January 2023

Rabbi's Message

Dear Friends,

My inspirational message this month will be read at our Friday Night Live Shabbat Service tomorrow evening, January 13, 2023 at 6:00pm PST.

Rabbi Jerry



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We will be meeting on

Friday, January 13, 2023

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Friday, February 3, 2023



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This is a Streamlined Shabbat Service with special guests. You will be able to chat with us, share any news from your week, or send a virtual hug via Facebook.

We will be chanting the Mishabeirach for global healing and reciting the Kaddish for the current yahrzeits. If you have the names of loved ones you would like to include, please let us know.

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January Anniversaries

Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Sherwyn & Edythe Horwitz 1/4/2023

Louis Milkowski & Gloria Jennings 1/6/2023

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January Birthdays

And many happy returns!

Barbara Dekovner- Mayer Harris 1/7/2023

Nicole-Marie Slayton 1/7/2023

Ron Fields 1/11/2023

Phyllis Spear 1/14/2023

Alan DuFine 1/15/2023

Julie Gold 1/15/2023

Katy Haber 1/15/2023

Mr. Larry Crestol 1/16/2023

Mallory Sobel 1/22/2023

December Tributes

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Service Sponsors

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Refuah Shleima

CAT wishes speedy recoveries to:

Fred Ostraski, Debby and Ken Bitticks, Henry Bush, Gregory Cruz, Lowell Dreyfus, Barbara Fleming-Marmorstein, Geoffrey Harris, Burt Newmark, Donna and Peter Paul.

December Yahrzeits 

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

Marc & Barbara Barenfeld

In memory of Charles and Abe Berenfeld

Douglas & Roni Cohen

In memory of Gerry Cohen & Douglas Begalman

Craig & Randi Denbesten

In memory of Jeffrey Fallick

Brenda Friedman

In memory of Stanley Friedman

Nicole Karsenty-Ligeti

In memory of Charles Ligeti

Sharon Mason & Robert Masino

In memory of Rueben Mason

Barbara Persten

In memory of Peter Block, Alyce Block, Katelyn Victoria Persten, Barry and Sherman Block

Dee Ann Simon

In memory of Florence Davis

Phyllis Spear & Irwin Schwartzman

In memory of Rebecca Gomberg

May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion

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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.

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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"
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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.

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Did You Know?

Peace in the Middle East through esports?

Abraham Accords eSports Peace Games to be held in Tel Aviv in January.

By Brian Blum

December 19

As the World Cup games in Qatar have shown, sports can be the great equalizer between peoples. A new initiative takes this cross-cultural cooperation to the virtual playing field.

Dubbed the “Abraham Accords Esports Peace Games,” videogame players from across the United States and Middle East to compete in Tel Aviv from January 26 to 28.

National teams from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco will be among those vying for a prize fund of $82,000.

The international industry value of  is expected to reach $1.8 billion by 2025, and tournaments can attract up to 400 million viewers on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch.

The Peace Games are supported by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; investment and merchant bank Lion Tree; and philanthropist Sylvan Adams, who is co-chairing the organizing committee with US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides. The Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem is also backing the event.

The organizers have allocated $1.5 million to produce the event at Shlomo Group Arena in Tel Aviv, with thousands of spectators expected to fill the seats.

A separate gaming festival will be held alongside the tournament, so that non-official players can still connect with each other. Participants will also take tours and sightseeing trips around Israel.

Nides said he hopes that this will be just the first of many joint cultural activities “connecting with the region’s youth to make sure the [Abraham] Accords are sustainable.”

“To weave the warm peace that we all seek in the region, we must have people-to-people exchanges: sporting, cultural and especially, tourism with our neighbours,” Adams adds. “Esports introduces a whole new cohort to Israel.”

The Peace Games reflect what’s already been happening in the gaming world.

“Israeli gamers have long enjoyed playing online with all peoples, fellow gamers, from all over the world, including the Middle East,” notes Ido Brosh, president of the Israeli Esports Association.

“To be able to welcome them to Israel is a true honor and a sign of how we share so much more than divides us.”

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