April 2016 - Congregation Ahavath Sholom

Congregation Ahavath Sholom A Family of Families April 2016—22 Adar II to 22 Nisan 5776 Vol. 80— Number 8

Pesach Service Schedule Friday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service Saturday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. Second Night Seder

Monday, April 25 through Thursday, April 28, Intermediate Days Services at 6:55 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 29 at 6:55 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat and Pesach Services

Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pesach Services

Saturday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning, Pesach and Yizkor Services

Please join us for the Congregation Ahavath Sholom Ladies Auxiliary Donor Luncheon Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Photographer and Author Loli Kantor will present her newest book Beyond the Forest— Donation Levels Photojournalist—$100 and more Journalist—$75 Photographer—$50 (minimum for luncheon) Sponsor—donation of any size is appreciated (does not include luncheon)

Reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cas-ladies -auxiliary-donor-luncheon-tickets-24241369589 Or, you are always welcomed to call the synagogue office at 817-731-4721 with your RSVP and payment information.

Bringing God and the Community Closer Together A Conservative Synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism


Clergy & Professional Staff: Rabbi Andrew Bloom Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov Michael L. Linn Executive Director Officers: President Ebrahim Lavi 1st Vice President Dr. Nancy Faigin 2nd Vice President Jerry Stein 3rd Vice President Glenn Garoon Treasurer Ben Herman Secretary Jodi Berger Parliamentarian Dr. Murray Cohen

The National 2016 AIPAC Summit in Washington D.C. that I attended in March was one that I truly enjoyed. The unity of the Pro Israel community that gathered together from all over the country in support of Israel and in order to learn more about the goings-on in the Middle East was inspirational. I would like to pass on some of the points that were made by the numerous experts in some of the different sessions that I attended. While the emphasis in the news was on the appearances of 4 out of the 5 presidential candidates and what they said, in my opinion the legacy of AIPAC is not the political speeches but rather the breakout sessions where one can learn about Israel’s role as part of the wider global community. This is especially true in the world of innovation and service to the whole. 1.

Board of Directors: Ava Beleck Sonny Brister Elizabeth Chesser Avi Kaikov Valerie Kaye Will Kutler Viqui Litman Foster Owen Zoe Stein Pierce Hal Ratner Kalman Silverberg Karen Silverberg Nancy Stansbury Dan Sturman Nan Udell Stephanie Corso Zavala Catering Department Maria Loya Office Staff Peppe Bailin Religious School Secretary Jennifer Porter Kennard Assistant to Cantor


The first cross section between Israeli innovation and service to society came from a session that I participated in on Innovation Africa (http://www.innoafrica.org/israel.html). Innovation Africa is a project whereby this Israeli company has developed reusable energy (small solar panels) in a way whereby they can power newly dug water wells in African villages (that up until that point had no local water). Innovation Africa has since 2008 brought light, clean water, drip irrigation and refrigeration for lifesaving medicines and vaccines to nearly 1 million African people. They have already impacted 7 African nations and 104 village projects. They have since partnered with the Christian Broadcast Network in making a movie about their experiences in Africa in hopes of getting support for future projects. Another session that I had the honor to attend was a session on fighting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movements on our college campuses. If you can remember this past High Holy Days I spoke about the dangers

of this movement and it seems to only be getting worse. The biggest piece of advice on a large scale by which we can help our students is by educating them to the multi-dimensions of Israeli society. For all too often we have been teaching about past Israel and Arab wars and while this is important if our students don’t know what Israel is doing around the world to help others and how technology that is coming out of Israel helps connect our global economy on a daily basis than they won’t have the ability to answer false accusations throw to them. It would seem to me that we now have to expand what we teach our children and ourselves in relationship to Israel. 3.

A third innovation which was demonstrated by the founders of another Israeli company were softwheels for wheelchairs (http://softwheel. technology/theacrobat/). These innovative wheels allow individuals bound to a wheelchair more agility and freedom than they have before. The technology was invented to help many who are wheelchair bound experience numerous possibilities (wheeling through hiking trails) that were nearly impossible to accomplish before the invention of the shock and absorb system within these new wheels. They were exhibited live during the conference and it was very exciting to witness. Over 100 wounded veterans in America have received this wheel system as donations and the possibilities are endless for the future.

