VOL. 42 •  NO. 6
Temple Emanuel of Tempe
Temple Emanuel of Tempe Monthly Newsletter
August & September 2018

In This Issue

Rabbi Dean

A Message from Rabbi Dean

Shanah tovah! I wish you a good and healthy New Year. May it be as sweet as apples and honey.

It’s not very Jewish to wish each other a Happy New Year, although we do it. It’s not very Jewish because we’re realists: no one has a fully happy year, let alone week or even day. Our lives are a series of moments, some joyful, some boring, some upsetting or morose. A year of happiness is an impossibility.

Indeed, the Hebrew word for “year – shanah,” contains some great wisdom. The Hebrew root, Shin-Nun-Hey, has two meanings – REPEAT and CHANGE. Etymologists aren’t certain whether the two are connected or separate, historically. Even so – what a powerful message!

At New Year, we become aware that we’re doing it all over again – another autumn, another quarterly report, another vacation, another chance to do it better. And we’re aware that life is changing – third grade is different from fourth grade, our bodies are maturing, our perspectives shift, people in our lives come and go. Although it may appear similar, next year will not be a repeat of what’s gone before. To expect more of the same is to invite disappointment. Better, rather, to be open to possibility and surprise – and to be prepared for change.

Such flexibility requires a particular kind of strength: resilience. That’s the power to recover from hardship, to spring back to shape. Resilience, rather than might or determination, allows us to accept what comes our way. Resilient people still feel loss, but their world isn’t shattered. They understand that while change can be painful, it may even bring improvement. Resilience, like a muscle, can be developed. We can train ourselves to let go and, at the same time, to spot advantages. We can practice gratitude for what-is and what-has-been. We can allow ourselves to sit and experience the universal reality of impermanence.

At Temple Emanuel, we’ll experience this same-yet-different-ness directly during our High Holy Day services.

Much will be the same as it has been: a chance to see dear friends and use our glorious machzor (itself only four years old) with its dazzling array of readings that touch the heart and spark the mind. We’ll return to Dayspring Church on Elliot with its beautiful light, comfortable seats, air conditioning, and curved rows that allow us to see and feel each other’s presence. (Last year was our first year there)! We’ll once again offer our children a meaningful and age-appropriate experience of the High Holy Days.

But it will be different, too. Suzanne Guinane will lead us in song, bringing her own hiddush (beautifying touch) to the proceedings. The tempos may be a bit different, and there may be a new piece or two. What a lovely opportunity to grow and experience something new, to experience directly the core of SHANAH – a repeat that’s both the same and different at the same time.

Honey is a perfect symbol for Rosh Hashanah. It’s not only sweet, but viscous. Sitting in a pot, honey appears to be stationary. Tip the pot just a bit, however, and it oozes and flows. Honey, like time and like life, is never actually still.


Friday, August 17

5:30 pm   Camp Themed Nosh/Dinner*/Camp Activities
6:30 pm   Rock Shabbat Service
7:30 pm   Indoor Campfire & Stories w/Rabbi, and Sing-Off with Suzanne

Temple Emanuel's 7th Annual Camp Shabbat is coming! Welcome back the school year with one of our favorite festive Temple events!

This event is sponsored by Temple Emanuel's Programming Committee.

*For dinner you can bring your own, pre-purchase a pizza/salad dinner or purchase slices at the door.


Order Pizza/Salad Dinner Here

Pizza Slices will be available at the door for $2 each
(cash only, while supplies last)

High Holidays 5779

High Holiday Information

Save the Date: 
Sips, Sukkot and Havdalah

September 29

6 – 8 pm

In the Temple Sukkah

B'nai Mitzvah

Alyssa Acevedo, daughter of Gabrielle Zucker-Acevedo and John Acevedo, Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, will become a Bat Mitzvah on August 18, 2018. Alyssa is the sister of Jackson Acevedo. Grandparents are Randy and Stanley Zucker of Phoenix, Arizona. Alyssa is an eighth grader at Basis Ahwatukee. Her hobbies include reading, biking, volleyball, swimming and Mau Thai…she is a black belt. For her Mitzvah Project, Alyssa volunteered at United Way, putting together school readiness kits for under privileged preschoolers. The school readiness backpacks were filled with everything children need to develop fundamental learning skills.
Mira Berkel, daughter of Cady Berkel and Mark Wolf of Tempe, Arizona, will become a Bat Mitzvah on August 25, 0218. Grandparents are Janet Berkel and Mark Eggleton of Tempe, Arizona; and Susan Dennison and Thomas Wolf of Durham, North Carolina. Mira is an eighth grader at Kyrene del Pueblo. Her hobbies include swimming, theater and caring for animals. For her Mitzvah Project, Mira volunteered at the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL). At AAWL, she researched and took care of animals.
Andre Noah Grossberg, son of Angelica and Philip Grossberg of Phoenix, Arizona, will become a Bar Mitzvah on September 29, 2018. Andre is the brother of Jadon Grossberg. Grandparents are Sonia and (the late) Mark Abelman of Atlanta, Georgia; Luis and (the late) Michiko Hirata of Barra Grande, Brazil; and Helene and (the late) Paul Grossberg of Sarasota, Florida. Andre is an eighth grader at Akimel Middle School. His hobbies include piano, cello, tennis, computer, biking adventures with friends and world travel. For his Mitzvah Project, Andre is organizing a GoFundMe to raise funds for a Karen village in Myanmar that was recently invaded, in order to help them re-build. He is in contact with the families and youth group of the Myanmar refugees here in Phoenix so they can assist him in getting those funds back to the village.

