THE CAS NEWSLETTER January 2018
Upcoming services and events
Sunday, January 6, 2019, 10:00am – 12:30pm: Study session at the home of Rabbi Cohen. Bagels and coffee included, so a commitment is needed for planning. Please send a firm RSVP by the Thursday before this event to .
Saturday, January 12, 10:00am: Shabbat Service followed by coffee, tea, pastry and conversation.
Monday, January 14, 6:00pm: CAS Board Meeting.
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 9:00am – 1:00pm: People's Pantry at St. James Place, Great Barrington, MA.Generally 2 hour shifts: contact Walter Orenstein at to participate. If schools in Great Barrington are closed for snow ... so is the Pantry.
Saturday, January 26, 10:00am: Shabbat Service followed by coffee, tea, pastry and conversation.
Sunday, January 27, 10:15am: Book Group: "Dinner at the Center of the Earth" by Nathan Englander. Please contact Diana Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org for location of this meeting. Check for changes as this group occasionally changes the date or time.
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CAS honors Kay and Mike Jaffe
On Friday, November 30th, the congregation honored Kay and Mike Jaffe at a special Shabbat service. The Jaffes have been very active, long-time members of CAS who are moving to Florida in December. They have been an integral part of the book club, attended Barbara’s Torah study sessions at the synagogue, and were volunteers for many organizations in the larger community, including the People’s Pantry. They attended most CAS programs and events and were always willing and ready to help support the congregation. They will be truly missed.
Our 2018 Chanukah Party
The 2018 CAS Chanukah Party will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
This year, the celebration will at the synagogue on North Street!
Both floors of our building will be radiating light and featuring a delectable selection of vegetarian pot luck dishes. Please bring your menorah and candles; remember this is the 7th night of Chanukah. Please bring latkes and/or your favorite dish. If you haven’t already sent in your RSVP by now, please do so immediately (contact Alison Adams-Weinberg at email@example.com or 914-319-1621). We need to know how many people are coming, what you are bringing to the feast, and whether you can help with the set-up or clean-up.
Milchidika with Marty: Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire, Act II
In a previous column, I introduced you to my wife Isabelle, who also likes to write. She wrote the short story, "One Thousand Dollars."
It was the story of how, when she was on her way to college; her mother, who had scrimped and saved all of her life; gave her $1.000 to buy the proper clothes for school. She then went with an aunt to pick out her wardrobe; and when she arrived at college, her roommate looked at her brand new clothes and told her "that she had no taste."
But as we grow past the college years, there are other things to consider. Here are Isabelle's thoughts.
Which is Harder: Getting Older or Moving?
I guess both are moving
in a sense.
Moving from familiar
Going into territory
yet to be mastered.
If you have a sense of yourself,
Who you are
Deep within you
And carry it with you
From place to place,
Then home is where you are
You have that inner you
To come home to.
The CAS Upstairs Gallery: Lori Rothstein Art Exhibition
Lori Rothstein is exhibiting a large group of her paintings in the Upstairs Art Gallery, as one of a continuing series of art shows by CAS members. The exhibit runs from December 8ththrough mid January.
Lori graduated from a high school in the northern suburbs of Chicago that provided a wide array of art opportunities. She took classes in the fundamentals of drawing and painting and experimented in techniques of etching and sculpture.
She attended the University of Michigan School of Art (now the Stamps School of Art & Design) in Ann Arbor for two years, where she enjoyed introductions to ceramics, watercolor, color theory, figure drawing and graphic design in a new state-of-the-art building, inspiring her interest in architecture and interior design.
Formally leaving UofM after attending a one year program in intensive interior design study at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Lori transferred to Pratt and matriculated as a Junior, graduating with a BFA in Interior Design with honors in 1982.
At Interior Contract Furnishings (ICF) in Manhattan from 1981 to 1987, she worked as a graphic artist on their catalogs and as a designer and draftsman creating residential and commercial spaces using the company’s kitchen and bathroom cabinets and their furniture line. She also designed the company’s furniture display showrooms around the country. Her work at ICF offered the opportunity to create and supervise installations in apartments and offices, both simple and celebrity, in Manhattan and the surrounding area. Designing and supervising the installation of presentations at national and regional furniture fairs and supervising installation of product displays in the company’s showroom displays, she traveled to cities across the US.
After a short period working in Manhattan at a different kitchen cabinet company, selling custom wood cabinets built in England (and during which time she married her husband, Dan), Lori also worked as an office systems designer and installation supervisor for WB Wood, a furniture procurement and project management organization that installed Herman Miller office systems in the Time-Life building in Manhattan and Chemical Bank branches throughout the NYC and suburban area during her tenure.
After working freelance intermittently, always sketching, raising a family with Dan, and helping him to grow their CPA business, she finally returned to fine art in earnest a few years ago. Starting with figure drawing sessions on Sunday mornings and taking a variety of art classes offered in the area, Lori worked to find her visual “voice.”