These are just a few of the central innovations that I learned about at AIPAC and I only wish that these innovations were front and central in the news and not the spectrum of presidential politics. I understand why the news covers what it does, however it is up to all of us to look at the real work that is presented at an AIPAC conference and not get side swiped by the political noise that others are making. I hope that in the years to come that many of us will attend AIPAC together and see just how Am Yisrael (People of Israel) and Medinat Yisrael (State of Israel) are alive and well. B’Shalom and friendship, Rabbi Andrew Bloom

Suzi Gardner Bookkeeper JoAnn English Shul Secretary

Janitorial Staff Antonio Contreras Gabriel Sanchez



Gil Elan’s Community Briefing on Israel and the Middle East Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. presented by the Isadore Garsek Lodge #269 of B’nai B’rith www.ahavathsholom.org

From Our Cantor and Educational Director All the Things You Never Knew About Charoset By Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov As we approach the end of the month of Adar II and prepare ourselves to welcome in the new month of Nisan, I know we are all feeling a bit of dread in knowing that our intense cleaning and craziness of Passover is nearly upon us. And, while Passover is often associated with going to great lengths to clean every surface of our homes, it is also a beautiful festival filled with incredibly rich themes, symbolism, and rituals. As many of you know, one of my after-hours passions is cooking and baking. It is my therapy after a long day at work and I go to great lengths to cook special Shabbat and holiday meals for those I love. In preparing for Passover in the Kaikov household, I always enjoy seeking new Jewish recipes to add to our seder table, culinary experiments I have never ventured to make before. Growing up in a family that conducted seders in Ladino (JudeoSpanish) with a variety of unique traditions and delicacies, I have always been fascinated by the many recipe renditions for passover, but specifically for charoset. And, in my curiosity, I have learned a bit about the origins of this special seder concoction. The word "charoset" comes from the Hebrew word “cheres” which means "clay.” After reciting the blessings, and eating a matzah "sandwich" combining charoset and maror, the remainder is often eaten plain or spread on matzah. Charoset, that sweet and delicious combination of fruits, nuts, spices and wine, may be the most popular food on the seder plate, but why it is there is a matter of debate. Interestingly enough, the Torah does not command us to eat it. In fact, the Torah never mentions charoset at all. There isn’t even a blessing for it in the Passover Haggadah. Yet its connection to Passover is actually ancient. Charoset is first mentioned in the Mishnah around 200 CE, when describing items on the Passover table: “unleavened bread and lettuce and charoset, even though the charoset is not a commandment.” It is believed that charoset may have become part of the Passover ritual through the influence of ancient Greek civilization. The Greeks consumed large quantities of wine while discussing philosophical issues and “dipping” food in mixtures of pounded nuts and spices, the essential ingredients in what we call charoset. The Talmudic sages teach us that charoset reminds us of the mortar Hebrew slaves used to build clay bricks. In his 11th century Mishneh Torah, Moses Maimonides even provides one of the first written recipes for charoset in which it is said to look like clay mixed with straw: Crush “dates, dried figs, or raisins and the like…add vinegar, and mix them with spices,” because, before being ground, spices are long and stringy like straw. Some say that our forefathers held the belief that vegetables have the potential to be poisonous. The Talmud says that charoset was therefore added to the seder table, as it had the ability to counteract a poison from the vegetables on the table. www.ahavathsholom.org

Also in the Talmud, Rabbi Levi taught that charoset is a reminder of the apple orchards where the Jewish women would go to give birth in secret so that the Egyptians would not be aware of the newborn Jewish babies. Rashi further explained that Rabbi Levi was referring to the practice of Jewish women, whose husbands came home at night too exhausted to have relations for the purpose of procreation, and so, they would meet their husbands in the apple orchards during their lunch breaks. They would then return to the orchards to give birth where their cries of pain were not audible and the birth would remain a secret. Regardless of whether you believe that charoset represents our endless work as slaves or the rebirth of our people in the Egyptian orchards, I am certain that most of us can agree on one thing, and that is that charoset is one of the most delicious items on the seder table. For the past four years, I have created a new annual CAS religious school tradition of having a Passover Charoset Making Competition “a la TV Food Network” where I assign each class a random charoset recipe from around the world. After I provide each class with ingredients and utensils to make their assigned recipe, they are given the challenge of working with their peers and teachers to make their recipe in 30 minutes. After time is up, our esteemed judges, Rabbi Bloom and Michael Linn, sample each class’ recipe and judge each class based on taste and presentation. This competition never ceases to entertain everyone and let me tell you, students go to great lengths to create elaborate charoset presentations depicting the Exodus out of Egypt, the Ten Plagues, and even Moses. My point in sharing this is that each year, our students get to experiment with a variety of unique charoset recipes from countries all over the world and I hope you will as well. I hope you will enjoy some of the recipes I have provided for you below. These are just a few. I wish you all a chag sameach! Bukharan Style (makes about 3 cups) Ingredients 1 cup walnuts 1 cup raisins 1 large apple, peeled and cored 1/2 cup red Passover wine. Grind everything together to mix thoroughly but leaving some texture. Do not grind too smoothly. Source: Sephardic Cooking by Copeland Marks New American (makes about 2 cups) 2 Granny Smith apples juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup fresh mango, peeled and diced 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon Port or sweet wine 1. Peel, core, and dice the apples and sprinkle with the lemon juice. 2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse once or twice just to break up. Let sit for the flavors to meld. Jewish Cooking in America by Joan Nathan (continued) Page