Faith Community Nurse

Hello! My name is Leah Livingston. I am a registered nurse, and Temple Emanuel’s new volunteer Faith Community Nurse. What is a Faith Community Nurse? It is an active, licensed, registered nurse whose practice is intentionally spiritual. Services include hospital, home and long term care facility visits, referrals to support agencies, advocacy with health issues, education, and prayer. It does not include hands on nursing (wound care, medication administration, etc) or any service that competes with home health agencies.

Here at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, we are ready for all types of emergencies. The first aid kits are stocked, the AED (defibrillator) is charged and has new pads, we have an emergency, portable eyewash station and goggles for our custodians. I have, with help from staff, brought us up to date and will maintain our supplies and readiness as part of our recently added Community Health Advocacy program.

Watch for announcements about CPR/AED classes to be offered at Temple. You can reach me by calling the Temple or via email at or

Wise Aging
“For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.”   ~Hasidic saying
Are you aging wisely? Would you like to be able to accept your life as it is, reject aging stereotypes, embrace the best possible choices for yourself and live as fully as you can? 
Beginning in October, trained facilitators will be offering a 6 week series of interactive discussions on a wide range of topics such as:
  • Cultivating relationships
  • Living with loss and finding light
  • Forgiveness and reconciliation

The Wise Aging series is for adults who have entered the third trimester of their lives.
This class series will meet from 1:00-2:30pm at Temple Emanuel on:
October 3, 10, and 31
November 14 and 28
December 12
This session will be limited to 12 people.
If you're interested, please call the temple to be added to the list of interested participants.


September Book Group

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kaddish, winner of the National Jewish Award will be discussed on September 13. This is the interwoven tale of two women, one from 1600s London just before the plague hits the city and one from the early twenty-first century. Both confront similar issues. Please note that this is the second Thursday of the month. 

See what other books we'll be reading this year. 

Judaica Shop

The Temple Emanuel Judaica Shop is a small business that donates all its proceeds right back to the Temple.

Temple Emanuel’s Judaica Shop carries a beautiful line of tallitot, perfect for Bar and Bat Mitzvot and High Holy Days. Our collection of tallitot are very competitively priced.

We also carry a great selection of life cycle cards.

Have you thought about participating in blowing of the shofar at the end of Yom Kippur services? We have a large selection of shofarot for you to choose from.

We sell snacks before religious school each Tuesday and Wednesday. All snacks are 50¢.

Stop by on a Friday night before services or during religious school hours and check it out. If you come during business hours, a staff member can help you with your purchases as well.


Submitted by Dina Bedak

So, how has YOUR summer been so far? Where did YOU go to get some “heat” relief?

As far as sisterhood goes, our new board has been working on the upcoming year like busy bees!

On Sunday, July 8th we got together for a few hours to get to know each other better and plan out a year full of fun activities. I would like to introduce you to the 2018-2109 sisterhood board of directors:

  • Dina Bedak, President
  • Barbara Raviol, Imediate past President
  • Karen Kahn, Executive Vice President
  • Jean Yagobian, VP Religion & Education
  • Adriane Keene, VP Administration
  • Lori Selles, Co-VP Membership
  • Tracy Goldman, Co-VP Membership
  • Cher Diefenbacher, Treasurer
  • Leah Livingston, Secretary
  • Barb Kish, Director
  • Dana Spiel, Director
  • Chris Woods, Member at Large
  • Oslynn Benjamin, Member at Large

Recently, a group of women  participated in WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) Area Day in Flagstaff and had a WONDERFUL time! Hopefully next year you will share the experience too…!

We are aware of the fact that not everything meets everyone’s likes, wants or needs. With that said, we hope you will find activities during the year that will be of interest to you, and you’ll join in on the fun!

Still not sure if you’d like to join sisterhood? I know a great way to “check” us out: Come to our  meeting. We meet at temple on the first Tuesday of every month. You do not have to be on the Board of Directors to participate in these meetings.

