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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.

As we work together with our extended temple family may we find harmony and peace.

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 PTBAS Membership Committee met with the Beth Emeth Membership Committee and we are planning many wonderful things for the year ahead. Stay turned and we will inform you very soon. Meanwhile, we wish everyone a healthy and happy new year!Membership Committee

Suzanne Lechnos, Chair
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Jewish Cultural Committee

Are you interested in the Jews of Italy, from ancient Rome through modern times? You are in luck. The Center for Jewish History, located at West 16th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan, is having a "Rome Lab" and is featuring all kinds of programs concerning Jewish life in Rome. These include a curator's tour regarding the Arch of Titus ("Imagery and Legacy from Imperial Rome to modern
Israel") on October 16 at 6:30 PM, a discussion on the rights of this minority religion under Roman law on October 19 at 6:30 PM, and a presentation concerning the poetry of Immanuel Da Roma on October 22 at 6:30 PM. You can also visit an exhibition of 150 works of the noted Italian artist
Modigliani at the Jewish Museum on 5th Avenue and 92nd Street.
Are you interested in the Jews of Eastern Europe? You, too, are in luck. Sign up for a trip to the Yiddish Book Center in Massachusetts. We will be going by bus, leaving from TBE, on Saturday, November 11 after services, and returning there the following evening. The cost is $220 per person, double
occupancy, and $260 for a single person, and includes
admission to this fascinating center (where we will have a tour), admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the bus, the hotel, and a continental breakfast. What a deal! Register with Union Temple, and let me or Helene Smith know if you plan to
participate. We remember the wonderful time we had last year when we travelled with Union Temple (and Garden City Jewish Center) to Baltimore, and look forward to another great experience.

Yvette Pomeranz, Co-Chair

Social Action Committee

As our near and far communities reach out for help,
we at PTBAS have shown compassion, love and
strength. Thank you to all who contributed to our gift
card drive to assist those in the Houston area who
have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Our
connection was very personal since Toby Greenberg
is living in that area and, as of this writing, we have
been able to send over $500 in gift cards to
Congregation Jewish Community North. We have
heard back from their Rabbi Jonathan Siger with
much gratitude. Our annual Rosh Hashanah food
drive is underway and we will again supply bags of
unexpired and non-perishable food to the Center for
Family Life. Bags will be available at services and can be brought to PTBAS through Sukkot. We also have an option to make a donation to Mazon either on their website, www.mazon.org, or by check in the
envelopes available at PTBAS. Thank you to all who
have helped us provide for others in our community.
As a member of the Interfaith Coalition of Brooklyn
we are able to offer social action opportunities as a
congregation and as individuals. Both the Children of Abraham Peace Walk and Interfaith Symposium on September 10th were opportunities to gather and
learn. An Interfaith Columbus Day Walking Tour is
being offered by the Coalition with a visit to The
Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park on October 9th including a guided tour and a bring your own picnic lunch. No charge but it does require an RSVP. At this writing the date has passed but we are sure they will take latecomers if you send an email to events@emjc.org.

The group is meeting at the Newkirk Plaza Q/B station at 10am, rain or shine, on October 9th.
We have instituted our Social Action Email Alerts and will continue to keep you informed of upcoming
opportunities. We are looking forward to joining
forces with TBE to make our social action reach even greater! Thanks again to committee members and congregants for ideas and for taking action! Chag Sameach … have a wonderful Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

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!
ARZA opposes National Union-Tkuma Campaign’s West Bank Policy

New York, NY; September 8, 2017 – The Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) strongly opposes a campaign launched by the National Union- Tkuma party that advocates dismantling the Palestinian Authority, annexing all of the West Bank into Israel, doubling the Jewish population there, and paying Palestinians to leave their homes in the West Bank and move to an Arab Country.

ARZA supports a two-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict as the only way to assure peace between our two peoples with defined borders, security, mutual recognition of each other’s national sovereignty, and an end to the conflict. ARZA regards the National Union-Tkuma proposal as an insult to the Palestinians because it reduces their attachment to the land of their ancestors and their own national aspirations for sovereignty in the West Bank to a financial incentive.
ARZA urges the government of Israel to reject this plan and reaffirm the principle of a two-states for two-peoples resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
ARZA’s Position Paper on a Two States for Two People’s resolution of the conflict can be found   at http://arza.org/resource/17.
Show your support for progressive Judaism in Israel by becoming a member of ARZA. You will shortly receive our letter urging you to join ARZA. We ask you to complete the membership form, at the bottom of that letter, and return it to the Temple office along with a check made out to PTBAS. Of the $36.00 in annual dues, $2.00 will stay at PTBAS, for Israel-related programming, and the balance we will send directly to ARZA.

To inform and educate yourself about Israel and ARZA please go to arza.org and to urj.org.

Tamara Kerner, Chair
Catering Committee

I hope all congregants have enjoyed a happy and healthy summer.

The New Year will be upon us shortly, and the Catering/Light Lunch Committee is gearing up toward a successful year. We will prepare a festive Selichot collation to be followed by Break-the-Fast following Neilah services on Yom Kippur night. On Saturday, October 14, we will have a final luncheon to say farewell to Boro Park. This is sponsored by the Temple and is open to all dues paying only members.

A flyer will be sent out with the details. As it will be catered, we will require definite reservations, since we don't want food left in the building.

On Shabbat, October 7, after services, Charlotte, Ellyn and I will be celebrating our birthdays with the Temple family. Please share this event with us.

For the future, we look forward to putting our heads together with the ladies of TBE. The Catering Committee wishes all congregants and friends a Happy, Healthy and Joyous New Year.

Helene Smith, ChairCatering Committee

Facts From Fundraising

We are pleased to inform you that the combined PTBAS/TBE Fundraising Committee has met.
We ask that you save the following dates for events that will prove to be both fun and raise funds for our combined entities:

Thursday, Nov. 30 (location off site)
Sunday, Jan 7
Sunday, Mar. 11
Sunday, May 6
Watch this space for locations and other details.

See you in fundraising land!

Pam Glantzman, Co-Chair
Charity Committee Report-June 2017

Thanks to the generous contributions of the Temple Family we had $3,398.41 available for distribution.

Cantor Bernstein graciously added to that, making it an even $3,400. Thank you Cantor!

The following charities were chosen for the 2016- 2017 season. Thirteen charities received $250:

1. Shutaf: Jerusalem-based program for youth with special needs.
2. HUC Soup Kitchen.
3. Guy M. Stewart Cancer Fund.
4. Knights of Pythias Veteran’s Committee: postage for packages for U.S. military service personnel.
5. Friends of Yad LaKashish/Lifeline for the Old: Jerusalem program supporting the elderly. Seniors create crafts and Judaica for sale to support the program.
6. Hazon.
7. HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society).
8. Safe Horizon: provides support for victims of crime and abuse.
9. PAWS NY: helps NYC’s vulnerable residents remain with their pets by delivering critical programs/services.
10. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
11. Jewish Broadcasting Service: non-profit national Jewish TV network, formerly Shalom TV – www.jbstv.org.
12.Smile Train: free surgery for kids with cleft lips/palates.
13. Givat Haviva in Israel’s Center for Shared Society, “Through Others’ Eyes,” which brings Israeli Arab and Jewish teens together through photography.

And one charity received $150:14. North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry.

Thank You, Congregants, for helping to make the world a better place. Please consider making a charity contribution this year during the High Holidays, so we can continue to make a difference!

Faye Levine Guskin, Chair