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AUGUST 2010 / AV ­ ELUL, 5770



Friday, August 6 6:15 p.m. Picnic Supper 7:00 p.m. Family Service for Shabbat Torah Reading: Re'eih, Deut. 11:26-16:17 Friday, August 13 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Eve Service Torah Reading: Shofetim, Deut. 16:18 ­ 21:9 Saturday, August 14 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study Friday, August 20 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Eve Service Torah Reading: Ki Teitzei, Deut. 21:10 ­ 25:19 Saturday, August 21 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Bar Mitzvah Service of Julien Katz Friday, August 27 Welcome Back Shabbat! 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Eve Service & Ice Cream Social at Oneg Shabbat Torah Reading: Ki Tavo, Deut. 26:1 ­ 29:8 Friday, Sept. 3 6:15 p.m. Picnic Supper 7:00 p.m. Family Service for Shabbat Torah Reading: Nitzavim-Vayeilech, Deut. 29:9 ­ 31:30 Saturday, Sept. 4 Selichot 8:30 p.m. Coffee and Dessert Reception 9:00 p.m. Havdalah and Selichot Service

Enjoy the last month of summer!

For all of our students, welcome back to school! We hope you have a wonderful year of learning and growth. We hope to see everyone at our Welcome Back Shabbat and Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 27! Please see important High Holy Day information on pages 8-9 inside!


Temple News From the Rabbi Religious School Green Team & Social Action Updates High Holy Day Information Member News Community News Yahrzeits & Bimah Flowers Contributions Brotherhood Report Calendar of Events 2 3 4, 5, & 6 7 8&9 11 12 13 14 14 15



Seeds of Hope Farmer's Market



August 6 and September 3, 2010 6:15 p.m. Picnic Supper 7:00 p.m. Family Service

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010 8am ­ 12noon in the TOL parking lot Farmer Louis Reid offers a large variety of fresh garden veggies and fruit from his farm. Come early for best selection! Volunteers are needed to help out ­ please contact Risa Strauss!

Please join us on the first Friday of the month in August and September (Labor Day weekend) 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.

All are invited bring the whole family!


Please join us for our annual Thank you to all of our TOL families who have participated in the Bucks Back Program. We have continued to raise money for our Temple is this simple and easy-to-use way. OUR NEXT BUCKS BACK ORDER DEADLINE IS Friday, August 27 Shabbat Services at 7:30 followed by ice cream fun at the Oneg Shabbat!

Now that the school year has begun, we want to welcome back all of our students. We also welcome our new Tree of Life family members.

Welcome Back Shabbat & New Member Ice Cream Social!

MONDAY, AUGUST 9. Go to to see the complete list of retailers and special offers. Pay online or by check. All checks need to be in the Temple office by noon on Monday. Order forms are outside the Temple office. Orders should be available for pick-up by Friday, August 13. Thanks again for your support!

Please join us for a special night at Temple!

Seeds of Hope volunteer Rick Mendel help a customer.




