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  • Kehilat haKadosh: The Monthly Newsletter of Congregation Beth Shalom

    December, 2011 Kislev/Teves, 5772

    Volume 38, Issue 12

    Let your light shine through

  • Staff

    Rabbi: Marc Rudolph - rabbirudolph@napershalom.org

    Cantor: Hasha Musha Perman - hashamusha@gmail.com

    Early Learning Director: Robin Frisch - rfrisch@napershalom.org

    Education Director: Barbara Bernstein- morah2345@comcast.net

    Facilities and Office Manager: Sue Prousa sprousa@napershalom.org

    Secretary: Dorothy Battle office772@napershalom.org

    Custodial support: Dave Sanders

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    Congregation Beth Shalom (Attention Newsletter Editor) 772 W. 5th Avenue Naperville, IL 60563

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  • Inside this issue

    From the editor .............................................................................................................. 1 From The Desk Of The Rabbi ..................................................................................... 2 A note from our cantor ................................................................................................. 3 Days Of Awe, A Year Of Jewish Music ...................................................................... 4 DAYS OF AWE CD ORDER FORM .......................................................................... 4 A Note From Ms Robin ................................................................................................. 5 Congregation Beth Shalom 40 for 40 campaign ...................................................... 5 From the CBS Archives ............................................................................................... 5 Free Adult Education Course : Jewish Customs: Frequently-Asked Questions & Answers .................................................................................................. 7 Jewish Customs Schedule .......................................................................................... 7 News from Jakobpils .................................................................................................... 8 Important Notice: CBS plots in Naperville Cemetery .............................................. 8 NCJW Tri-Countys Family & Mitvah day at the SciTech museum: ....................... 9 DuPage Will Hadassah will be honoring Gene Parker as their Person of Valor for 2011, ............................................................................................................... 9 Religious School News .............................................................................................. 10 In the Wink of an Eye ................................................................................................. 11 Library news ................................................................................................................ 12 Family Chanukah Celebration ....................................... Error! Bookmark not defined. Renwal of Spirit ........................................................................................................... 12 CBS Library News ...................................................................................................... 13 Odyssey Hospice is seeking volunteers .................................................................. 15 CBS Member Art Show .............................................................................................. 15 ParnossahWorksChicago: A New Employment Website for Personalized Job Assistance ............................................................................................................ 16 Ongoing Programs and Activities ............................................................................. 17 CBS Communication Guidelines and Deadlines .................................................... 20 Donations ..................................................................................................................... 23 Make a Donation ......................................................................................................... 24 In Memory .................................................................................................................... 25 Board of Directors and Committees ......................................................................... 26

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  • Kehilat haKadosh, December, 2011 1

    From the editor

    December brings us the Festival of Lights. Its hard to go outside without being swept up in the beauty and magic of the season. There are lights everywhere. On tree, in storefronts, and in front of peoples homes. Ironically though, most of these lights arent coming from Jewish houses.

    Somewhere along the way, we lost the light in the festival. But, its not too late to get it back. We can still bring light to the holiday season and it doesnt even have to increase our electric bill.

    Somewhere within each of us is a small spark of light. Its a remnant from the famous story of God trying to contain all holiness in a vessel to make room for the creation of the universe. The story goes that the vessel burst and shards of light dispersed everywhere. Its time to bring that light back to the surface. Lets reclaim the festival of lights.

    Lets find ways to let our light shine through to our family, our friends, and our communities. Its time to kindle the flame that makes us each a wonderful, unique reflection of God.

    Brad Kolar

    http://www.schmaltzdeli.com

  • Kehilat haKadosh, December, 2011 2

    From The Desk Of The Rabbi

    Chanukah, which means dedication, celebrates the dedication of the Temple during the time of the Maccabees. The Syrian Greeks defiled the Temple, and Mattathias and his sons recaptured Jerusalem and dedicated the Temple so

    it would be fit for worship. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (Germany, d. 1888) reminds us that this was in fact the third dedication of the Temple. The first dedication was overseen by Solomon. The prophet Zechariah has a vision of the second dedication, which would take place following the return of the exiles from Babylonia in the sixth year of the reign of Darius I of Persia, who, in 538 BCE, allowed the Jewish people to return to the Holy Land from exile.

    On the first Shabbat of Chanukah we read from that prophecy of Zechariah. Zechariah has a vision, and in the vision he is shown a menorah of gold, with two olive trees, one to the right and one to the left. Zechariah asks, What does it mean? An angel of G-d replies: It means, Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit said Adonai Tseva-ot. (G-d) By this the angel is saying that the ultimate transformation of Israel and the world will not be brought about by the exercise of military prowess or by political machinations, but by the inner light of divine inspiration. The Baal Shem Tov teaches, in a similar vein, Every person should know that since creation no one else was ever like him. Had there been such another, there would be no need for her to be. Each is called to perfect his or her unique qualities. And it is his failure to heed this call which delays the Messiah.

    Our strength and our perseverance are indeed very important in making our own lives a success and in working to make the world a better place. But we should never lose sight of our connection to the

    Source of that strength. May the light of the Menorah shine bright within each of us this holiday season.

  • Kehilat haKadosh, December, 2011 3

    A note from our cantor

    Khag urim sameakh! Happy Hanuka!

    There are many prisms through which to understand Hanuka (Chanuka, Hanukkah, Khanuka!). Which one will you choose?

    Will you focus on the miracle of the oil which lasted eight days instead of one? After the

    Greeks defiled the temple and the Maccabees defeated them, they found only one cruse of oil to light the menorah, the symbol of the (second) Jewish commonwealth. Only in the Gemara (Mishnah + Gemara = Talmud) do we find this miracle of Hanuka described, about 400 years after the actual (well documented) event. Nevertheless, Hanuka has always been called the festival of lights. Perhaps you will choose to focus on the miraculous throughout the eight days of Hanuka. Each day can reflect different miracles in our lives, sharing our gratitude with our family and our community.

    Will you focus on the nationalistic character of Hanuka like in Israel today? The Maccabee games are named for this brave family who fought against the greatest power in the world, and succeeded. There are many different kinds of bravery. Perhaps you will use Hanuka as a lens through which to learn about Jewish heroes throughout the ages. During the Middle Ages Jews focused on the religious martyrdom of the story. The courage of Hannah and her seven sons served as models to Jews who suffered persecution. This story is described in rabbinic literature (Gittin 57b, and Lamentations Rabbah 1:16:50).

    What happened to the Maccabees, the Hasmoneaeans? The independence of the Hasmonaean state lasted less than one hundred years. The conflict between Hellenistic culture and Jewish sovereignty continued in spite of the Maccabees successful uprising against the Greeks. We live in two worlds, Jewish and American.

    Balancing both worlds is a challenge the