Working in watercolor, acrylic, collage and multi-media, she currently paints primarily en plein air (in the open air) in oil.
Her signature “LJAR” stands for her full name, Loretta Jean Armstrong Rothstein.
So much energy is packed into Lori's contemplative work. Masterful brushwork and rich, beautiful color choices compose her engaging still-life and landscape paintings. Come see them!
Connecticut River Valley Tree in Garden, Clermont
CAS Book Group
On Sunday, December 16th at 10:15 a.m. the CAS Book Group will discuss I’ll Always Have Paris: A Memoir by Art Buchwald.
Reviewed as funny, enchanting, poignant, and a true delight, I’ll Always Have Paris is filled with columnist Art Buchwald’s wonderful gift for storytelling. After growing up as a Jewish foster child from Queens, Buchwald began his young career at the age of 22 in 1948 by covering sidewalk cafes and weddings for the legendary Paris Herald Tribune. For the next 14 years he developed a life and career socializing and reporting on the folkways and foibles of some of the most powerful and famous people in the world. He married, adopted 3 children, and created the family and home he never had.
Please contact Diana Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org for the location of this meeting and for any further information.
Our Online Presence
One of the difficult decisions about sending out a bunch of email blasts is maintaining the balance between enough information and too much information. We’re very aware of this issue. While we don’t want to overload your inboxes with unnecessary emails, we also dowant to keep you informed about what’s happening at CAS and our local community.
With this in mind, you have probably recognized how we have structured our email schedule. Here is the sequence of emails that we send on a regular basis:
Each Sunday: “Happening this week at CAS”
Each Thursday: “A Message from our Rabbi”
On the first of each month: THE CAS NEWSLETTERis published and presents a great variety of schedules, informative articles and wonderful photographs; it’s accessed through the CAS website (ahavathsholom.com).
There are also occasionalTuesday messages when something “special” or unexpected comes up – and, of course, our comprehensive CAS WEBSITEis always availableand contains virtually all of our information in one convenient place.
Also note that at the top right hand corner of our website you can click on “Join Our Email List” to receive the email notices listed above.
The CAS End-of-year Fundraising Drive
Dear CAS members and friends:
This year was a very successful one for the congregation and the Ahavath Sholom community, highlighted by the ordination of our spiritual leader, Rabbi Barbara Cohen. We enjoyed inspiring Friday evening and Saturday morning Shabbat services and celebrated wonderful High Holy Day services at the South Berkshire Regional Community Center. The congregation hosted informative guest lecturers in programs open to the entire Berkshire community. The CAS website and monthly newsletters were developed further, the Book Group held their monthly meetings, Rabbi Cohen conducted two series of study sessions, and the congregation helped to staff and support the People’s Pantry. We also continued renovating our historic building on North Street.
While we completed a number of vital structural renovations to our building, we must move forward with a number of important new endeavors. We have decided to purchase and install a stairlift, so that all our members and visitors have access to the many programs and events that we offer on our second floor meeting room and facilities. There are trees surrounding the synagogue which must be trimmed or removed, and the building needs to be power washed. Finally, we have to underwrite our operating budget for 2019; as you are probably well aware, membership dues cover only a portion of our yearly expenses.
We are once again turning to you to help with our year-end fundraising campaign to support the congregation and our continuing building renovation. Please give generously. You can send a check or your credit card information or use the “donate” button on our comprehensive website (www.ahavathsholom.com). If you choose to make a donation by December 31, it would be deductible from your 2018 taxes. However, all donations are welcome at any time!
The congregation is looking forward to another exciting year of services and events. We greatly appreciate any financial support you can give us at this time.
The CAS Board of Directors
A Final Session at the Don Victor Photography Archive
The committee working on the CAS Historical Project visited the historic Ramsdell Library in November for the selection of a final group of photographs related to the synagogue. Barbara Janoff, Arthur Hillman and Michele Waldman completed their examination of some of the remaining files in Don Victor’s nearly 200 file boxes of images. Throughout the visits to the second floor of the library, Bernie Drew, Great Barrington historian, columnist and author, offered his assistance and scanned all of the images the committee selected; CAS is most grateful for his help! This newsletter will continue to publish a number of these photographs under the Keep Smiling!article in this newsletter and each future issue.
Photograph by Bernard Drew
Mike and Kay Jaffe in 2004
Dan Rothstein, Lori Rothstein and Diana Richter in 2004
“Much of our experience of divine goodness, grace and love has come to us through those whose lives have touched our own.” Kol Haneshamah
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Abraham R. Diamond
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In Memory of Bud Elliott
Arthur and Louise Hillman
In Memory of Mildred Hillman
Arthur and Louise Hillman
In Memory of Beala Stark Schifffman
Stephen and Lisa Schiffman