February 2021 Social Action Programs

Donate to the Diane Kaplan Social Action Fund.

Please note that we are not accepting donations brought to TBS at this time. Only monetary donations please!

The Diane Kaplan Social Action Fund is the best way to support TBS’ commitment to our greater community. A monetary donation to the fund allows us to purchase items our organizations need.
We have been able to supply community programs we work with, financial support and materials they need, to help those in need! Thank you for your generosity, we are all making a difference.

Ongoing Programs: We will resume all programs as soon as possible. Some programs can be done at home. (more…)

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Rabbi’s Message February 2021

I’m writing these words a few days after the horrible events at the Capitol. At this very moment, the House of Representatives is voting on a second impeachment of the President of the United States. I have no idea what will happen in the next few hours or days. By the time you read this, G-d willing, we will have inaugurated a new President without any further violence. (more…)

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Modern “Noah’s Ark”

Harvard’s top astronomer to ‘Post’: Alien life could exist. Lightsail technology could allow humanity to achieve interstellar travel. * Modern “Noah’s Ark” could help save, reconstruct life on Earth.

By AARON REICH – JANUARY 11, 2021

If humanity is truly not alone in the universe, how would we go about finding extraterrestrial life, and would they be as advanced or perhaps even more so than we are?

These are the questions that Prof. Avi Loeb seeks to answer, and according to his newest book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, which is set to come out January 26, the clues might already be there.

Loeb, an Israeli-born scientist who has been the longest ever serving chair of Harvard University’s Astronomy department, has long been one of the most vocal advocates for the possible existence of alien life. (more…)

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Lester Margolis – Eliezer Yitzhak ben Lebel ve-Devorah – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Lester Margolis, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and cherished friend. Les has gone through so much, for so long. So many medical crises; so many hospitalizations. Considering the fact that he had a heart attack in his forties and always thought he was living on borrowed time, and that he lived till 92-1/2…. it’s amazing, and a tribute to him, to Bernice, and to his incredible children and grandchildren and support system. If at 45, someone had told him that he was going to live till 92-1/2, he would have said: ‘I don’t believe it but where do I sign?’ So as sad as this is, and it is very sad, we’re thinking now not about this last stage of his life, not about the tough times, but about a wonderful life filled with love and hard work and giving to others. (more…)

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Marjorie Menaker – Musha bar Shmuel ve-Rachel – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Marjorie Menaker, beloved wife to Michael, devoted mother of Barry and Jonathan and mother-in-law to Kelly, adoring grandmother of Gary and Matthew, caring nurse for countless patients, real part of the community, and a great friend.

Margie knew she was dying. With her medical background and her deep experience with physical decline and illness, she knew the score. (more…)

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Harold ‘Sony’ Katz – Hatzkel ben Aharon ve-Malka ha-Kohen – 2019

We are here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Harold “Sonny” Katz. Sonny was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a cherished friend.

He was born here in New Haven on February 21,1928, so he was 91. He was the son of Arthur and Mollie Katz and the brother of Bernard, Harriett, and Shirley who we remember with affection and respect today. He became a Bar Mitzvah in March, 1941. He proudly served in the US Navy in World War ll. His career was in roofing and sheet metal with Premier Roofing. It says a lot about Sonny that he was with one company for his entire career. (more…)

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Ruth Abeshouse – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Ruth Abeshouse, beloved mother, grandmother and friend. We know that Ruth has gone through a lot for a long time, and that she has had wonderful care and attention, and that this was her time.

She was born 93 years ago and grew up with her beloved brothers Archie, Meyer, and Melvin. We miss them today and remember them with affection and respect. (more…)

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Renee Glassner – Rivka bat Ya’akov ve-Chenya – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to cherish the life of Renee Gewirtzman Glassner, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and cherished friend in our community.

This Shabbos, we will read a sedrah of the Torah Shelach Lecha, in which twelve scouts go out to look at the land of Israel. Ten come back and say there are giants in the land and we will look like grasshoppers and we cannot conquer the land. We should go back to Egypt. (more…)

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Stanley Stein – Michael Zelig ben Asher – 2019

I just want to add a few words to that very wonderful tribute.

Since Owen wrote it, and Sue and Larry helped, there is a part missing. These three adult children have been astonishing during this last stage of their father’s life, complicated by their mother’s hospitalization. Stan was at home dying, and Barbara was in the hospital, and somehow they got him down to the hospital to see her and be with her. (more…)

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