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Caring Committee

Volunteers are needed to make phone calls and/or visits to those who are ill or have suffered a loss. It is especially important to keep in touch with those who are grieving after the initial mourning period. If you know that someone is in need of a visit or a call, please contact one of our co-chairs.
We are always looking for new members and would appreciate any ideas to make the committee more efficient.
June is the month of hope and promise. We hope
you have a healthy and safe summer.

Co-Chairs  Gene Guskin at 917-533-6231
                    Debbie Belsky at 718-252-8030
                    Frema Schneier at 718-236-4047

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Membership Committee

The Membership Committee thanks everyone who
attended the dinner on Shavuot to welcome new members. We especially thank Cantor Bernstein and Helene Smith, who made it such a success. And, we look forward to welcoming more new members in the future. The Membership Committee wishes everyone a safe and happy summer.

Suzanne Lechnos, Chair
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Jewish Cultural Committee

Now that the summer is finally upon us, we can expect pleasant weather, and we can have even more motivation to pursue Jewish cultural interests. How about going to a free concert on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM at Summerstage in Central Park (East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue)? Called "Yiddish Soul,” this will feature the Klezmatics, as well as Zusha (a Chassidic hip-hop group), the a capella Maccabeats, and cantors from two different synagogues. The following
night enjoy Shir Chadash in a program of 270 Years of Jewish Choral Music, at 7:00 p.m. closer to home at Union Temple, for $15 ($20 at the door).

Perhaps you are intrigued by the past and present of the Lower East Side. The Eldridge Street Synagogue presents a concert of Lower East Side Sounds on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 PM and, on Sunday, June 18th from noon to 4:00 PM, a street fair ("Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas"), both of which include Jewish, Chinese, and Latin American music.
The street fair also has arts and crafts, such as yarmulke making. While the fair is free, please register.

On June 7th, at 6:30 PM, join the author Dara Horn (we read one or two of her books!) at the Center for Jewish History for her insights on the role of Jerusalem in modern Hebrew literature, as you tour the Jerusalem exhibit. The cost is $10 ($5 for seniors). On Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 PM at this same venue, treat yourself to "An Evening of Yiddish Song.” Don't forget the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Battery Park. On Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 PM, see "Fanny's Journey,” which is a French film with English subtitles telling the story of three Jewish children who have been living in an Italian foster home who try to escape to Switzerland when the Nazis arrive. The cost is $15. On Thursday, June 22, at 2:00 PM, the program
"Rediscovering Hannah Senesh" will be presented. It promises to provide new important information which would certainly be of interest, since we have been learning about Hannah for so many years, courtesy of Harry Bialor and his Society. It is free but you must register.
 Lastly, Folksbiene will be putting on a production of "Amerike--the Golden Land,” described as the musical journey of an immigrant people, later in the summer, at this location. Watch out for it.

I know that it seems only yesterday that the Jewish Cultural Committee was sponsoring a trip to Jewish Baltimore. (We received great feedback from the presentation at Shabbat across America, and I want to thank Doreen Aronow, Linda Feller, Tamara Kerner, Helene Smith, and Eric Platt for being great travelling companions and for their enthusiastic
photography. Thanks especially to Eric for preparing the slide show!).

So now we are preparing to go on the road again. Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, home to Hazon, and located in Falls Village, Connecticut, will be running "Let My People Sing!" from Thursday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 6th.. We will be learning and singing all types of Jewish music. The Center is on 400 acres of forest and meadow and has a pool, lakes, a farm, and a tennis court. You can go walking and hiking, or take a yoga class. There will be Shabbat services. If you wish, you can drive to Tanglewood or Williamstown. The
cost includes lodging, programming, and meals. It is $280 for a dormitory with bunk beds, $370 for a basic room, double occupancy, with a shared bathroom, and $420 for a standard room, double occupancy, with a private bathroom. There are more expensive options, also, including a private room. Financial aid may be available. If you don't want to drive up there, you can contact the Center for "ridesharing" (i.e. car pooling). You can also take the Metro North Harlem Line to
Wassaic and take a cab to the Center for $20 (you should arrange this with the Center) or catch a shuttle from the train to the Center (they run at certain designated times.) Please let me or Helene know if you are interested. We hope to see you there!

Have a great summer!
Yvette Pomeranz, Co-Chair

Fundraising Committee

We thank everyone for their support over the 2016- 2017 season We look forward to bringing you some unique programming in the next season.

Thanks to Maxine Feldman and the musical talent that she put together for the program in May. The
entertainment was varied and widely acclaimed by our audience. For those who missed it and see video on Facebook, it does not begin to demonstrate the marvelous musicality of the program. Please join us for upcoming events live and in person.

Kudos to the elves who make up the Fundraising Committee: they are Yvette Pomeranz, co-chair, who
keeps me from diving off the deep end, along with Mady Kaye, the voice of reason, Joel Moss, prime
record keeper, Tamara Kerner, our graphics designer, and Myron Klein, the king of us all.

May we continue to grow from strength to strength.
Pam Glantzman, Co-ChairFundraising Committee

Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee met to discuss possibilities for the upcoming year. We are looking at two areas of social action: Partnering with organizations that have existing opportunities such as HIAS, Repair The World, URJ, NCJW, Synagogues, etc. and our holiday and seasonal
drives such as Chanukah gift bags, food drives, etc.
As opportunities arise, we will let you know by email and at services. Thanks to everyone on the committee for their ideas and energy. Have a fun

Susan Sysler, Chair
.50-50 Raffle Drawing

50-50 raffles are again available on an ongoing basis until the big winner is selected at the Brotherhood Picnic in June next year. If you buy a raffle for $1 every time you come to temple (except Shabbat), you’ll not only make the pot bigger, but increase your chances of
winning as well!
May was a busy month for our ARZA Committee. On Saturday, May 6th, we participated in a special Shabbat
Service in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), after service we had a delicious Israeli style luncheon and a program of Israeli Dancing.
All had a great time, and we were especially pleased to welcome the many members of Beth Emeth who joined
us in the celebration. On Friday May 19th the ARZA Committee led Erev Shabbat services in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day.) Our focus was on the Jubilee 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem
as a result of the 1967 Six Day War.
We would like to thank the 25 PTBAS members who have become members of ARZA during this past year. A special thank you goes out to our very own PTBAS Brotherhood for their generous gift to the ARZA restricted funds; it will go a long way in assuring that we can continue to bring Israeli related programming to our congregation and community. By supporting ARZA you support the work of moving Israel towards a more progressive and egalitarian Israel. To inform and educate yourself about Israel and ARZA, please go to www.arza.org and to www.urj.org

The ARZA Committee wishes you all a relaxing, fun
filled and fulfilling summer.

                                 Tamara Kerner
                          ARZA Committee Chair
Catering Committee

April and May have been busy for the Catering Committee. We celebrated the second night Seder with our friends from Temple Beth Emeth. Rabbi Heidi and Cantor Suzanne coordinated the service, about 60 people attended and that included the children. It was fun watching them scoot around the social hall seeking the Afikomen. The meal was
catered by Meal Mart of Avenue M, and they did an excellent job. The folks from Beth Emeth could not believe how good everything was.
In between we have put together a few light lunches and culminated the month by celebrating Shavuot. We celebrated the holiday by enjoying a dairy meal
catered by Bassett's, which was followed by cheese cake, etc. and our annual Study Session. This event was sponsored by Linda Feller in honor of her 75th birthday.
The Catering Committee will be available should you wish to share a simcha with your Temple Family.

Have a good summer and stay healthy.
Helene Smith, Chair