By Rabbi Daniel M. Sherman

August is here, which means a few things. The end of the summer is in sight ­ therefore, we have only one more month to work on that summer project list. For our students, the start of school is around the corner. It's time to go out and buy school supplies and finish those summer reading assignments. It's been a hot summer, and, most likely, it's about to get hotter. It's time to squeeze in those last summer excursions and visits. I have enjoyed the summer. The highlight for me is that Morgan, Shai, Janna, and I have been able to spend some quality time with our family. Over the course of two trips, we were able to see most of our mishpacha. We are thrilled that my brother Rabbi Aaron Sherman, sister-inlaw Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, and nephew Eli have settled into Charleston. Rabbi Alexander is the new rabbi at K.K. Beth Elohim, our sister Reform congregation in Charleston. It will be nice having them so close. I want to thank everyone who has volunteered at our Seeds of Hope Farmer's Market this summer. I think it is a great project that we are involved with. It could not happen, though, without all of our congregants (of many ages) who have spent Thursday mornings here (often in the hot sun) greeting customers and selling produce. I am thrilled to hear so many wonderful stories about our TOL kids who have spent time at Jewish summer camps this year. We were able to send kids this year to three URJ camps: our regional Camp Coleman, Six Points Sports Academy, as well as the high school leadership Kutz Camp. It sounds like everyone had an incredible experience. I am a big advocate of Jewish camps, having grown up attending my regional URJ camp every summer and working as a counselor and staff member throughout college and rabbinic school. Camp gives our kids the opportunity to surround themselves in an exciting and safe Jewish environment, meeting other Jewish kids their age and increasing their Judaic knowledge and strengthening their Jewish identities. I hope next year that we will send even more of our TOL students to our Reform Movement's camps. Thank you to everyone who has contributed over the past year to our Youth Activities Fund: your generosity helped get our kids to camp this summer. I hope we can count on your continued support. I have begun conducting a Kabbalat Shabbat service at Wildewood Downs on the first Friday of every month. It has given me a chance to reach out to some of our seniors in the community. Please make sure that all of our TOL family members who are there are aware of the service: I look forward to spending more time with you. Also, many have mentioned that they would like to come to Temple more often but are in need of a ride: both for Friday evening services and other Temple activities. If you are interested in providing a ride to Temple, please let me know. We are getting excited at Temple about the beginning of a new school year. Risa has been hard at work preparing our teachers, students, and building for a wonderful year. I hope our students are brushing up on their Hebrew and getting ready for a fantastic year. I also want to thank Risa for twice leading Shabbat services in my absence this summer. This year the arrival of August means something more. It is really time to begin to prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days. August 11 is the first day of the month of Elul: the month preceding Rosh HaShanah. It is time to get ready for the beginning of the New Year. Please take some time preparing yourselves for these Days of Awe. Yes, that can mean writing L'shanah Tovah cards and purchasing new outfits to wear to Temple. But even more importantly, spend some time reflecting on this year and making plans for the year about to begin. The more you put into the High Holy Days, the more you will get out of them. Please put the Selichot Service on Saturday, Sept. 4 on your calendars. The purpose of this beautiful service is to help get us in the mood for the holidays. It can be very helpful in our personal preparation for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. 5771 will be here before you know it. Beyond the High Holy Days, I am also excited about a very special event next month. TOL will be participating in the Forest Acres-Building Green Together Festival on Sept. 25 and working on a special Habitat for Humanity house on Sept. 26. We are joining with our neighboring congregations and community to make this happen. We need your support. We have to raise $2,500 as our pledge to the project ­ therefore we need your contributions of any amount. Please drop off or send your check to the Temple office as soon as possible. We will also need lots of volunteers and workers. Thank you to Ilene King, our Social Action chair, and Brad Smith, Brotherhood President, for coordinating the Temple's participation in this neighborhood activity. Have a wonderful last month of summer ­ I look forward to seeing you at Temple!




By Risa Strauss

Every house has a drawer. You know, the drawer in the kitchen that usually becomes a catch-all for items that can't seem to find a home anywhere else. It's almost always stuffed, packed with tidbits of daily living. But we all know how magical these drawers really are. These random artifacts are interconnected, providing a window into the story of the family in whose home they exist. There are the extra water balloons from a 5th grade birthday, the house keys from two moves ago, as well as assortments of batteries, nails, screws and metal parts from objects that were tossed or repurposed years earlier. If you dig deep, you find pieces from toys and games thought to be lost forever and, of course, if you live in my house, there is the labyrinth of rubber bands in all shapes and sizes and colors that no home should be without. In our domicile, there is also another drawer. It is stuffed beyond capacity, its contents shmushing up against the edges of the shaky metal track. This is our "kippah drawer." It is filled with a record of our own personal Jewish history. The treasures inside this special drawer represent the joys and the sorrows, the yearnings, traditions and creativity of our life as a Jewish family. The origins and specific rules about the wearing of a kippah (Hebrew) or yarmulke (Yiddish) are somewhat vague. The kippah is a well-known symbol of Jewish religiosity. It is worn by some Jewish men and women as a sign of respect and observance. However, wearing a kippah is in actuality a custom and not a Jewish law. In the Talmud it is written that the purpose of wearing a head covering is to remind us of God, who is the Higher Authority "above us" (Kiddushin 31a). However, it is not mandated in either the Torah or the Talmud that a Jewish male or female must wear a head covering. Many of us find it easy and natural to wear a kippah in the synagogue or at a Jewish lifecycle event: out of a personal respect for God and a connection to our history and people. Among Orthodox Jews, the kippah and other various types of male head coverings are almost always worn all the time and reflect the different movements and beliefs within Orthodoxy. At Tree of Life, there is a wooden box at the entrance to the sanctuary that is filled to the brim with kippot remembering various simchas and observances that have occurred in our congregation. If you place your hand inside the "kippah drawer" in my house, you would feel the cool silk of the shiny kippot, the grooves of the leather kippot and the scratchy wool of the kippot that were lovingly knitted by a beloved aunt or grandma. There are thin kippot, beaded kippot, and the so very soft velvety kippot. True justice in describing these kippot cannot be accomplished, however, until the drawer is actually spilled on to the table. And then, the value of the "kippah drawer" can be better understood. There are yellow, blue, green, black, white, brown, orange, lavender, magenta and carnation pink kippot ­ all trying to express diversity through an assortment of colors and sizes. There are kippot with buttons on top, those with trim on the bottom, and kippot with Jewish stars, palm trees, baseballs, basketballs and g-clefs. Some kippot have words on them like: Jerusalem, Israel, and "Go Mets!" Some kippot have first names woven into the circles of the embroidery, clips to stay in your hair, are decorated with Hebrew letters or are thin and white and colored with "sharpies" from a Religious School project long ago. The beginning of a story is told by the face of each kippah. Fuchsia-covered heads in a sanctuary ­ could mean a Bat Mitzvah service or a daughter's baby-naming. White kippot ­ could be from a wedding or a High Holiday service. Black kippot ­ could denote a funeral. The outer design can tell us if you've just returned from Israel or are a sports fan, a music lover or a Carolina girl. The rest of the story is found on the inside of the kippah. The tradition to lovingly emboss names, dates and events on so many of our kippot has provided my family with an instant timeline and record of our lives in the Jewish communities that we have lived. In our drawer the kippot span five decades, represent seven synagogues, one JCC and two countries, and remember every possible Jewish life cycle event between birth and death as well as numerous holidays and observances. Each name brings a smile to my face and a warm, wonderful memory. Our "kippah drawer," a truly magical place with many stories to tell, helps my family to celebrate our heritage and traditions, connects us to our Jewish life past, present and future and helps us to remember our ties to Am Yisrael, the Jewish people. Like understanding the contents of the "kippah drawer," we strive at Tree of Life Religious School to bring relevancy to all things Jewish, to make history come alive and to use our Jewish past as a bridge to our Jewish future. Creating common links and bonds between our children and their families helps to build a strong Jewish community with strong Jewish leaders and values. A Religious School Open House will be held on September 1 and the Religious School Opening Day will be Sunday, Sept. 12. Our entire Religious School staff looks forward to being a part of you and your child's Jewish celebrtions, observances and education.



