Annette Goldstein 2ND VICE PRESIDENT………….………………..…….Ilene King TREASURER………………………..………..….....Howard Weiss SECRETARY…………………………..…...….........Jackie Michel AFFILIATES IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT………………….....Amy Scully Brotherhood President………………………….Brad Smith Sisterhood President..………..……….….Daniela Friedman COFTY President…………………….…..Shayna Bannister BOARD MEMBERS Michelle Bowen Scott Kaplan Julie Strauss TOL NEWSLETTER Laney Cohen Donna Magaro Debra Tedeschi Design...…..……………………………….Morgan Sherman Richard Cohen Joy Parks Andy Volin Proofreader……..………………..…………....Marc Rapport Richard H. Cohn Arline Polinsky Paul Westfall TEMPLE STAFF Deborah Greenhouse Marc Rapport Office Manager……………………………...Linda Frederico Custodian………………..…………..….....Demitris Gilmore LIFETIME BOARD MEMBERS TEMPLE MUSICIANS Bernard Fleischman, Jr., Music Director……………………...…...…Sharon Witherell Stephen Savitz, Music Director Emeritus………………......…Jackie McNeill Howard Weiss


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