Author Archives: Joy Breslauer

ROSH HASHANAH HOSPITALITY

Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Cantor ruz gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Wednesday, 09/24/2014: Airport pickup for Ruz Gulko: Aaron Weissman
  • Wednesday evening, 09/24/2014: Dinner hosts for Ruz Guilko: Don and Helen Cherry
  • Oneg after Erev Rosh Hashanah Services. Challah will be provided by Meriam Nagel. Will need apples, honey, cookies, and drinks.

Please contact Helen at 727:2572 or Helen@aitzchaim.com to volunteer for the oneg.

YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE 2014

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Friday evening, 10/03/2014: Erev Yom Kippur services led by Ruz Yulko, 7:00 P.M. at the Bethel.
  • Yom Kippur day schedule:

    • Saturday, 10/04/2014, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.: Yom Kippur Morning services led by Ruz Yulko at the Bethel.
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 12:00-3:00 P.M.: Break
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 3:00-4:00 P.M.: Discussion.
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 4:30-5:30 P.M.: Yitzkor
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 5:30-6:15 P.M.: Neilah
    • Saturday evening, 10/04/2014, 6:30 P.M.: Break the Fast Potluck, traditionally dairy (milchig.)

    The address of the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

    ANSWERS AND QUESTIONS BY RUZ GULKO

    ANSWERS AND QUESTIONS Ruz Gulko

    Shalom, y’all!

    I chose to use this piece as it has a direct bearing on much of my teaching for Rosh HaShanah.

    Looking so forward to meeting everyone!

    Best,
    Ruz

    My 85-year-old mother adores the TV show Jeopardy. You get answers in different categories, and you have to guess what the questions were. It’s on from 7 – 7:30 every weekday evening, and anyone who calls during this time is treated to a hasty apology and a promise to call back. She is one smart cookie, and loves guessing the correct questions before the contestants can. And yeah, she is right about 98 % of the time!

    Everyone has heard that old joke: “Why does a Jew answer a question with a question?” Answer: “Why not?” As silly as this may seem, I think we can look at it as an expression of Jewish non-binary thinking, combined with irony.

    After all, what do we really know? Our awareness and perceptions are clearly almost completely subjective, as has been demonstrated many times over in well-grounded scientific work. The Jewish response to this problem of knowing is to ask many questions, from different angles and approaches, turning it over and over until understanding, comprehension, and wisdom are achieved.

    That is why questions – sheh-eh-loht – are a critically important part of Jewish study, and, can often be more important than the answers. Now, here’s an interesting fact: there is only one word each in Hebrew for What, When, Where, etc. But when we come to the question Why, we learn that there are two separate words: maDU-ah, and LAmah. MaDU-ah means, literally, “What is known?” Basic facts are needed. LAmah means “For what?” That’s the big existential WHY. Why do good people suffer? Why do people do terrible things? WHY ME? Obviously, the LAmah is the much harder question to answer.

    Why do we need to ask so many questions? Which why?!

    ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE 2014

    Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

    • Wednesday evening, 09/24/2014, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
    • Thursday morning, 09/25/2014, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.
    • Tashlich at Giant Springs to follow.
    • Congregation no-host lunch to follow, at Maple Gardens, 5401 9th Ave. S.

    The address of the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

    NEW YEAR’S CARDS FOR SALE

    Meriam Nagel has New Year’s cards for sale. She can be reached at 454-1123.

    YAHRZEITS — SEPTEMBER, 2014

    RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
    Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

    Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this Yahrzeit list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
    May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

    Name of
    Deceased
    English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
    Congregant
    Vicki Sherick Hawkesworth Oct 12, 2013 9 Cheshvan, 5774 Daughter of Jack and Diane Sherick
    Marvin Langsam Oct 27, 2013 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
    William Meyer Sep 6, 1966 21 Elul, 5726 Grandfather of Diane Sherick
    Norman Nagel Sep 6, 1976 11 Elul, 5736 Father of Meriam Nagel
    Harriet Renne Sep 11, 2009 22 Elul, 5769 Mother of Michael Renne
    Joe Barrett Sep 14, 1993 28 Elul, 5753 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
    Paralee Poplack Shapiro Sep 20, 1999 10 Tishrei, 5760 Mother of Jeff Shapiro
    Zel Lana Jenings Sep 21, 2006 28 Elul, 5766 Niece of Diane Sherick
    Frances Langsam Sep 22, 1996 9 Tishrei, 5757 Mother of Helen Cherry
    Alfred Maleson Sep 24, 2009 6 Tishrei, 5770 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
    Nathan Rapaport Sep 27, 1925 9 Cheshvan, 5686 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
    Leila Rapaport Green Sep 27, 1967 23 Tishrei, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
    William Semple Sep 29, 2010 21 Tishrei, 5771 father of Doug Semple

    RUZ GULKO

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the bio sent to us by Ruz Gulko, who will lead our upcoming High Holy Day services.

