Cultivating Our Sixth Sense: Choosing Life

The scariest moment that I ever spent in a movie theater was when I realized that the main character in The Sixth Sense had been dead for most of the movie. What scared me was not the movie itself, but the idea that dead people don’t know that they’re dead. I was terrified because I knew, from my experiences with so many people, that I talk to dead people all the time. (more…)

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The Hoopoe – Israel’s National Bird

The Hoopoe is 25–29cm long, with a 44–48cm wingspan. This black, white and pink bird is quite unmistakable, especially in its erratic flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly. The crest is erectile, but is mostly kept closed. It walks on the ground like a starling.The song is a trisyllabic "oop-oop-oop", which gives rise to its English and scientific names.       Dirty, treif, but fit for a king, the hoopoe's our nat'l bird May. 29, 2008ADAM KREDO & GREER FAY CASHMAN , THE JERUSALEM POST Our newly crowned national bird, the hoopoe, may not be kosher or particularly hygienic, but it is fit for a king. Hailed on Thursday by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel as the ideal choice for the honor, the hoopoe, known in Hebrew as duchifat, holds an ambiguous position in Hebrew scriptures. Due to its association with King Solomon, the bird is…

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TBS Constitution and By-Laws (Revised June 16, 2008)

PDF version for printingTEMPLE BETH SHOLOM1809 WHITNEY AVENUEHAMDEN, CONNECTICUT, 06517CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS (Effective June 16, 2008)ARTICLE I - NAME1.    The name of the Congregation shall be Temple Beth Sholom of Hamden, Connecticut, Incorporated.ARTICLE II - LOCATION1.    The location of the Congregation shall be 1809 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut, 06517.ARTICLE III - OBJECT1.    The purpose of this Congregation shall be to maintain a Synagogue, a Religious School, a Cemetery, and such other educational, social and religious activities that will tend to strengthen Conservative Judaism according to its best traditions.ARTICLE IV - AFFILIATION1.    This Congregation shall maintain membership in, and be affiliated with, the United Synagogue of America.ARTICLE V - CREED1.    Observance - This Congregation shall observe the tenets of Conservative Judaism as propounded by the United Synagogue of America.ARTICLE VI - MEMBERSHIP1.    Any person of the Jewish faith of good moral character shall be eligible for membership in this Congregation.ARTICLE VII…

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IM Issue 15 – June 2008

ISRAEL CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

Festivities began May 8th, at the end of Yom Hazikaon, the solemn, 24-hour day of mourning for the more than 20,000 soldiers and civilians killed in fighting that preceded and followed Israel ‘s creation. Mostly, Israelis celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut by going to parks and picnic sites. Nature reserves, picnic sites, and museums were open to the public and the IDF opened selected bases to the public.
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June 2008: Giving up my reserved seat….

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For the past four years, I have been the only person at Temple Beth Sholom – other than Rabbi Scolnic – with a reserved seat in the sanctuary.  To put my tenure, first as Ritual Vice President and then as President, into perspective, my three year old son, Benjamin, does not realize that his father is permitted to sit with him during services.  Zachary, who is eight, has only a fleeting recollection of the time when I sat with the rest of the family.

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Ruth Alpert

    Of all of the books and movies in the world, do you know any stories that do not have bad or evil or problems in them?  There is one story that was entirely about nice people, and that is the Biblical Book of Ruth.  It’s a story about nice people, people who are good and loyal.  Ruth is loyal to her family and marries the man chosen by her family.  It’s a nice story about nice people. (more…)

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Harold Alpert

Harold Alpert was a beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend.   Harold lived life filled with love, with honest hard work and with traditional values.

Harold was born in New Haven in 1919 to Mollie and Jacob Alpert. He was a good loyal son who was close to his beloved brother Bob who always meant so much to him.

One of our favorite stories is how Harold and Ruth met. There were these two girlfriends from Poland who remained close even after they came to America and lived in different states. One of those friends had a granddaughter named Ruth and the other had a grandson named Harold. Ruth asked Harold to a dance and they were married in April 1943. The Draft Board changed Harold’s status and all of a sudden he found himself in the Army. He served as a glider-trained Radio Operator in the China Burma India Theater.  Thanks G-d he returned home. (more…)

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“The Wise Men” Oppose U.S. Recognition of Israel

To commemorate Israel's 60th anniversary, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is publishing excerpts from "Showdown in the Oval Office," the first chapter of Counsel to the President, the memoirs of Clark Clifford with Richard Holbrooke, published in 1991, that describes in detail the drama in Washington surrounding the Truman administration's then-controversial decision to recognize Israel."The Wise Men" Oppose U.S. Recognition of Israel, Of all the meetings I ever had with Presidents, this one remains the most vivid. Not only did it pit me against a legendary war hero whom President Truman revered, but it did so over an issue of fundamental and enduring national security importance - Israel and the Mideast, an issue as relevant and contentious today as it was then. The President regarded his Secretary of State, General of the Army George C. Marshall, as "the greatest living American." Yet the two men were on a collision course…

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IM Issue 14 – May 2008

ISRAEL BRINGS IN DIGNITARIES FOR ITS 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Israel’s President, Shimon Peres, announced that a May conference marking its 60th birthday will open with a tribute to Israel’s staunchest ally, the United States. In attendance will be President Bush and Barbra Streisand. “After 60 years we want to stand up and say ‘thank you America,'” Israeli President Shimon Peres said in an interview with The Associated Press.
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