March 2023

Please excuse the error - the picture in the previous TempleTalk and the FNL Reminder e-mail should not have been Passover. This holiday is Purim and not Passover - we are getting ahead of ourselves - Happy Purim which is Monday night and Tuesday, March 6 and 7.

Rabbi's Message

Purim Monday night and Tuesday, March 6 and 7.


We celebrate Purim because we survived, as we always do and always will, Haman’s intense hatred of the Jewish people. We share our good fortune every year as we repeat the ancient story with the happy ending…...  There were those who wanted to kill us, we stood up, we survived – and now we eat hamantashen.


This is an amazing story. This a reminder that we as a people must always be aware of the ignorance and hatred of others. It was a beautiful woman, Esther, with the encouragement of her uncle Mordechai, who risks her own life by confronting the king and incriminating the evil Haman who seeks to kill the Jewish people… her people. 


On Purim, we remember him (the mamzer) and blot out the remembrance of his name with noisemakers whenever we read the Megillah.  


Purim teaches us that evil has always existed and that antisemitism has a very long history. Yet this is a joyous holiday, joyous because we survived. Thank G-d, we keep surviving because there are still Esthers and Mordechais and people of good intent, who help us combat hatred and evil. So, let us be happy and rejoice. It’s Adar and Purim is around the corner. Happy Purim everybody!!!

Rabbi Jerry



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March Anniversaries

Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

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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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6-8 a.m.

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,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 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!"
Laurel D. - Miami

"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!"

Dr. Linda Seger, Author, Script Consultant, Lecturer


The Pride Of Israel Is That Its Technologies Will Be Able To Be Used By All Humanity: 

1. Tel Aviv University is developing a nasal vaccine that will protect people from Alzheimer's and stroke.


2. The Technion, Institute of Technology (Haifa), has developed a simple blood test capable of detecting different types of cancer.


3. The Ichlov Center (Tel Aviv) isolated a protein that makes colonoscopy unnecessary to detect colon cancer, with a simple blood test. Colon cancer kills about 500,000 people annually.


4. Acne doesn't kill, but does cause anxiety in teens. The Curlight Laboratory has created a cure. Emitting UV rays at high intensity, kills the bacteria that cause acne.


5. The Given Imaging Laboratory has developed a tiny camera in the form of swallowed pills and transmits thousands of photos of the digestive tract. These high-quality photos (2 per second for 8 hours) can detect polyps, cancers, and sources of bleeding. The photos are sent to a chip that stores them and sends them to a computer. At the end of the process, the chamber is eliminated via the rectum.


6. The Hebrew University (Jerusalem) developed an electrical neurostimulator (batteries) that is implanted in the chest of Parkinson's patients, similar to the pacemaker. The emissions from this device block the nerve signals that cause tremors.


7. The simple smell of a patient's breath can detect if a patient has lung cancer. The Russell Berrie Institute for Nanotechnology has created sensors capable of sensing and registering 42 biological markers that indicate the presence of lung cancer without the need for a biopsy.


8. Catheterization can be dispensed with in many cases. Endopat is a device placed between the indicator fingers, which can measure the state of the arteries and predict the possibility of a heart attack in the next 7 years.


9. The University of Bar Ilan studies a new drug that fights viruses through the bloodstream. It is called Vecoy Trap, as it tricks a virus into self-destruction. Very useful to combat hepatitis, and in the future Aids and Ebola.


10. Israeli scientists at Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem) may have discovered the first cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehring's disease, in an Orthodox rabbi. Stephen Hawking, a famous British scientist, suffered from this disease and used methods invented by Israeli scientists to communicate.


Did You Know?

New machine learning method helps predict earthquakes

The revolutionary approach utilizes a form of machine learning to analyze ionospheric total electron content data.

By Abigail Klein Leichman

February 21

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey, a team of researchers led by Yuval Reuveni from the department of physics at Ariel University has published a paper about a promising new way to predict tremblors 48 ahead of time.

Their revolutionary approach utilizes a form of machine learning called support vector machine (SVM) with GPS ionospheric total electron content (TEC) estimations.

The team has been studying the relationship between TEC in the ionosphere and geodynamic activity for several years.

SVM is a machine-learning set of algorithms that can be used to predict the occurrence of a particular event by analyzing a set of data and identifying patterns and relationships.

Using SVM algorithms to analyze TEC data from the US Geological Survey provides the most rapid and accurate information regarding the location, size, and depth of all recorded earthquake events worldwide.

Comparing results to seismic activity recorded during the same period, the Israeli scientists found that the SVM algorithm accurately predicted seismic activity with a success rate of up to 83% — with 85.7% accuracy for true negative predictions and 80% accuracy for true positive predictions within 48 hours.

“Our research shows that there is a clear correlation between ionospheric TEC values and geodynamic activity,” said Reuveni.

“By utilizing a machine learning approach, we were able to accurately predict earthquake events with a certain degree of success. While this is not yet a foolproof method of predicting earthquakes, it is a promising step forward in our efforts to better understand and anticipate seismic activity.”

The findings of the study, published in the peer-reviewed Remote Sensing scientific journal, could have significant implications for earthquake prediction and early warning systems, said Reuveni.

“The use of GPS receivers to estimate TEC data is a noninvasive and cost-effective method that could be used to monitor geodynamic activity in real-time. This could potentially provide valuable time for people to prepare for an earthquake and could also help reduce the damage caused by seismic events,” he said.

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