February 2023

Rabbi's Message

The Tabernacle is the symbol of transient living and as such is an admirable comment upon the history of our people.

“And they journeyed and they camped” is an expression used dozens of times in the Torah with reference to the odyssey of Israel. This was not only true of the desert itinerary of the Israelites….it has been a dominant fact of our existence from one age to the next.

Paraphrasing, the historians might say: “And they journeyed from Jerusalem and they camped in Babylon; and they journeyed from Babylon and they camped in Jerusalem; and they journeyed from Jerusalem and they camped in Baghdad; and they journeyed from Baghdad and they camped in Fez; ands they journeyed from Fez and they camped in Cordova; and they journeyed from Cordova and they camped in Warsaw; and they journeyed from Warsaw and they camped in Buchenwald; and (some very few) journeyed from Buchenwald and they camped in Jerusalem.

The Tabernacle has been the curse but also the blessing of the Jewish people, for a home that is lost when destroyed but a home which is, portable can be lifted and put up elsewhere.

The boxer whose jaw stands in the way of an oncoming fist is a candidate for the knockout punch, but if the fighter “rolls with the punch” will be up again when the bell rings for the next round. For Centuries we have been absorbing mighty punches and have been rolling with them…we have suffered smashing technical K.O.’s while amassing a long string of “moral” victories.

The wolf has huffed but hasn’t been able to blow our Succah down! But an endless diet of moral victories can lead to a sick stomach and a sicker heart.

And, is not two and and a half thousand years a long enough time?

Rabbi Jerry



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Friday, February 10, 2023 at 6:00 pm

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February Anniversaries

Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Nathan & Elaine Sperling 2/14/2023

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February Birthdays

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Doris Felsen 2/4/2023

Tootsie Veprin 2/10/2023

Debby Bitticks 2/18/2023

Aaron Bush 2/19/2023

Joel Diamond 2/20/2023

Barbara Lee Schulz 2/21/2023

January Tributes

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January Yahrzeits 

We thank those who have made a donation in memory of your loved one.

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In memory of Amnon Barness

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In memory of Sam Bovitz

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Herb Freed

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Steven & Janice Seligman

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Rosalie Shulman

In memory of Maurice Shulman

Dee Ann  Simon

In memory of Morton Goldberg

Phyllis Spear & Irwin Schwartzman

In memory of Delphine Schwartzman

Joe Stein

In memory of Gloria Stein

Lucy Weltsch

In memory of Riza & Ron Weltsch

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An inspiring story of a school that relocated to escape the Nazis

Reviewed by CAT member

Stephen Maitland-Lewis


There is no shortage of books on the Holocaust and the overall inferno of the Hitler years.

Reading anything from the vast published material on this subject is bound to evoke obvious disgust and horror. Yet, the question remains: how could this have happened in the 20th century, in a country which hitherto was considered one of the foremost cultured and educated of all civilized nations?

Deborah Cadbury in her The School That Escaped the Nazis skillfully evokes another, more heartwarming emotion, and this book goes a long way to confirm that amid the carnage of that era there were instances of profound goodness and human decency.

Anna Essinger, a young German schoolteacher, had established a small progressive school in southern Germany. She saw the writing on the wall when Hitler came into power in 1933. She had read Mein Kampf and abhorred its wicked ideology.

With an abundance of courage, determination, and pure defiance, in spite of her limited resources, she succeeded in relocating her school to the rural county of Kent in southeast England. The school flourished and soon attracted a number of English pupils as well as teachers. Before long, as a result of Nazi regulations which made it impossible for Jewish teachers and pupils to remain within the German school system, there was an additional influx of pupils and highly qualified academic staff.

The school swiftly earned a fine reputation and enjoyed good relations with its neighbors. The local villagers were largely friendly, supportive and hospitable. But, in 1939 upon the outbreak of war, the school faced new challenges. Many of the German staff and the older students were interred as enemy aliens far away from Kent. The locals, who had treated the school and all those connected with it with respect, now treated it with suspicion. The school’s neighbors shunned it.


The British Government requisitioned the school’s strategically important premises for British military purposes, and another evacuation was necessary. On short notice, Essinger found a decrepit mansion for the school, two hundred miles away. Simultaneously, the school was struggling to take in as many Jewish children as it could among those who had remained in Germany. Additionally, the school admitted countless others whose parents the Nazis had kidnapped and sent to concentration camps throughout Germany and Poland.