Tree of Life Religious School would like to officially welcome Kim Moses as our new Religious School Board chairperson. Kim, a teacher in Richland School District 2, is married to Sam, and together they are the proud parents of two children, Harrison and Jake. We are looking forward to a wonderful year, filled with creativity and enthusiasm. Kim, "behatzlacha ­ good luck" on this new position and thank you for all of your energy and efforts. Many of our TOL students are still in various Jewish summer camps around the country. Todah Rabah for the pictures and letters you have sent us. We know that you are all enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime! Alex Bernstein, a 10-year-old rising 5th grader who attended the URJ's new Six Points Sports Academy in Greensboro, N.C., shared these few words with us: "6 Points Sports Academy was awesome. My major was basketball, and I am so much better now that I beat my dad in our first game when I got home. It was neat being with other Jewish kids going through this. I want to go again next year!" It is great to know that Alex enjoyed every minute of this special sleep-away Jewish camp experience. Thank you, as well, to all those who have volunteered for the Seeds of Hope Farmers Market on Thursdays and/or collected and sorted donations for the Cooperative Ministry School Supply Drive. Helping others through social action is a wonderful way to participate in tikkun olam (the repair of the world) ­ one step at a time. Volunteers are still needed for the farmer's market through the middle of August. As always, the month of August brings with it the waning days of summer and the beginning of the secular academic calendar. At TOL, we too are getting ready for the fall and the new school year with activities, teacher meetings and much, much more! Religious School registration packets will be in the mail and on-line during the beginning of August. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call or send me an e-mail. Remember, TOL accepts students for its Sunday program from 3-year-old pre-schoolers through 10th grade. We wish all of our students a special "yasher koach" as they embark on the 2010-2011 school year and would like to honor them at a special "Back to School Shabbat" followed by our new member ice-cream social on Friday evening, Aug. 27.

IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DATES IN AUGUST 8/16: 8/17: 8/21: Hebrew Teacher Meeting, 6-8 p.m. Assistant Teachers (Madrichim) meeting, 5:30-7 p.m. Bar Mitzvah of Julien Katz at 10 a.m. Mazal Tov to Julien and the entire Katz Family 8/22: 8/24: 8/27: 8/27-29: 8/29: 9/01: Nursery - 4th Grade Teachers Meeting, time to be announced Grade 5-9 Teachers Meeting, 6-8 p.m. New Member Ice-cream Social and Back to School Shabbat, 7:30 p.m. NFTY Leadership Training Kallah "Apples, Berries, Nuts and Cherries: Falling into the Fall Holidays" ­ a "hands-on" activity for children pre-K through Grade 1 and their families. 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Religious School Open House, 7 p.m.