(continued) Curacao Charoset Balls (Garosa) (makes 25 to 30 balls) 14 pitted dates 10 pitted prunes 8 figs, stems removed cup golden raisins

cup cashew nuts lemon, unpeeled and cut in chunks cup sweet red wine cup honey, or more as needed 2 tablespoons cinnamon to coat

Place dates, prunes, figs, raisins, nuts and lemon in food processor. Chop coarsely. Add the wine and cup honey. Process to chop finely. Mixture should be moist but firm enough to shape. Add a little extra honey if needed. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Toss in cinnamon to coat. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Note: The mixture can be spooned into a serving dish and dusted with cinnamon before serving. Source: “Celebrating Passover with dishes of Curacao,” from the Philadelphia Inquirer by Ethel Hofman and Myra Chanin French Provencal Style (about 8 cups) 1 pound chestnuts 1 cup blanched almonds 2 medium tart apples, cored and chopped 1 cup pitted dates

1 cup dried figs 1 cup raisins 1 to 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger wine vinegar

1. Cut an X in the shell of chestnuts. Place in boiling water and cook for 15 minutes. Drain. When able to handle, peel off shells. 2. Finely chop chestnuts and almonds. Add fruits and finely chop. Stir in enough wine vinegar to make a thick paste. Add ginger. Source: Sefer Ha’Menuha, a work of the 13th century Provencal scholar, Rabbi Manoach, as cited in an article by Gil Marks in the Jewish Communications Network archives Israeli Style (makes 10 side-dish servings) 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped 2 bananas, peeled and chopped Juice and grated peel of 1/2 lemon Juice and grated peel of 1/2 orange 15 dates, pitted and chopped 1/2 cup ground pistachios 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup sweet Passover wine 5 tablespoons matzo meal In large bowl, combine apples, bananas, lemon juice and peel, orange juice and peel, dates and nuts; mix well. Add cinnamon, wine and matzo meal; blend thoroughly. Source: “A Passover Seder With Israeli Flavor,” from the St. Louis Post Dispatch by Judy Zeidler

CAS TOTS! The Religious School Program for children 1 to 3.5 years old! Our next session is April 10 10:30-11:30 a.m. (parent must accompany child) Page


Italian Style 3 apples, sweet or tart 2 pears 2 cups sweet wine 1/3 cup (50 g) pine nuts 2/3 cup (50 g) ground almonds 1/2 lb (250 g) dates, pitted and chopped 1/4 cup (100 g) yellow raisins or sultanas 4 oz. (100 g) prunes, pitted and chopped 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar or * cup (125 ml) honey or to taste 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger Peel and core the apples and pears and cut them in small pieces. Put all the ingredients into a pan together and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until the fruits are very soft, adding a little water if it becomes too dry. Variations: Other possible additions: chopped lemon or candied orange peel, walnuts, pistachios, dried figs, orange or lemon juice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Source: The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden Surinam—Seven Fruit (Sephardic Style) (makes 5 cups) 8 oz. unsweetened coconut 8 oz. chopped walnuts or grated almonds 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 8 oz. raisins 8 oz. dried apples 8 oz. dried prunes 8 oz. dried apricots 8 oz. dried pears 4 oz. cherry jam sweet red wine Combine everything except the jam and wine in a pot. Cover with water and simmer over low heat. Periodically, add small amounts of water to prevent sticking. Cook at least 90 minutes. When it is cohesive, stir in the jam and let stand until cool. Add enough sweet wine to be absorbed by the charoset and chill. Source: The Jewish Holiday Kitchen by Joan Nathan

JEWISH WOMEN INTERNATIONAL Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at Beth-El Congregation. Susan Wynne, the daughter of Drs. Marian and Julian Haber, along with her Jewish singing group, will entertain us with songs of Requited Love and of Shabbat. They come to us from San Antonio! Join us for this wonderful program, some bagels and coffee!