Another way to find out about “what’s happening with Sisterhood” these days, is our Bulletin Board, opposite the restrooms in the far hallway (by the back door)

I would encourage you to come to our next meeting on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30, either in the MPR or social hall. Aside from a little business, we will hear from our wonderful Cantorial Soloist, Suzanne!

Another fun event you won’t want to miss, is our annual BUNCO game on Sunday, August 19th 10:30-12:30.

    (no need to even KNOW what the game is about, just come have fun!)

Here is our upcoming calendar for the next two months, and we hope to see you at most if not all events!

With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the past, and hope to improve for the future.

New beginnings come with the new year, and new friendships are in our future. I’d like to wish you all

     Shana Tova Um’tuka, a sweet new year!

For those of you ready to take the “leap” and join sisterhood, here is the link: click here to join Sisterhood for the 2018-2019 year!

Men of Emanuel

MOE Sez: A new year, a new prez!

Submitted by Sal Caputo, MOE board member

The Men of Emanuel has a new president for the new programming year that starts in August. Here’s the introductory message he sent via Facebook:

“Howdy Pardners!

“I’m the new sheriff in town. Recently elected as the president of MOE ( Men of Emanuel).

“I’m looking for one more Deputy to help run things around these parts. I’m needing a Deputy of Fun! Or the more stodgy and official title VP of Social Activities.

“I’ve heard the population of cowboys at Emanuel is about 350. So you are already a member. Come join the posse and help come up with ideas to entertain them there cowboys.


“You can reach me by Pony Express at or by Telegraph at 480-200-7297

“If you don’t want to be a bigwig, stay tuned to his channel for upcoming events like Poker Night, Football (watching, not playing), etc. and come join the fun camaraderie.

“And if you’re a Cowgirl reading this, let your pard’ner know about us.”
The stodgy details: The MOE board met June 14 to fill officer posts left open during the election held March 4. At that time, Bob Jastrow stepped up to be interim president, so Harry Melamed succeeds him. In addition to Harry, the MOE board now consists of Darryl Lerner, first vice president (second term); Jeffrey Keene, vice president of membership (second term); Josh Rothberg, vice president of fundraising; Bob, treasurer (second term); Steve Ochs, member at large (second term); and Sal Caputo, member at large (first term). This leaves the secretary and social activity posts unfilled. As Harry stated, anyone who’d like to volunteer to fill those posts should contact him.
Welcome Back Breakfast: MOE will host a bagel breakfast on the first Sunday of religious school,
Sunday, Aug. 12. The whole Temple Emanuel community is invited to enjoy bagels, coffee and other breakfast treats and reconnect with one another after our summer break.
Blood drives: The United Blood Services Bloodmobile will be in front of the Temple on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. It’ll be a very important drive going into the Labor Day holiday when the need for blood is always critical.
To sign up, just click here. If you have any questions or need help signing up, email This is the first of three drives scheduled for the 2018-2018 program year. The other drives will be on Dec. 16, 2018; and April 14, 2019.

What is MOE? MOE stands for Men of Emanuel, a group for all men in the Temple Emanuel community. MOE does not have membership fees, so all adult male members of the Temple are automatically MOE members. To get on MOE’s mailing list, email MOE’s president, Harry Melamed, at You can find MOE on Facebook. Look for “MOE Men of Emanuel” and join the group to keep up with all our doings.

Life & Legacy: Building our Temple’s future

In Temple Emanuel’s lobby, an easel holds a sign naming the members of our L’Dor V’Dor Society. This is a growing group of Temple members who have committed to leaving a “legacy gift” to the Temple. In most cases, this is a bequest, a gift that will be received by the Temple after these individuals pass on.
As head of the committee shepherding this effort at Temple Emanuel, I encourage you to contact me about the possibility of making such a commitment in the near future.

This year, we can receive a $5,000 no-strings-attached grant to the Temple, if enough members of our community make a commitment. This is made possible by the national Life & Legacy program that is sponsored by the Grinspoon Foundation, and administered locally by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix.

If you believe that our Temple should be here to serve the needs of generations to come, then this program is for you. Our goal is to build an endowment. At present, the Temple’s financial needs are met by membership dues and an annual fundraising campaign, and it is frankly a challenge to raise the money to fund all the great things we do at Temple Emanuel. A well-funded endowment can be a new revenue source to fund the Temple’s annual needs. So please consider signing on. 

Contact me, Sal Caputo, at Thank you!