JULIEN AYDAN KATZ Julien is the son of Gregory and Cyndi Katz and is the younger brother of Erin. Julien and his family moved to Columbia from Pennsylvania three years ago. He will be an 8th grader at Irmo Middle School this year. Julien enjoys playing guitar and singing in Hebrew, and he plays both the trombone and saxophone in his school band. Julien also practices karate. For his mitzvah project, Julien has been working at Harvest Hope Food Bank. As his father and grandfathers before him our son, Julien Aydan will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah Saturday, the twenty-first of August Two thousand and ten at ten o'clock in the morning Tree of Life Congregation Columbia, South Carolina Please join us in worship and for a Kiddush luncheon following the service Cyndi and Greg Katz

Apples, Berries, Nuts and Cherries Falling into the "Fall Holidays"

A Hands-on Activity for Children in pre-K through Grade 1 & their Families

When: Sunday, August 29 from 11:00a.m. ­ 12:30p.m. Where: Tree of Life Congregation Details: Come and enjoy a fun and educational program that explores the sights, sounds and smells of the Jewish Fall Holidays. A light lunch and refreshments that relate to our holiday celebrations and observances will be provided. A wonderful opportunity to see familiar faces and meet some new friends!


For Religious School Students and Parents Call to sign up today! Contact Risa at 787-2182 to schedule your time. Get the personalized attention that you need to succeed!

RSVP by Friday, August 27 to Risa at 787-2182

Thank you to all the families who dropped off and sorted school supplies for the Cooperative Ministry School Supply Drive.



Contact the Green Team at [email protected]

DATES TO REMEMBER Sept. 25 ­ Green Building Fair: We will have a table in conjunction with the Social Action Committee and will be offering tours of the rain garden.

COMPOSTING In fall the Brotherhood and Green Team will start composting yard waste. Watch the newsletter for more details.

Sept. 26 ­ We will join members of Beth Shalom to work SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP CONSERVE on the green Habitat for Humanity house. The house will Choose eco-friendly packaging: Look at and think about packaging before you buy ­ choose products that are be constructed in the Forest Lake Presbyterian Church made of recycled content, can be re-used or recycled, parking lot and then moved to a permanent location. and are energy efficient to manufacture and transport. Nov. 21 ­ We will have a planting day in the rain garden. Now You're Really Cookin': Use the right-size pot on your burners. You'll save energy and save about $36 annually for an electric range or $18 for gas. RECYCLING Get Out of Hot Water: Turn your hot water heater down We are excited to announce that Tree of Life is getting by just ten degrees and knock off three to five percent regular pick up of recyclable materials. Ronnie Yandle from your power bill. Garbage Service is donating this service to us. We will Pay Your Bills Online: Eliminating your paper trail by soon place a container in the social hall for aluminum banking and paying bills online does more than save cans and small plastic bottles. We will also be able to trees. It also helps reduce fuel consumption by the recycle steel cans, cardboard, magazines, and newspapers trucks and planes that transport paper checks. If every in bins that Arcadia Lakes is providing. We need to make U.S. home viewed and paid its bills online, the switch sure that there is NO GLASS in the bins. Thanks to would cut solid waste by 1.6 billion tons a year and Ronnie and the Town. curb greenhouse-gas emissions by 2.1 million tons a year. Thanks also to Demitris Gilmore who has been watering the rain garden on extremely hot days.


FOREST ACRES ­ BUILDING GREEN TOGETHER SEE THE DISPLAY AND DONATION JAR IN THE FOYER! The Forest Acres and Habitat Green Building Project and Festival that will take place this September has a new name: Forest Acres-Building Green Together. The name reflects the broad participation of area congregations, green businesses, non-profits, Habitat for Humanity, and the town of Forest Acres. Several TOL members have been participating in the weekly planning meetings at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. Each participating congregation has made a monetary contribution to build a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Habitat home, a first of its kind in the Midlands. The TOL Board has authorized a pledge of $2,500. We need your support to meet our pledge. Letters will be going out asking for your contributions and a donation jar has now been set up in the TOL foyer along with an informative display. Please donate! All contributions are welcome and should be designated for the Habitat Project. To volunteer to help build the house or with food, contact Brad Smith at [email protected] To volunteer for a committee or for more information, contact Ilene King at [email protected]