The author recounts the testimony of many of the students who described how they left their homes and families only to struggle with the differences in culture and a new language, as well as with the heartache of not knowing whether they would ever reunite with their parents and other family members. Essinger and her colleagues had to deal not only with the academic and overall well-being of her pupils but also with the immense trauma that they were suffering.


The school became a home for the children, a haven of love and warmth where they could live peacefully and without fear of being bullied and treated as outcasts in their native Germany. They formed lifetime bonds and a great many succeeded as adults in their chosen fields.

Essinger and her colleagues created a loving home for approximately nine hundred pupils between 1933 and 1948 when the school finally closed. Despite all the miseries and suffering that the children and the German staff members, had endured, she created a happy and productive environment. To describe reading about this period of history as a joyful experience is counterintuitive. However, Deborah Cadbury succeeds in delivering an uplifting and inspiring book about the challenges that Essinger, her pupils, and her colleagues faced. So many books on the Holocaust focus heavily on statistics that in time one becomes almost immune to the savagery. Case studies of specific named individual children, some as young as eight, who arrived at the school traumatized and how they fared carry more weight. Cadbury illustrates the teamwork between teachers and pupils who together faced hurdles and survived.


This book is a worthy edition to the countless books written about this painful historical period. The school was devoid of any form of religious syllabus or practice but nevertheless, Anna Essinger, as the author states, “fulfilled in her own way, the old Hebrew saying, ‘Tikkun Hoaolam’ — ‘mend the world.’”


This piece originally appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Roots Music & Beyond
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New Christy Minstrels, Art Podell, was a Greenwich Village folk singer in 1958. In the rush to capitalize on the folk boom, Columbia Records signed Podell and partner Paul Potash and, as the duo “Art & Paul,” they released two albums in 1960 and ’61, which are sought-after today by folk music aficionados.

"I thought I was watching and listening to Will Rogers with an Ivy League education and maybe that's true, but your humor and songs - both touching and delightful - was better and much more enjoyable than his lasso"
-Herb Freed, Film-maker, novelist, and friend 
If you are a fan of the classic folk music of the fifties/sixties, this might be the program for you. 
Add to that some flavors of old-time jazz and bluegrass. We'll be catering to your musical pallets while offering some wonderful premiums to help support KPFK.
Roots Music & Beyond celebrates ten years on air in March!
Third Saturday host: Art Podell art@artpodell.com,a bona fide Greenwich Village folkie, one-half of the legendary duo Art and Paul and an original member of The New Christy Minstrels, and Professor.

Fern Field Brooks, author of Letters to My Husband, has written a new meowmoir on her cat called Destiny's Children. You can order this charming book at http://www.books2cherish.com. Temple members and friends can add "Temple Member" to your shipping instructions and 10% of all sales will go to C.A.T.

"LOVED IT! A clever and refreshing approach to a memoir!"
Mary Lou Belli, Director, Author, Teacher

"Wow! Destiny is incredible! I read it in two evenings and was absolutely enthralled. This book is one in a million!"
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"I Love Destiny and Fern! I was concerned for Destiny on every adventure, felt relieved when all was well, and eagerly await the rest of the series! Engaging. Charming. Insightful - about cats and humans!"

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Did You Know?


Environmental nonprofit EcoOcean says the waters of the Earth have much to give us if we keep them healthy and plastic-free.

By ISRAEL21c Staff

January 4

Arik Rosenblum is worried about Planet Earth – in particular, the waters that make up 70 percent of the planet.


Plastics ose the biggest danger to the world’s seas and oceans, says Rosenblum, xecutive director of the nonprofit EcoOcean that’s dedicated

to protecting the marine environment.


“We definitely try to be the voice of the sea,” he says.

Getting out into the water in the organization’s research vessel,

the Mediterranean Explorer, yields many good surprises, too, like a sponge

EcoOcean researchers discovered that may help cure Alzheimer’s disease.


But the ain task of EcoOcean – and all of us – is to cut down on single-use plastics nd never to discard them on the beach. Once these cups, bottles, and bags get into the water, they break down into harmful microplastics that

fish ingest and then people ingest when we eat the fish.


“It’s not ust saving the animals. To save the sea is to save us,” says Rosenblum.

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