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PO Box 26 052, Epsom, Auckland 1344, New Zealand
Tel: 09 524 4139 Fax: 0282 552 3027
Office: Christine O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org
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For those who missed it, my High Holy Days speech is reproduced here .....
Shana Tova. May it be a sweet and healthy New Year for each of you and your family and friends.
It is hard to believe that a whole year has flown by. We have celebrated births, B’nei Mitzvot, weddings and funerals; all full of love and tears. We have welcomed several visiting Rabbis and a new Shlicha. We have welcomed new members to our family and farewelled those who have left our shores. The constant in all of this has been Beth Shalom - the link that binds us together.
As I hope most of you know, the board participated in a strategic planning session last May, and then asked for community input in the form of a survey. We received over 60 responses, which was a fantastic return. The specifics are being collated and as promised, focus groups will be organised in the next few weeks. I just wanted to share a few of the responses that came back for the question: What do you like most about being a member at Beth Shalom?
- A feeling of family and connection
- The sense of community
- Friendship and feeling welcome
- Sense of identity and belonging
- Warmth and friendliness of our congregation
We are obviously doing something right.
Of course, there were also suggestions of what we can do better and what would increase your engagement with the shul. All of that will be closely examined and acted on as appropriate as well. Although the rabbinic candidate who came to visit was not the fit we were looking for, we have not abandoned the search. It will be revised and revisited. We are still very aware that the board needs to call a special general meeting as soon as the financials are professionally audited. It is still a work in progress. I know that is unacceptable to some of you, but I can’t do more than apologise again and push forward in hopes of getting it to you soon.
There are a few people that I would like to single out for their contributions over the past year. First, although our torah scrolls are currently dressed in their holiday finery, I would like to thank Helen Schamroth and Lilach Cohen for their beautiful designs for the new mantles we use the rest of the year. I would also like to thank Aunty Rachel and Sue Kranz who generously donated the mantles and to Olga Bernstein and Chris Shiller for driving the project from the start.
I would also like to thank Naomi Johnson and the entire ritual committee for their tireless work in making sure everything runs smoothly whenever a service is involved. This goes far beyond the time spent in shul during t’fillah. It is hours of prep, oversight and organization. You are all a blessing to our community. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has come to Beth Shalom. be it for a special mitzvot, a pot luck, or to volunteer in the garden or the Hebrew school. Whether you were here for prayer, for study, for a social event…. Thank you. You are all why we do what we do and why Beth Shalom continues to be a vibrant community.
Finally, I want to end with a poem that I read recently and believe is particularly appropriate for the New Year. It was written by a Native American poet from the Muscogee (Creek) tribe named Joy Harjo and it reminds us that there is much to be thankful for and that we can find the beauty in anything if we stop to look.
Praise the Rain by Joy Harjo
Praise the rain; the seagull dive
The curl of plant, the raven talk—
Praise the hurt, the house slack
The stand of trees, the dignity—
Praise the dark, the moon cradle
The sky fall, the bear sleep—
Praise the mist, the warrior name
The earth eclipse, the fired leap—
Praise the backwards, upward sky
The baby cry, the spirit food—
Praise canoe, the fish rush
The hole for frog, the upside-down—
Praise the day, the cloud cup
The mind flat, forget it all—
Praise crazy. Praise sad.
Praise the path on which we're led.
Praise the roads on earth and water.
Praise the eater and the eaten.
Praise beginnings; praise the end.
Praise the song and praise the singer.
Praise the rain; it brings more rain.
Praise the rain; it brings more rain.
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Wishing you Shana Tovah and Gmar Chatima Tovah, we send you our love on the Eve of Rosh haShanah after a few weeks into our new life here in Germany.
The new job has already started and its scope, responsibilities and pleasures are crystallising. While I’m at the office Caroline is spending her time with Hannah, trying to fill the gap Kadimah and CK (Hannah’s other daycare) have left. (It looks like a mission impossible to get a place in a local kindergarten. Even the Jewish kindies are fully overbooked…) Fortunately Berlin is just two hours away, so family and friends are relatively nearby.
We think a lot about all of you and miss you. May the New Year bring an Inscription into the Book of Friendship, as well, so we get to see each-other sooner than we might think.
With our best wishes for the New Year,
Eliah, Caroline and Hannah
What a great start to a new year. Our Sunday school had lots of fun making pots to decorate our succa. We used recycled materials and planted them with herbs, veggies and flowers to decorate our lovely succa. You are all welcome to purchase a hanging plant at the end of succot and the funds will go to the shul.
Thanks to Terry Haffern, and Shirley Fiddell for our lulavim and sach as well as putting together the succa. Thanks to Carmit and Shai Aharon for making up our lulav, willow and myrtle bunches. Thanks to Naomi Johnson for the sach and Lenny Bloksberg for the delivery. And thanks to all the adults who helped oversee our decoration process with hot glue guns, and lots of industrious students. Thanks Ivor Gerber, Ray and Helen Whitworth, Tamar Liebman- McGrath, Hannah Moritz, Alana and Asher, Trudy Sawyer. It is such a great feeling when our Sunday school teachers Carol McCracken and Ted and Tami Harris get all of your support.
We need three more teachers: It has come to my attention that our Sunday school will be in need of 3 new teachers this coming year. I would like all our members and especially parents to please think seriously about teaching in our Sunday school. Our school is run with volunteers and we need your help. Our youth are the future of the Jewish people. I am willing to work together with you to plan classes.
Introduction to Judaism
We have had some great guest speakers recently. It has been great to see our wonderful students engage with these great thinkers.
Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman
We opened up the class to the whole community when Rabbi Levi led us in an amazing lecture on the Spirit and Meaning of Prayer in preparation for Yom Kippur. We practiced some meditative techniques and Jewish sources. It was very inspiring. We were so lucky to have Rabbi Levi here with us again this year. He also led a very interesting torah study class on September 8th and great study session on Yom Kippur and of course, wonderful tefillot and niggunim.
It is really special how many people have come together to help contribute to the Introduction to Judaism course.
We are planning to invite Rabbi Keren Black to the Beit Din in March 2019 and start another course in February.
Dates to note
A group of Beth Shalom members has commenced, to think of and pray for individuals in our community, who are in need of healing.
The idea is that this group is not an organised group or minyan. Simply, caring people who, when made aware of the need, help healing with the power of prayer.
And that families in distress might receive comfort from the knowledge that this is taking place.
Caring for the unwell is part of being a community.
For those interested, I can supply articles: “The Jewish Way in Healing”, and some scientific research on the positive power of prayer in healing.
If you wish to be part of this group
Or, if you know of someone who is unwell that would appreciate our prayer
Please contact Leon Goldwater or Christine O’Brien at shul office
Leon: email@example.com 020 403 88054
Christine: firstname.lastname@example.org 524 4139
The Ritual Committee would like to thank the many people who helped make our High Holy Days so memorable.
First we would like to thank Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman for joining us at Yom Tov for a second time and for enhancing our services with his leadership, inspiration and wisdom. We also thank our service leaders: Terry and Desiree Gelbart (Selichot) Pam Miller, Chris Shiller, Paul Wilton, Chris Milton, Terry Haffern, Naomi Johnson, Jessamie Milton, the B&B Society and Terry Gelbart; the torah readers Chris Shiller, Norma Delgarno, Roger Reynolds, Idit Forster and Deb Miller; the shammashim; Paul for organising the singing group practices and the members of the singing group who practised week after week; Chris and the Dry Bones Musicians, Yotam Levy our cellist and Chris for singing Kol Nidrei; Terry Haffern for putting up the decorations, Deb Miller for all her support to the Ritual committee and for her children’s activities with Stav Rogel; Lenny and Anton our shofar blowers and Pam our shofar caller; Terry G for our posters, Bill for putting out the chairs, Melany and Silvia for preparing the apples and honey, Ted and Anne for supplying the honey, Melany and team for preparing the break fast, Steve Daniels for singing El Norah and for leading havdalah and Chris Shiller for making the spice sachets, Zarina and Jan for cleaning the silverware, Scarecrow for the beautiful flowers, Ruth and Raoul Ketko for collecting the etrogim, Deb Miller, Lenny, Shirley Fiddell , Leon, Terry and others who collected or schlepped greenery for the sukkah, and the B&B for leading the K'ver Avot service.
We thank the Board for their support and Christine O’Brien for all her work in the background which ensures that things go smoothly. We also thank anyone we may have missed in this long list. It is one big team effort and the Ritual Committee appreciates the willingness of so many people to help.
On a personal note I would very much like to thank the Ritual Committee – Leon, Chris M, Terry G, Carol, Pam, Bill, and Melany who worked tirelessly with me planning the festivals and doing their action points.
MARCH OF THE LIVING 2019 applications are now open
Find out how you can be part of this incredible journey that will take place in between
28 April to 12 May 2019 in Poland and Israel
Contact Esther Haver the MOTL NZ coordinator at:
Applications are open to students in year 12 or 13 in 2019.
Most of us, these days, are conscious of rising prices. So, it should come as no surprise that the cost of being laid to rest has also increased.
With this in mind, we asked the B&B’s accredited and highly expert funeral directors, Davis Funeral Services, to provide us with a run- down of current costs. Here are some of the figures, they provided:
Fee for professional services $ 3,199-00
Transfer costs (starting at) $290-00
Mortuary Care $819-00
Hearse Hire. $465-00
Classic Flat-lid Funeral Casket $1,199-00
Death Certificate (plus copies) $33-00
Burial (Plot) cost $4,500-00
Interment Fee (digging) $1,200-00
Cremation Fee $775-00
Dr’s Cremation Authorisation. $180-00
This list is not comprehensive. Nor, however, will every item on the list apply in all cases. For example, standard burials do not incur a Cremation Fee. Conversely, cremations don’t require a full-sized burial plot. Some standard items not included on the list include placing a death notice in a newspaper, printing service sheets and hiring a chapel for the funeral service.
When a large turnout is expected, we normally recommend holding the service at Davis’s own funeral chapel, which can currently be hired for $499.00. For smaller gatherings, we characteristically recommend a non-denominational chapel at Waikumete, within walking distance of our burial ground. A further alternative is to avoid chapel hireage altogether, by holding the entire service at the graveside.
Some bereaved families also chose to use Davis’s facilities for holding a post-funeral reception. Costs for this currently include $315.00 for hiring a reception lounge and a minimum catering charge of $10 per head.
Of course, there are some cost items that simply don’t apply in the case of Jewish funerals. You won’t need to pay for flowers. Nor will you need to hire an organist. Moreover, if the deceased has been a member of the B&B in good standing for five or more years, a competent, empathetic and experienced funeral officiant will be provided free of charge.
A fee of just $200 is charged when a member of less than five years good standing passes away. However, the cost to non-members currently stands at $1,200 for the B&B’s services, with a further $800 for those of Beth Shalom’s rabbi, should there be one available.
One thing to remember is that these prices are all likely to rise over the coming months and years. So, membership of the B&B makes financial sense, even where it doesn’t remove some substantial cost items.