TICKET POLICY: All Temple members "in good standing" financially are entitled to High Holy Day seating. This applies also to their immediate dependent children. "In good standing financially" means that all membership pledges, Religious School tuition, and other such financial obligations from all prior years are paid in full. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Finance Committee. Out-of-town guests who are members of other synagogues may receive reciprocal High Holy Day passes. Tree of Life members may also make arrangements for family members who live outside of Columbia (a contribution to the Temple is suggested). All college students and military basic trainees are, of course, welcome and encouraged to attend at no cost. Please contact the Temple office to make arrangements. All persons not covered under any of the preceding conditions must purchase a High Holy Day pass. For residents of greater Columbia, High Holy Day passes will be available only for the first year. For all other ticket questions, please contact the Temple office. HIGH HOLY DAY CHOIR: We are very fortunate at Tree of Life to have such a wonderful High Holy Day Choir under the direction of our Music Director, Sharon Witherell. The choir will begin rehearsing this month. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Sharon ([email protected]) or call the Temple office. All rehearsals will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the following days: Thursday, Aug. 12 Tuesday, Aug. 17 Thursday, Aug.19 Tuesday, Aug. 24 Thursday, Aug. 26 Tuesday, Aug. 31 Thursday, Sept. 1 Tuesday, Sept. 7 Tuesday, Sept. 14 Thursday, Sept. 16 BRING YOUR OWN SHOFAR: Do you have a shofar? Do you know how to blow it? Would you like to participate in the High Holy Day Services? If yes, then we invite you be a part of the final tekiah at the conclusion of the Rosh HaShanah morning service. If interested, please contact Rabbi Sherman. There will be a meeting to rehearse this part of the service. TASHLICH: This short ceremony takes place at a natural body of water on Rosh HaShanah afternoon. We will meet at 3:45 p.m. (following the conclusion of the RH Family Service) in front of the Temple and walk altogether across Trenholm Road to Cary Lake. Through tashlich, we attempt to rid ourselves of sin by symbolically casting our sins into the water. Bring some bread to throw into the water and join us for this Rosh HaShanah tradition. KEVER AVOT: This is our annual pilgrimage to the cemetery, fulfilling the tradition of visiting the graves of loved ones during the High Holy Days. This short service is held on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. This year we will meet at the Hebrew Benevolent Society cemetery on Sunday, September 12 at 1:00 p.m. for our memorial service.


Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 Tree of Life Congregation 8:30 p.m. Coffee & Dessert Reception 9:00 p.m. Havdalah and Selichot Service

On the Saturday evening before Rosh HaShanah, we gather together for a very special service to help us prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days. The service is called "Selichot," named for our prayers for forgiveness that we begin to offer at this time. The Selichot service introduces us to the themes, liturgy, and music of our Yamim Nora'im (the Days of Awe), thus helping us to get ready for this most holy and important time of year. Once again, Tree of Life Congregation and Beth Shalom Synagogue will join together for this special evening, to be hosted by TOL. We will begin at 8:30 p.m. with coffee and dessert in the Reyner Family Social Hall. At 9:00 p.m. we will make Havdalah, marking the end of the Sabbath day, before we enter the sanctuary for our Selichot service. Selichot is a wonderful way to prepare for the High Holy Days. We hope that you will join us for this special evening.


Childcare for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Services is available by reservation. Please call the Temple office at 787-2182 or email Risa at [email protected] to secure a spot for your infant through third grader. Please make all arrangements by September 1 so that we may provide proper coverage! Childcare will be available for the following services: Rosh HaShanah evening, and morning; Yom Kippur evening, morning, and afternoon through concluding services. Donations are accepted to offset our childcare costs. Any questions or concerns, please call Risa Strauss. L'shanah Tovah!




8:00 p.m.


Rosh HaShanah Evening Service

Tree of Life Break the Fast

Immediately following the Yom Kippur Concluding Service Reyner Family Social Hall Members and Guests Welcome No Charge RSVP REQUIRED by September 3, 2010 787-2182 or mail to: [email protected]

Thursday, Sept. 9

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m.


Rosh HaShanah Morning Service Young Children Service Youth Service for Grades 1-4 Family Service Tashlich (meet in front of TOL)

Friday, Sept. 10

7:30 p.m.


Shabbat Eve Service

Sunday, Sept. 12

1:00 p.m.

KEVER AVOT Memorial Service

At Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery

Friday, Sept. 17

8:00 p.m.


Yom Kippur Evening/Kol Nidre Service

Saturday, Sept. 18

10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.


Yom Kippur Morning Service Shiur/Study Session with Rabbi Sherman Family Service Afternoon Service Yizkor & Neilah Services followed by Break-The-Fast


This completed form and check for $8.00 per name must be RECEIVED by the temple office no later than September 1, 2010. Names that are currently memorialized on a plaque in our sanctuary will automatically be included.

NAME(S) (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY) DATE OF YAHRZEIT - REQUIRED (month & day) ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________

_____________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________

(please attach additional sheet if more space is necessary) Please check one: I prefer J Hebrew dates J English dates. Submitted by (please PRINT clearly): ________________________________________ Mail with your check to: Book of Memory Tree of Life Congregation 6719 North Trenholm Road Columbia, SC 29206



Please mark you calendars for these important dates: Tuesday, Sept. 21 Sukkah Decorating Party 4:30 ­ 6:00 p.m. -- Come help to decorate our Sukkah for this festive holiday. Pizza and drinks will be provided. First Night of Sukkot 6:00 p.m. -- Picnic Dinner in the Sukkah: Each family will bring its own dinner and come and eat in the beautiful Temple Sukkah. 7:00 p.m. -- Sukkot Festival Service in the Sukkah First Day of Sukkot (Temple office is closed) Shabbat Chol HaMoeid Sukkot 7:30 p.m. -- Special Shabbat Service including our Ceremony of Consecration Sukkot Steak Dinner 6 ­ 9:00 p.m. -- Hosted and prepared by the TOL Brotherhood, the entire congregation is invited to a delicious steak dinner in the Sukkah. Reservations are required. Erev Simchat Torah 7:00 p.m. -- Simchat Torah Service: Join us for one of the most festive and fun nights at Temple! We will dance around the sanctuary with our Torah Scrolls, as we complete the reading of Deuteronomy and immediately begin again with Genesis.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Thursday, Sept. 23 Friday, Sept. 24

Saturday, Sept. 25

Wednesday, Sept. 29

LULAV & ETROG SETS: If you are interested in purchasing your very own Lulav & Etrog, please contact the Temple office. Quality sets are available for $36. All orders must be placed by Friday, August 13, 2010.