TAX free day Ladies Auxiliary Gift Shop April 10—starting at 9:30 a.m. www.ahavathsholom.org

FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of (NAASE) North American Association of Synagogue Executives the early part of March. More than 150 Executive Directors participated and naturally we shared experiences. Congregation Ahavath Sholom is really not that much different from other synagogues. The names of the players may change, but just as a ball team, the positons are the same. The theme this year focused on engagement for the 21st century and over the course of 4 days we participated with direct professional conversations. NAASE invited some of our more experienced colleagues and outside speakers to present specific information. All the presenter are experts in the respective areas of synagogue management covered by carefully tailored sessions. The informal style of sessions featured single presenters and panels espousing related or differing approaches. The enthusiasm of the presenters was contagious and the benefits to all of us are lasting and immeasurable. Some of the specific sessions included the discussion on how synagogues can really be welcoming, and not just saying that they are, a review of some technology trends, budgeting, and security and safety issues. We spent a great deal of time discussing the results of the latest Pew survey and how we may be able to adjust to the demographic changes. One session of


interest seemed to hit on our specific situation as we Focus on the Future. As we begin our parlor meetings to discuss where we are and possibly where we hope to be, we are reminded that these meetings will lead us in developing a master plan through dialogue. We will utilize this planning process in developing a long range plan with regard to the physical environment and naturally to financial planning and fiduciary responsibility. It is important that all our members feel comfortable in voicing opinions and that we all listen carefully to all the voices. The days spent at the convention are long and always full of new learning opportunities. Yes, we do develop a strong network and friendships with others in the same position, but it is through the openness and willingness to listen to others that we all learn something new and bring some fresh ideas back to our own synagogues. Passover will be with us shortly as will the memories of my childhood with Seders held at a relative’s apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I hope that your childhood recollections are as bountiful and as warm as mine, and that you have the chance to spend time with your family. Passover is the one time of year that all Jews seem to gather together May we all gather with our families and create memories that last a lifetime. Michael Linn



FOCUS ON THE FUTURE We are making good progress. In October 2015, we announced the start of a grand initiative designed to formally explore the future of our congregation. The project is comprehensive: not only will it determine the fate of our current building but it will also impact the shul’s rituals, social functions and educational offerings. In February 2016, we distributed a survey to collect the views of our congregants about the current synagogue and their vision of the future. Here are some of the results:  The response rate was an impressive 48% (including 5 surveys completed manually)  Age?: 13% (26-40 yrs), 48% (41-65 yrs), 35% (66-80 yrs), 5% (81+ yrs)  Married?: 76% (yes), 24% (no)  Employed: 59% (full-time), 10% (part-time), retired (23%), other (8%)  What do you like most about CAS?: “it’s a family, the friendliness, the Rabbi, the Cantor, Michael, JoAnn, Suzie, the staff, the warmth”  Areas of Improvement: “The building is getting old; The building does not fit the current size of the congregation.” What’s next? We will share a summary of the survey results at the 5 “parlor meetings” that have been scheduled: March 27, April 4, April 6, April 13 and April 17. The meetings are designed to collect the views of our congregants concerning the current synagogue and our future in more detail in small groups settings. Some meetings will take place in homes and others at the synagogue. Please contact the CAS office ASAP and make a reservation for 1 of the 5 meetings. Focus on the Future Steering Committee (Rhoda Bernstein, Murray Cohen, Nancy Faigin, Glenn Garoon, Ebbey Lavi, Jerry Stein)


All CAS Members and Visitors

For safety and security purposes, both CAS and the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center are asking all members and guests of the synagogue and school to sign in when entering the building during regular business hours. Please note, however, that access to the non-school sections of the building will only be available when CAS staff and/or clergy are on premise. For those attending regular CAS services and/or classes, during those hours, the building will be available without requiring sign -in or staff approval. The doors are usually unlocked for ten to 15 minute periods at the beginning of daily minyanim. A code is needed in the morning to unlock the door, just ask Michael for the code.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom will not permit the open carry of firearms on synagogue property. This includes the Synagogue building, playgrounds, cemetery and cemetery chapel. Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter the property with a handgun that is carried openly.

Mazal Tov - Edna Paget’s 100th Year Celebration . . . Family members who traveled from as far away as New Hampshire, New York, Washington State, and Minnesota; and as close as Austin and Dallas.. Edna's children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews all gathered to celebrate Edna's 100th birthday.

