Board Changes

Dear fellow Temple Israel Congregants,

In an effort to avoid confusion and encourage transparency, we wanted to send out a quick message to our Shul community regarding last night’s Board Meeting and our short-term future. Following the resignation of our Synagogue’s President and Executive Vice President, the Board of Trustees, under the authority granted in the Temple Israel Constitution, elected Gary Ginsburg to serve as President and Eric (Rick) Schwartz to serve as Executive Vice President for the remaining months of this current term. We are deeply humbled by this opportunity to serve and we thank Bob and Ken for their hard work and dedication to Temple Israel.

Over the months to come, the Board of Trustees will be finalizing the budget and continuing efforts to strategically plan for the future. Temple Israel members who are interested in taking a more active role in these processes are encouraged to contact our Main Office or Gary to discuss ways you can join committees and take on volunteer leadership roles.

Thank you all very much,

Gary Ginsburg and Rick Schwartz


A Jewish Scavenger Hunt: The Search for Chametz (Leaven)

The search is to be conducted Thursday, April 18, 2019. The search is conducted as early as possible following sundown. For those who cannot conduct the search at that time, the entire night is available. However, the search must be concluded by sunrise of the following morning. The search is done at night, traditionally using the light of a candle. You may want to consider a small flashlight. Ten (10) pieces of bread, or other chametz products, are placed in different areas of the house, areas in which it would be customary and usual to find chametz during the course of the year (thus excluding bathrooms from being “searched.”) Immediately before the search, after the candle has been lit, the blessing below is recited.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ד’ אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּנוּ עַל בִּעוּר חָמֵץ.

Ba-ruch atta Adonai, Eh-lo-hey-noo Me-lech ha-o-lam, a-sher keed-sha-noo b’mits-vo-tav v’tsee-va-noo al be-oor cha-metz.
Praised are You, Adonai our God, King of the universe who has sanctified us through His commandments, commanding us to remove all chametz.

After the search has been concluded, a Declaration of Nullification is recited. Ideally, there should be no talking between the time we recite the opening blessing and the time we conclude the Declaration of Nullification. As the “search” proceeds, the “found” pieces are scooped up with a feather and wooden spoon into a receptacle (usually a napkin or paper plate). The receptacle and the implement used to scoop the chametz into the receptacle are all wrapped together carefully and placed in a section of the house where it will not come in contact with the Pesach products which have already been set up. Both the blessing and Declaration are below. There are two Declarations, a nighttime version and a daytime version. Both are to be recited at the appropriate time.

B’deekat Chametz kits are available from the synagogue office.

Nighttime Declaration of Nullification

After the search, recite:

כָּל חֲמִירָא וַחֲמִיעָה דְּאִכָּא בִרְשׁוּתֵי דְּלָא חֲמִתֵּהּ וּדְלָא בַעַרִתֵּהּ וּדְלָא יַדַעְנָא לֵהּ לִבְטִיל וְלֶהֱוֵי הֶפְקֵר כְּעַפְרָא דְאַרְעָא.

Kol cha-me-rah va-cha-me-ah d’-ee-ka veer-shoo-tay, d’-la cha-me-tay ood-la va-ah-ree-tay, ood-la ya-da-na lay, leev-teel v’-leh-heh-vay hef-kare k’-af-ra d’-ah-ra.
All chametz in my possession which I have not seen or removed, or of which I am unaware, is hereby nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

Recitation of this declaration, and a similar one the following day, prevents us from violating the prohibition against chametz (Exodus 13: 7). In the morning, after the last meal of chametz, leftovers are added to the crumbs gathered the previous night. These are burned or thrown out. This concludes the ritual of banishing chametz from our dwellings.

Daytime Declaration of Nullification

In the morning, recite:

כָּל חֲמִירָא וַחֲמִיעָה דְּאִכָּא בִרְשׁוּתֵי דַּחֲזִתֵּהּ וּדְּלָא חֲזִתֵּהּ, דַּחֲמִתֵּהּ וּדְּלָא חֲמִתֵּהּ,דְבַעַרִיתֵּהּ וּדְלָא בַעַרִיתֵּהּ דְיַדַעְנָא לֵהּ וּדְלָא יַדַעְנָא לֵהּ לִבְטִיל וְלֶהֱוֵי הֶפְקֵר כְּעַפְרָא דְאַרְעָא.

Kol cha-me-rah va-cha-me-ah d’-ee-ka veer-shoo-tay, da-cha-ze-tay ood’-la cha-ze-tay, da-cha-me-tay ood’-la cha-me-tay, d’-va-ah-ree-tay ood-la va-ah-ree-tay, d’ya-da-na lay, ood-la ya-da-na lay, leev-teel v’-leh-heh-vay hef-kare k’-af-ra d’-ah-ra.
All chametz in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have removed it or not, is hereby nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.

Reflection: Adonai, our God and God of our ancestors, just as I have removed all chametz from my home and from my ownership, so may I evict the evil inclination from my heart, and may You dislodge the evil from the earth.


Be-your Chametz: Burning the Chametz

The burning of the chametz is done between sunrise and the fourth hour of the day (determined by computing the total number of minutes in the day, dividing by “12” and multiplying by “4”). The Declaration of Nullification (daytime version) must be recited not later than the fifth hour of the day. No chametz may be eaten after the fourth hour; no chametz may be used, sold, or handled after the sixth hour. These time restrictions reflect elements of the sacrificial system that existed during the period of the Second Temple. The chametz, therefore, must be burned and Declaration recited, on Friday, April 19, by 11:46 AM. Many people recite the Declaration as the chametz is burning.


From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture

Please join Cantor Marx for a trip to New York City

From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture
Monday, April 15 at 8:00pm
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

The concert — on Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. — is part of the historic Manhattan theater’s citywide festival, “Migrations: The Making of America.” Eager to share the experience with our readers, the Forward secured coveted seats in the Orchestra section.

From Shtetl to Stage celebrates the journey of Yiddish culture from Old World to New through music, song, poetry, and drama. A company of extraordinary Yiddish talent—as well as stars of the classical, folk, and theater worlds—mix chestnuts from the Yiddish theater and folk song repertoire with Yiddish-tinged vaudeville, art song, classical music, and klezmer in a program that explores how Eastern European Jewish culture interacted with and contributed to American culture at large.

Seth Rogovoy, Creator and Producer
Eleanor Reissa, Creator, Director, and Vocalist
Boris Sandler and Lyudmila Sholokhova, Historical Advisers

Mike Burstyn, Vocalist
Eri Kang, Piano
Evgeny Kissin, Piano
David Krakauer, Clarinet
Katrina Lenk, Vocalist
Zalmen Mlotek, Piano
Gil Shaham, Violin
Kathleen Tagg, Piano

Shane Baker, Actor
Joanne Borts, Vocalist
Avi Hoffman, Vocalist
Elmore James, Vocalist
Daniel Kahn, Vocalist, Accordion, and Guitar
Cantor Yaakov "Yanky" Lemmer, Vocalist
Dani Marcus, Vocalist
Cilla Owens, Vocalist
Allen Lewis Rickman, Actor
Yelena Shmulenson, Actor
Lorin Sklamberg, Vocalist and Accordion

Frank London, Music Director, Conductor, and Trumpet
Richie Barshay, Drums
Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
Yoshie Fruchter, Guitars, Banjo, and Mandolin
Keryn Kleiman, Violin
Dan Rosengard, Piano
Jordan Sand, Bass
Michael Winograd, Clarinet