Tree of Life is proud to present, for three performances only,

"An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein"

performed by MBF Productions. Performances of this Adult Comedy will be held: · Thursday, November 4th at 8:00 p.m. · Saturday, November 6th will be a dinner theater, with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. and the play beginning at 8:00 p.m. · Sunday, November 7th a 3:00 p.m. Matinee. For more information about the play or about trying out for a part, visit Tree of Life will begin taking reservations starting Wednesday, September 1st. More details on reservations may be found on the Temple website starting September 1st. 10


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MAZEL TOV TO HONOR ROLL Stuart & Marion Goodwin, on the birth of their We salute and thank our wonderful volunteers! granddaughter Lucy Jane Goodwin Office ­ Mary Helen Baum, Sandy Hertz Hospital Calls ­Sandy Hertz Beth & Ron Maris, on the marriage of their daughter Gabi to Ilan Sondheimer CONDOLENCES TO Great-Grandmother Annabelle Mischner and · Booty Bedinger, on the loss of her husband Grandparents Michael and Marlene Mischner Henry Bedinger on the recent birth of Jack Harold Mischner to · Fred & Doris Davidson and Laney & Keven parents Russ and Meredith Mischner of Atlanta, Cohen and family, on the loss of Fred's GA. stepfather and Laney's grandfather Bernard Klein Matt Sasiene, son of Sid and Gwen Sasiene for · Howard Weiss and family, on the loss of his his December graduation from USC and brother-in-law and former TOL member accepting a job with Crothall Hospital Services Nat Love Julie & Ned Strauss, on the marriage of their daughter Sarah to Brian Levin WELCOME TO OUR NEW TOL MEMBERS Dana & Chris Cason


Sheldon Coffman Alla Zurakhov Carole Brown Leah Cherney Debi Baker Brookshire Keith Babcock Michael Kozlov Kitra Monnier Helena Volynets Will Cason Harvie Nachlinger Sarah Shtessel Emily Wassermann Jeannie Rubin Kim Moses Matt Bennett Hanna Jacobson Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Aug. 2 Aug. 3 Aug. 4 Aug. 5 Aug. 6 Aug. 6 Aug. 6 Aug. 7 Aug. 7 Aug. 7 Aug. 8 Aug. 9 Aug. 10 Aug. 11 Aug. 11 Nancy Wassermann Simcha Rodgers Richard Gergel Arthur Levy Ron Maris Robbie Morris Ann Gaton Lisa Kaplan Peter Kline Kiber Selig Liza Khasiyetova Lewis Lapine Yuliana Zulunova Eleanor Hack Ina Rae Hark Linda Rodgers Bradford Smith Aug. 12 Aug. 13 Aug. 14 Aug. 14 Aug. 14 Aug. 14 Aug. 15 Aug. 15 Aug. 15 Aug. 15 Aug. 16 Aug. 16 Aug. 18 Aug. 19 Aug. 19 Aug. 19 Aug. 19 Ariel Strauss Grant Jacobs Erick Boniface Jacob Stout Emma Shtessel Gene Green Terri Sobel Alexander Kraemer Harry Goldberg Marc Rapport Jack Sterne Hannah Greenhouse Sandy Hertz Karen Schwartz David Friedland George Helman Adele Salzberg Aug. 19 Aug. 20 Aug. 21 Aug. 21 Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 25 Aug. 27 Aug. 28 Aug. 28 Aug. 29 Aug. 30 Aug. 31 Aug. 31


Jenny & Bradford Smith Linda & Jack Sterne Sandi & Jerry Euster Lindsey & Matt Bennett Pam & Murray Mitchell Marci & Fred Medway Dori & David Nudelman Michelle & Don Bowen Beth & Ronald Maris Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Aug. 9 Aug. 10 Aug. 12 Aug. 13 Aug. 13 Aug. 14 Aug. 15 Jackie & Keith Babcock Marcia & Alan Geers Carly & Todd Kraemer Marlene & Michael Mischner Kate & Leeds Barroll Sheryl & Peter Kline Jennifer & Eric Elkins Amy & David Reynolds Aug. 16 Aug. 20 Aug. 22 Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 29 Aug. 30 Aug. 30


COMMUNITY NEWS Jewish Family Service is hosting Bake Sales to support the Backpack Program at Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The Backpack Program provides children at risk of hunger with food to take home over the weekends and out-of-school times.