Our Condolences To Myra and Dr. Irwin Schussler, Roy Marilyn Paget and their entire family, on the loss of Edna Paget who passed away a little more than a month after this 100th birthday celebration. Page



CELEBRATIONS Birthdays 1-Apr

Marilyn Blinderman


Joan Katz


Mark Fierer


Richard Levin


Dr. Dennis Schuster


Robin Tirsun


Linda Collins


Judd Vermillion


Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov


Dr. Julian Haber


Christine Brown


Dr. Bernard Zilberg


Stephanie Zavala


Amy Luskey


Viqui Litman


Hanna Hochster


Sigi Rodriguez


Efraim Marco


Eliot Barnett


Dr. Carole Mendelson


Adelene Myers


Arnold Gachman


Dr. Bruce Weiner


Stephanie Webster


Martis Herman


Cookie Kaftan


Deanna Benjamin


Naomi Rosenfield


Ronna Gilbert


Doris Blum


Marvin Beleck


Michael Williams


Elaine Bumpus

Wedding Anniversaries


Children’s Birthdays


David and Inbal Morris



Jerome Berger


Laurence and Harriet Anton



Sean Butler


Lewis and Arlene Lamark



Benjamin Karten


Ebrahim and Linda Lavi


With Our Thanks Gary and I sincerely thank all of you for the food, visits, calls, concern, best wishes and just being by our sides during this time. Robin Tirsun Certified Travel Consultant

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Cookie and Gary Kaftan Mazal Tov To Sima Galagnov, the winner of our CAS’ Got Talent Purim Special Sima wowed the audience with the song, “Short Story.” She was awarded the “Golden Grogger Award of Excellence” Twelve acts from musical performances to dance, as well as cup stacking were enjoyed by all—thanks to all who performed!




YAHRZEITS—MAY THE MEMORY OF OUR LOVED ONES BE A BLESSING FOREVER. Fri., April 1, 22 Adar II Judy Kay Weinstein Sat., April 2, 23 Adar II Dorothy Hertzman Sello Herzfeld Leonard Karotkin Chaye Katz Dora Levine Helen G. Murad Goldie Potnick Liba F. Raimey Dr. Phillip E. Schultz Mon., April 4, 25 Adar II Shmuel Katz Sam Laves Sonya Luskey Asher B. Robinson David Rose Tue., April 5, 26 Adar II Walter Berlin Rose Caplan Sara Z. Chervitz Harold Mann Wed., April 6, 27 Adar II Beth Eisenman Jennie Epstein Eleanor K. Gachman Fanny Minsky Fri., April 8, 29 Adar II Pauline Barkman Alice Blackman Lewis Lackman Sat., April 9, 1 Nisan Sete Barchissat David Berkowitz Max Bruder Abe Mehl Helen S. Miron Shalom Rodriguez Louis Sandler Ilse Schwarz



Sun., April 10, 2 Nisan Morris Chicotsky Charles Klimist Emma Rosenberg Jetti Schweiger Sylvia Wydra Mon., April 11, 3 Nisan Robert Battat Benjamin Coplin Louise Dawe Bessie Dunn Charlotte Kaufman Esther Lesser Yetta Marks Max Perras Max Thompson Tue., April 12, 4 Nisan Raphael Hoffman Idelle Urbanowitz Wed., April 13, 5 Nisan Victor Friedman Arlene L. Godfry Philip Jacobson Jake Levine Morris M. Levine Harry Maizlish Victor Mellinger Irwin Paderewski Rosalie Schwartz Lorna K. Twiddy Eva Zuckerman Thu., April 14, 6 Nisan Isidore Aglitz Bette Brozgold Max Goldstein Roy Greenberg Jennie Lieberman Rita M. Meltzer Victorine Mizrahi Michael Nogen Bob B. Taylor Fri., April 15, 7 Nisan Anna Bartak Morris Fried Bashe Gens Harold Holland

Sat., April 16, 8 Nisan Benjamin Antweil David Greines Coheleth Herman Meir Lubin Frances C. Okon Henry Salsberg Henry Satt Martin Schwartz Moses Shanblum Michael Shturman Sun., April 17, 9 Nisan Jennie Glickman Charles A. Klimist Israel O. Saadon Norman Tudzin Joseph R. Walderman Mon., April 18, 10 Nisan Dina Abrason Julius Blum Alan Gaylor Jack Lasser Meyer Levinson David Menscher Jerome Perlman Sarah A. Zuckerman Tue., April 19, 11 Nisan Jack Gachman Harold Lustig Joseph Mitchell John “Jack” Seligman Wed., April 20, 12 Nisan Ann Arkin Isidor Cohen Anna Mitchell Esther Porch Archie Salsberg Louis Sinofsky Thu., April 21, 13 Nisan Wolf Beren Saul Frydman Abe Gilbert Ben Gresky Morris Hurwitz Berta Hutmacher Flora Moskowitz

Thu., April 21, 13 Nisan Rebecca Weatherford Sylvia L. Wexler Harry Zenick Fri., April 22, 14 Nisan Meyer Cohen Sara Gershengoren Frank Gilden Jacob Glickman Mitchell M. Marcus Norman M. Rosen Edith Ross Sat., April 23, 15 Nisan Louis Engler Joseph Klorfine Yisraeyl Sandler Sun., April 24, 16 Nisan Flora Benjamin Gertrude K. Lander Mon., April 25, 17 Nisan Matilda Abrams Frances Adler Joseph Fahn Frank Greenberg Selma Israel Philip Michaelson