Our generous supporters are an essential part of our community. Thank you to the following donors who gave between May 1 and July 15, 2018.
Martin and Shotsy Abramson
Michael Adams
Leah Appleman
Terrea Arnwine
Ruth Aron
Margaret Bauer
Adam and Elizabeth Benkel
Robert Berkovitz
Amy Bley
Jordan and Linda Brickman
Michael Chasin
Fonda Christopher
Lisa Fleischmann
Ronald Gluck
Darrin and Eve Goodman
Julie and Bill Guilinger
David Hoffman
Robert and Bernice Jastrow
David and Patricia Kader
Helen Kaplan
Ruby Kaufman
Barbara Kazdan
Melvin Kessler
Hannah Korobkin
Heidi Kramer
Arnold Maltz and Aileen Louik
William and Sandra McClelland
Rochelle Stern and Avrum Mendelsohn
Lewis and Vicki Miles
Robert Royce and Yvonne Mounce
Betie Newton
Bruce and Patti Okun
Ronald and Bina Peck
Craig and Linda Perl
Joan Reichard
Karen and Jeffrey Reiss
Lenore Riech
Millie Rogowin
John and Susan Rosenthal
John Schauer
Lynne T. Selbst
Al and Marcia Silberman
Lee Sirkis
Richard and Donna Sparber
Kirk and Marsha Speicher
Sheldon and Beth Tauber
Carol Vack
Daniel Wood
Brian and Jennifer Wortzel
Julie E. Kaufman and Elizabeth Wright



Regina & Seth Abraham
Jodii Zimmerman & Peter Anderson
Laura & Peter Arhangelsky
Katie & Geoff Ball
Marlene & Jerry Bernstein
Keelan & Jonathan Bodow
Meryl & Robert Briscoe
Kathleen & Robert Burgheimer
Stephanie & Tony Calabretti
Kristina & Jason Cassidy
Dina & Joshua Dogin
Selma & Richard Edelstein
Alexandra Miller & Jordan Ellel
Samantha & Todd Feigenbaum
Sarah & BJ Felix
Elizabeth & Ian Fischer
Deena & Kevin Hardin
Diana & George Jacobson
Terri & Richard Jonas
Dwan & Aaron Katz
Allison & Alex Korchnoy


Hope & George Massar
Lisa & Scott Miller
Robert & Ida Moise
Caren & Steve Oberstein
Sandi & Jeff Orenstein
Bina & Ron Peck
Lynn & Sid Plait
Meta & Bob Rosen
Marla Pomerantz & Ed Rossman
Julie & Marc Rubenstein
Amy Gary & Steven Sahr
John & Maria Schauer
Grant Shapiro & Tracy Spinrad
Audra & James Small
Donna & Richard Sparber
Debbie & Larry Teiman
Deidre and Ken Ulano
Sharon & Dennis Webber
Jennifer Weller & Justin Prost

Kids Birthdays 
(for those 13 and younger)

Jackson Acevedo
Owen Cassidy
Ruby Chin
Jacob DiSanti
Rhyan Feldman
Alexander Fergal
Oren Fischer
Adam Fischer
Eli Franklin-Albarran
Nathan Friedman
Joseph Funtowicz
Benjamin Goldstein
Melina Goodman

Samantha Haas
Macy Kollman
Eitan Luft
Ryan Marshall
Avery McClelland
Erica McGadney
Cassie Saks
Marcela Shaffer
Valentina Shaffer
Jada Silver
Sean Weinshel
Hannah Wright
Sophie Zerebiny

August & September Service Schedule

First Friday Family Shabbat
August 3 @ 5:30pm - 6:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat
August 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Service
August 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Traditional Shabbat Service
August 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Shabbat Morning Service
August 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Camp Rock Shabbat
August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Alyssa Acevado Bat Mitzvah
August 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Traditional Shabbat Service
August 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mira Berkel Bat Mitzvah
August 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Traditional Shabbat Service
August 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shabbat Morning Service
September 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

First Friday Family Shabbat
September 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Rock Shabbat
September 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Service
September 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Traditional Shabbat Service
September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Shabbat Morning Service
September 15 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Kabbalat Shabbat Service
September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Service
September 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Sukkot Under the Stars Service
September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Andre Grossberg Bar Mitzvah
September 29 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Sips, Sukkot and Havdalah in the Sukkah
September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Weekly Program Calendar
Monday Minyan – 9:30 am Mondays
Yarn Yentas – 10:00 am Tuesdays
Torah Study – 7:15 pm Thursdays
Saturday Study Group – 8:20 am Saturdays

Contact Us: 480-838-1414

Rabbi Dean Shapiro
Cantorial Soloist & Music Director Suzanne Guinane
Director of Finance and Human Resources Jocelyn Richards
Administrative Assistant Eve Goodman
Interim Religious School Director Sharon Paley
Religious School Office Assistant Sue Dermer
Financial Administrative Assistant Kellyn Traenkenschuh
Part Time Bookkeeper Deborah Eastman
Temple Emanuel of TempeCopyright © *2018* , All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
5801 S. Rural Road
Tempe, Arizona 85283