100% of the proceeds from the Bake Sales go to the Backpack Program!

Last Bake Sale On

August 12

All Bake Sales are from 4:00 ­ 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of the JCC



TUESDAYS WITH FRIENDS Tuesday, August 3 11:30 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m. Beth Shalom Synagogue

Come join us for a delicious lunch, some entertainment and education Great people! Great food! Great deal! All for only $4! FEATURING: Brain Games with Elysa Sexton & Line Dancing with Vickie Schermbeck

Need a ride? Call Beth Shalom Synagogue by Friday, July 30.


The True Cost of Eating Healthy

Sunday, August 22, 2010 3:00 p.m. Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC Featuring discussion of how to save at the grocery store while also eating healthier. We'll also have tips for creating healthier versions of Jewish Holiday classic foods!

RSVP to Elysa at 787-2023 x 219--babysitting available with reservation!


This program is funded in part with a grant from the BJH Foundation for Senior Services and the Columbia Jewish Federation.


Rosh Hashanah begins September 8. During this holy time it is important that we think about the members of the Columbia Jewish Community who may have difficulty celebrating. Jewish Family Service visits residents of local residential care facilities in the week prior to Rosh Hashanah. If you would like to assist us in this effort, please contact Sarah Moran at 787-2023 ext. 220 or [email protected]



July 2 Henrietta Farber, in memory of Charlotte Rosin Sid, Gwen, & Matt Sasiene, in memory of Eva Sasiene Igor Volynets, in memory of Valeriy Volynets July 9 Dale A. Baker, in memory of Isadore Schreiber Stephen & Phyllis Friedman, in memory of Ida Friedman Jane Littmann, in memory of Lewis E. Littmann Beth Maris, in memory of Lillian Rochelle Troy The Reyner family, in memory of Fannie Reyner July 16 Meri Gergel, Richard & Belinda Gergel, in memory of Rebecca Friedman Linda & Jack Sterne, in memory of Morris Kuntz Philip Wittenberg, in memory of Samuel Monroe Wittenberg July 23 Marcie & John Baker, in memory of Sarah Stern Pierre Jaffe, in memory of Sarah Stern Jack, Jean, & Benjamin Ginsberg, in memory of Joel Fine Ginsberg Diane & Sheldon Kall, in memory of Samuel Milecofsky July 30 Sandra Euster, in memory of Esther Duni Gerald Euster, in memory of Bessie Euster Gerald Euster, in memory of Abe Euster Eugene Kaplan, in memory of Bertha Abramson Kaplan


August 6 ­ Lee Baker, Lawrence Stuart Scott*, A. Frederic Serbin*, Antonio Arbona-Bennazar*, Dolores Carr, Minna Wallace*, Lila Russ, Naomi L. Russ, Frank L. Weiner*, Evelyn Baker Alion*, Morris Dickman, Abraham Mellitz, Hyman P. Rothberg, Eric Thompson, Eve Werner*, Lynda Picow Catlett, Bessie Fabra*, Henry Donald Bogatin, Jr., Jane Kalman Ginsberg* August 13 ­ Jack M. Cohen*, Frederick Hoffman, Rose N. Mild*, JoAnn Baker*, Isaac Greenberg*, Adele Volin*, Edward Scully, Joseph L. Cohen, Beatrice Conn, Maxine Alpert Kline, Mary Smith Kordon, Lev Luchin, Sadye L. Mann*, Charlene Davis*, Sara Garber, Gustave Gergel*, Rose Sheftman* August 20 ­ Edythe Loryea*, Ella Segal, Maxine M. Sepulveda*, Benjamin F. Vineburg*, Rabbi David Gruber*, Edwin Bihari*, Irving Krauss*, Aaron Joseph Rotholz, Martin Weinberger*, Rudi Barnett, Betty Cantor, Herbert Levy, Sanford Mazer*, Helen King, Eleanor Berg Selig, Max Wittenberg*, Abraham Yazdanpanah, Lillian Geers, Abraham Mitchell August 27 ­ Lily Madnick, Ida Rauch*, Edward Circus*, Mae Levey, Raymond Bannister, Brian Everett, Henrietta Halford*, Bernard Troy*, George Troyansky, Ella Milman Glick, Hortie S. Reyner*, Florence Silverman Reyner Kramer*, Sam Stern, Norman Hansen, Rabbi Jerome Gerson Tolochko*