Wed., April 27, 19 Nisan Helen Bodzy Ann S. Hurwitz Anne Jolly Milton Mintz Milton Schuster Charlie Tills Thu., April 28, 20 Nisan Leonard Coplin George Corbin Jack B. Friedman Reweka Koppelman Tom Reed Bessie R. Rosenthal Goldie Tills Fri., April 29, 21 Nisan Mickey L. Fagin Max Fleischmann Betty Perlman Elias Renov Shalene Sosland Hannah Weisblatt Sat., April 30, 22 Nisan Samuel Baum Olive Bercu Rose Greenberg Sam Kimmell Burton Tobor Rose Zimmerman

Tue., April 26, 18 Nisan Sam Bernstein Larry Blackman Ruth Bonn Lena Butler Dr. Hubert C. Gibson Rowena Kimmell Raye Paul Louis Raff Gerald S. Reisberg Annette B. Taylor Louis Ueitlin

Our Condolences To Foster and Marla Owen and their entire family on the loss of Foster’s sister, Lynn Owen Peterson. To Sandra Williams, Cynthia and Ronnie Shipper, Clayton Williams and their entire family on the loss of Rick Williams.


Contributions Catering

Religious Education

In loving memory of: Dr. Gerald Friedman Bootsie Mehl Coggan Rachel and Yossi Yaacobi

In loving memory of: Ted Nathan Herman Shari and Jeff London Myra and Dr. Irwin Schussler Rick Williams Tricia Krauss-Lehrman

CHAI Fund In loving memory of: Ted Nathan Herrman Roz and Dr. Harvey Micklin Rick Williams Ellen and Bernie Appel Terry Pruitt Debbie and Marc Andres Elaine and Trevor Pearlman Myra Biblowitz Lynda and Perry Kaufman Sherwin Rubin Rosanna and Louis Desantis Leslie Farin Lynn Owen Peterson Lynny and Dr. Ed Sankary Robin and Jerry Stein Al Kulakoff Robin and Jerry Stein Dr. Gerald Friedman Robin and Jerry Stein Roslyn L. Rubin Yahrzeit In loving memory of: Sara Korman Donna and Robert Chicotsky Milton Schuster Kurt Schuster Roy Greenberg Shirley Schuster Morris Chicotsky Donna and Robert Chicotsky In honor of: Elaine Bumpus Gary Dworkin Harry Labovitz Gary Dworkin Miriam Brown Gary Dworkin

Sukkot Pavilion Fund In loving memory of: Ted Nathan Herman Andrea and Fred Bennett

Prayer Book In loving memory of: Ted Nathan Herman Rosalyn Rosenthal


Yahrzeit In loving memory of: Howard Koven Jane and Steve Freidlin

Rose and Al Sankary Computer Lab In loving memory of: Estrella Garson Rachel and Yossi Yaacobi Yahrzeit In loving memory of: Leon Sankary Bernice and Jack Sankary

Sound of Music Shabbat Fund In loving memory of: Ted Nathan Herman Denise and Stef Goreh Deb and Josh Perlstein Rozanne Kobey Yahrzeit In loving memory of: Benjamin Feldstein Joe Feldstein Joseph Krosin Barbara Weinberg With best wishes to: Dr. Harold Malofsky Suzie and Ben Herman Rosalyn Friedman

GAN AHAVATH SHOLOM—CAS Community Garden In loving memory of: Ted Nathan Herman Posy McMillen Shoshana and Gary Howard Hannah Rubin Fort Worth Academy Parents’ Club Lynn Owen Peterson Martis and Chad Herman

Al Kulakoff Suzie and Ben Herman Dr. Gerald Friedman Martis and Chad Herman In honor of: The Garoon’s new granddaughter Suzie and Ben Herman In honor of: The anniversary of Drs. Jane and Arthur Pawgan Rita S. and Ted Hoffman With best wishes to: Suzie Herman Elaine and Jim Stanton Bootsie Mehl Coggan Drs. Elizabeth and Murray Cohen Aaron Boardman Rita S. and Ted Hoffman Cookie Kaftan Rita S. and Ted Hoffman Sondra Richard