*name memorialized by a plaque in the sanctuary


August 6 ­ Chair: Rick Cohn, Fred & Doris Davidson, Joanne Hafter, Amanda & William Hamilton, Carol Hansen, Ina Rae Hark, Lisa & Andy Helfer August 13 ­ Chair: Richard Cohen, Gregg & Caryn Helman, Harvey & Beth Helman, Richard & Ellen Helman, Ed & Sandy Hertz, Suzy Herzog & Harvie Nachlinger, Michael & Marilyn Ehmke August 20 ­ Chair: Paul Westfall, Greg & Cyndi Katz, Alan & Bonnie Horn, Carolyn Hudson, Ellen Humphries, Arthur Iskhakov & Yuliana Zulunova, Todd & Winnie Jacobs, Rebecca Jacobson August 27 ­ Chair: Brad Smith, Ericka Johnson, Diane & Sheldon Kall, Scott & Lisa Kaplan, Steve & Linda Kerner, Stan & Kathy Kessler

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.

WRJ SHABBAT SERVICE REPS August 6 ­ Marcia Geers August 13 ­ Ilene King August 20 ­ Joan McGee August 27 ­ Cheri Alexander



We gratefully acknowledge the following thoughtful donations: General Fund Stuart & Marion Goodwin, in honor of the birth of their granddaughter Lucy Jane Goodwin Leah Meador, in appreciation Vee Wayburn, in memory of Richard Wayburn II Rabbi's Discretionary Fund Regina Bogatin, in honor of the marriage of Debbie Katzman & Rick Cohn Debbie Katzman & Rick Cohn, in appreciation Annette Goldstein, in appreciation Gene & Lois Green, in memory of Iloean Shultz Noryne Siegel, in appreciation Religious School's Neil Cartiff Memorial Fund TOL Sisterhood, in memory of Iloean Shultz Youth Activities Fund Cheryl Rentiers Layton, in appreciation of Risa Strauss


ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Just a reminder: we are currently in the middle of our 2010 ­ 2011 TOL Brotherhood Annual Membership drive. We request dues of $18, or more if possible, remembering that the dues go toward supporting the Brotherhood activities throughout the year. We understand the financial environment, but urge you to give what you can. Please include your dues check in the envelope provided with the annual letter and survey. Any questions, please email [email protected] [Please note our new email address.] SUKKOT STEAK DINNER The entire TOL Congregation is invited to Brotherhood's Second Annual Sukkot Steak Dinner. Come join us on Saturday, September 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Temple's Sukkah. Dinner includes: prime strip steak grilled to perfection, burgers or hot dogs for the kids, baked potato, chef salad, garlic bread, and a variety of fried delicacies from Chef Ed. Please bring your own beverages. The pre-paid cost of the meal is $15 for adults and $5 for children under age 10. At the door: adults $25 per person and kids are $10 each. UPCOMING EVENTS IN AUGUST Sunday, August 8 and 22 the Brotherhood will be coordinating bicycle rides. The course for each ride will be determined closer to the ride date; we will ride approximately 20 to 30 miles at a 15 ­ 16 MPH pace. It is recommended you contact David Carr at [email protected] if you are interested in riding so he can communicate details on the ride. Please RSVP by calling the Temple office (7872182) or email [email protected] Please include your name and a return phone number. All reservations will require advance payment. We look forward to seeing you in the Sukkah!


August 2010

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat





6:30pm Adult Hebrew


8:00am Farmer's Market (last one for 2010)


6:15pm BYO Picnic Dinner 7:00pm Family Shabbat Service




6:00pm Israeli Dance


Deadline submission for September newsletter


6:30pm Adult Hebrew 6:30pm Executive Board 7:30pm Board of Directors


7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal


7:30pm Shabbat Service


10:00am Shabbat Morning Service & Torah Study



6:00pm Hebrew Teachers Meeting


5:30pm Assistant Teachers Meeting 7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal


6:30pm Adult Hebrew


7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal


7:30pm Shabbat Service


10:00am Julien Katz Bar Mitzvah


10:00am Teachers Meeting (Gr. N-K,1,2,3,4)


6:00pm Israeli Dance


5:30pm Teacher Meeting (Gr. 5-9) 7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal



7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal


7:30pm Shabbat Service & Ice Cream Social



11:00am PreK-Gr 1 Program "Falling Into the Fall Holidays"



7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal


7:00pm Religious School Open House


7:00pm HHD Choir Rehearsal


6:15pm BYO Picnic Dinner 7:00pm Family Shabbat Service

4 Selichot

8:30pm Coffee & Dessert 9:00pm Havdalah & Selichot Service


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




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] RABBI EMERITUS Sanford T. Marcus, D.D.


[email protected]

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

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Endowment...........................................Ned Strauss Finance..................................................Peter Kline Fundraising...........................................Scott Kaplan House & Ground..................................G. Todd Weiss Membership..........................................Laney Cohen Outreach...........................................Debra Tedeschi Religious School Board..............................Kim Moses Ritual................................................Richard Cohen Social Action...........................................Ilene King Temple Youth Group.................................Bill Strauss




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