Dave Klimist Cemetery Beautification and Maintenance Fund In loving memory of: Rick Williams Harriette and Arnold Gachman Ruth Hendelman Lynn Owen Peterson Elaine and Jim Stanton Ted Nathan Herman Arlene and Lewish Lamark Yahrzeit In loving memory of: Marolyn Meltzer Dr. Robert Meltzer Ted Hendelman Ruth Hendelman Jack Gachman Harriette and Arnold Gachman Eleanor Gachman Harriette and Arnold Gachman David Menscher Harriette and Arnold Gachman Pauline Sheinberg Nancy Sheinberg Herbert Gresky Yetta Gresky Reva Nebrat Yetta Gresky

Don Herman and Scott Zarrow Chevra Kadisha Fund In loving memory of: Dr. Gerald Friedman Elaine and Jim Stanton Barbara Herman (wife of Dr. James Herman) Barbara and Morty Herman Julian Lerner Barbara and Morty Herman With best wishes to: Marty Winder Barbara and Morty Herman

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Yahrzeit In loving memory of: Barbara Weisman Cookie and Jerry Wise Howard Rector Rosemary Rector and Herbert Weisblatt Joseph Rosen Dr. Emily Isaacs and Dr. Don Rosen Mollie Rosen Dr. Emily Isaacs and Dr. Don Rosen Deena Heide-Diesslin Dr. Emily Isaacs and Dr. Don Rosen in honor of: Rabbi Andrew Bloom Steve Hayes The birthday of Dr. Richard Marks Drs. Jane and Arthur Pawgan The birthday of Ted Hoffman Drs. Jane and Arthur Pawgan

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund In loving memory of: Dr. Gerald Friedman Ava and Marvin Beleck



Congregation Ahavath Sholom 2015-2016 Showtime Films “Beneath the Helmet”  Sunday May 1, 2016  6:30 p.m. The sixth film, Beneath the Helmet, to be shown on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. is a coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high-school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends, these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. Brought to us by the generosity of special donors, this film illustrates how theses young soldiers are defending not only their homes, but also the values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance and women’s rights. On April 17 starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Education Wing

Falafel Meal!!!! (includes falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad) Help send our students on the Confirmation Trip to New York City. Our student will do their hardest to prepare the BEST meal just for us.

Chili Cook-off: Look Who’s Cooking, Now! It’s Michael Lavi! Linda and Ebby Lavi are passing down a tradition—great chili! Our esteemed President and his family represented CAS at the Chili Cook-off in Dallas.

ONLY $10 for the complete meal! First Come First Serve (unless you have pre-ordered) Pre-ordering available—just call 817-731-7421. Gluten free available by pre-order only.

If you wish to sell your chametz, please fill out this form and return it no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Please note on your check that it is for Chametz. Definition of CHAMETZ: In Exodus 12:15 the Bible tells us, "Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the very first day you shall remove leaven from your houses..." The Rabbis specified five grains which can become chametz: wheat, barley, spelt, rye, and oats. Ashkenazic authorities added to this list rice and kitniot, or legumes (including beans, peas, lentils, corn and maize, millet, and mustard). Sephardic authorities, prohibit only the five specified grains, thus Sephardic Jews are allowed to eat legumes and rice during Passover.

SALE OF CHAMETZ - DEADLINE Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Any chametz owned by a Jew during Passover Week becomes “Trefa” and is forbidden for actual use or benefit forever. It is usually impossible to dispose of all Chametz before Passover, so every Jew should arrange for a formal Mechirat Chametz, or sale of that Chametz. Please return this form to 4050 South Hulen Street along with your donation for this essential service.


Whereas, according to our religious tradition, it is forbidden to possess or to keep any CHAMETZ during PASSOVER, I hereby authorize Rabbi Andrew Bloom to serve as my agent to sell all my CHAMETZ (leaven), whether in my home or elsewhere. NAME____________________________________


MY DONATION FOR THE SALE_______________ In order to symbolize that one is transferring the authority to sell, it is customary to make a token monetary donation for that transfer.




A SPECIAL THANK YOU To the hosts of our Kiddush Luncheons Rita S. Hoffman in honor of the birthday of her husband, Ted Hoffman

Marcia and Glenn Garoon in honor of Glenn’s Bar Mitzvah Anniversary

Frances Marks in honor of the birthday of her husband, Dr. Richard Marks

Our Special RS Oneg was provided by: Kim and Jason Marks in honor of our Religious School’s 5th to 8th Grade Classes

Rachel and Dr. Yoseph Yaacobi in loving memory of Dr. Gerald Friedman

Jennifer and Hal Ratner in honor of our Religious School’s 5th to 8th Grade Classes

Bimah flowers for March were provided by: Our Special Oneg for Kabbalat HaSiddur was provided by:

Daphna, David and Elad Ninio in honor of Nadav and the 5th-8th Grade Students

Jennifer and Hal Ratner Talya and Misha Galaganov Carrie and Aaron Moore and Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov in honor of our Religious School’s 2nd to 4th Grade Classes

Katrina Diaz and Neal Bailey, Ethan and Jacob Bailey in honor of our Religious School’s 2nd to 4th Grade Classes Dr. Dennis Schuster in honor of the birthday of his wife, Barbara Schuster

To all my friends, associates and relatives at Congregation Ahavath Sholom — I have an opportunity to see my novel, "The Fire in the Rock," published as an eBook on Kindle and promoted by Amazon Publishing — but I need your assistance. No, no, not money! This isn't crowdsourcing! All I need is a CLICK "The Fire in the Rock" has been posted on Kindle Scout, an Amazon site where readers help decide if a book gets published. You can see the book's proposed cover, read an excerpt, and learn a little about how the book came to be. If you like it, you can "nominate" the book for publication! Every book has 30 days to earn your nomination, then the campaign is closed and the nominations counted. If the book is accepted for publication, you will receive an early, FREE copy of the eBook as a "thank you" from me and from Kindle! "The Fire in the Rock" can be seen here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2A4IADQUAMPW4

Please go to the link, nominate my book, and — as a favor to me — share this with as many of your friends and acquaintances as you can! And — I hope — enjoy your free eBook! Thanks so much—Charles Henderson Norman

Schedule of Services Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday) Shabbat Morning (Saturday) Monday - Friday Morning

6:00 PM 9:30 AM 6:55 AM

Sunday and National Holiday Morning Sunday - Thursday Evening Rosh Chodesh (New Month)

9:00 AM 6:00 PM 6:45 AM

All Services for Children start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Shabbat Morning New Stars (of David)—ages birth to 3 years of age; Davening Dynamos—Pre-K through 2nd Grade Shul Scholars—4th Grade and up Telephone - Office: 731-4721; Fax: 731-4724; Kitchen: 731-4431; visit our website at www.ahavathsholom.org www.ahavathsholom.org




3—24 Adar II 10:30 a.m. The Mitzvah of Organ Donation—lecture by Rabbi Bloom

10—2 Nisan GIFT SHOP TAX FREE DAY 10:30 a.m. From Death to Burial: Laws, Customs and Traditions—lecture by Rabbi Bloom 17—9 Nisan

24—16 Nisan 9:00 a.m. Pesach Service 6:00 p.m. Evening Service


4—25 Adar II

11—3 Nisan

18—10 Nisan

26—18 Nisan

No Adult Education Classes

19—11 Nisan

6:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Adult Education Class with Rabbi Bloom

10:30 a.m. For Women Only with Rabbi Bloom

12—4 Nisan

6:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Adult Education Class with Rabbi Bloom—SPECIAL UPDATE WITH RECAP OF AIPAC

10:30 a.m. For Women Only with Rabbi Bloom

5—26 Adar II


27—19 Nisan

Selling of Chametz Ends

12:00 noon Daytimers at Beth-El Congregation

20—12 Nisan

13—5 Nisan

6—27 Adar II


14—6 Nisan

21—13 Nisan

Search for Chametz 28—20 Nisan

Candle Lighting Time: 7:51 p.m.

Friday 1—22 Adar II

Candle Lighting Time: 7:32 p.m.

6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service

8—29 Adar II


2—23 Adar II 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service

Havdalah: 8:26 p.m.

Shemini Shabbat Parah

9—1 Nisan

9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service

Havdalah: 8:31 p.m.

16—8 Nisan

Tazria Rosh Chodesh Shabbat HaChodesh 15—7 Nisan

Metzora Shabbat Hagadol

Havdalah: 8:36 p.m.

9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service

Candle Lighting Time: 7:52 p.m.

6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Pesach Service

29—21 Nisan

First Night Seder

Candle Lighting Time: 7:47 p.m.

5:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service

12:00 noon Burning of Chametz

Pesach Yizkor

Havdalah: 8:46 p.m.

30—22 Nisan 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and Pesach Service including Yizkor


8:00 p.m.2nd Night Seder

Havdalah: 8:41 p.m.

22—14 Nisan 23—15 Nisan 6:55 a.m. Fast of the First Born 9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service Study and Pesach Service

Candle Lighting Time: 7:42 p.m.

6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service—Special Healing Service—Please join us.

6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service—Rockin’ Ruach 7:00 p.m. Gil Elan and the Shabbat Update on Israel and the Middle East Candle Lighting Time:7:37 p.m.

7—28 Adar II


April 2016  22 Adar II to 22 Nisan 5776

7:00 p.m. Meeting of the CAS Board of Directors

25—17 Nisan

No Adult Education Classes

Intermediate Days April 25-28, services at 6:55 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.



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