    RUZ GULKO

    Ruz grew up in eastern Canada where she attended private Jewish day schools and universities in Toronto and Montreal. She has worked with most of the Jewish educational and religious institutions in the greater Seattle area since 1984, teaching Judaic Studies and Hebrew and leading prayer services, particularly at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue and at Herzl – Ner Tamid Congregation.
    Ruz also trains teachers, writes curriculum, and lectures in the general community. She has led Rosh Hodesh (Jewish New Month) and Special Seder programs for women. Ruz’ passion is for exploring and sharing Torah’s radically humanistic teachings.
    She started her free-lance teaching career in the fall of 2007, beginning a small school in her home –- GAN ARGAMAN (Purple Garden) – teaching all ages in all matters Jewish. Ruz is also a “chazzan-for-hire” on the local circuit, leading Shabbat services throughout the community. She has served as the creator, organizer and Hazzanit for the participatory High Holiday services at Herzl-Ner Tamid Congregation since 1991.
    Ruz loves to work with people of all ages, and believes that learning Torah and eating chocolate together could save the world.

    FROM THE MIND OF A CHILD

    JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story.
    His dad read: “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.”
    Concerned, James asked: “What happened to the flea?”

    YAHRZEITS — AUGUST, 2014

    RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
    Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

    Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this Yahrzeit list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com

    May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

    Name of
    Deceased
    English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
    Congregant
    Marvin Langsam Oct 27, 2013 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
    Sidney Dunaeff Aug 7, 1976 25 Av, 5736 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
    Walter Greenspan Aug 13, 2012 23 Av, 5772
    Anne Nagel-Harris Aug 19, 1995 23 Av, 5755 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
    Harriet Marion Barrett Aug 21, 2005 16 Av, 5765 Mother of Nadyne Weissman

    WELCOME NIMBUS

    On Sunday, June 29, Bruce breslauer left with his guide dog Glendale to go to California to retire her and train with a successor dog. Although she is otherwise very healthy, Glendale, who is 9-1/2 years old, has cataracts which are just beginning to be visible to the naked eye. So far, they have not affected her guide work in any way. Although they could technically be surgically removed and thus prolong her working life as a guide dog, Bruce has opted to retire her while she is still at the top of her game, and get a successor dog. He wants Glendale to enjoy a few good years of healthy retirement with the family who raised her as a puppy. She already knows and loves them and they her, so it will be good for all of them all around. Besides living a dog’s life, Glendale also has a promising future as a therapy dog in hospitals and nursing homes, for which she will be very well suited. She will be greatly missed.

    Bruce is now in San Rafael, near San Francisco, in training for two weeks with a successor dog, a male yellow lab named Nimbus, who is about eighteen months old. They are getting to know each other, sorting out who is the alpha dog, learning current guide dog training methods, and beginning the bonding process which will only get stronger as their working life develops. There are five others in his training class, four of whom are receiving guide dogs for the first time. Through donations, the school pays for the students’ air fare to and from campus, and provides dormitory housing and meals for them while they are there. Training a guide dog costs somewhere around $54,000.00, and something like sixty percent of them don’t make it through the program. Called “career change” dogs, they sometimes go on to be another type of service or therapy dog, or they may become someone’s wonderful pet. There is no shortage of people who would love to have a career change dog or a retired guide dog in their lives.

    Every day the students are expected to study and review several hours of information regarding what-if scenarios and how-to procedures, so that they can use the techniques they are learning in real life situations as they arise. During training, the dog-person team is exposed to many situations that might be encountered in everyday life, such as coping with city traffic; taking busses or other forms of mass transit; crossing busy intersections or those with blended curbs or unusual configurations; walking safely down sidewalkless country roads; navigating stairs and escalators; finding entrance and exit doors; maneuvering through obstacle courses, crowded streets, or shopping malls; going to restaurants or through cafeteria lines while carrying a tray of food and drink; going to grocery stores; finding elevators; finding and activating pedestrian walk signal buttons; learning how to navigate college campuses, office buildings, conference rooms, or medical facilities; going through airport security and boarding airplanes. There are several times during training where the dog will be called upon to maneuver their blind or visually impaired partner out of the way of a silent car coming suddenly and unexpectedly toward them. One of the most fun outings toward the end of training is a trip to Muir Woods, full of wonderful sights, sounds, and smells. In addition to all this, the dog is learning to depend on his new partner for feeding, watering, and relieving, the person is learning to trust and follow their dog and to depend on the dog to follow directions and make intelligent decisions, and they are each learning to trust each other and to communicate with each other.

    Toward the end of the training, the emphasis changes from focusing on more generalized life experiences to customizing and fine-tuning the training to the specific environment to which the team will be returning. The point of the training is not necessarily to cover every conceivable situation a dog-person team might face, but to teach them skills and techniques they can use in whatever situation they find themselves to optimize their safety, efficiency, and confidence as a good working team. building the partnership into a well-oiled machine can take several months, often with a few bumps in the road along the way, and in some ways resembles building a marriage. A successful team will continue fine-tuning their relationship throughout the working life of the team.

    At the end of two intense weeks of training, Bruce and the others will go through a graduation ceremony, which is open to the public, during which the families who raised the dogs from puppyhood will formally turn the dogs over to their new partners. Then they have the opportunity to receive a new potential guide dog puppy to start the whole thing all over again. The graduation experience is often a time for laughter and tears for both students and puppy raisers alike.

    For more information, please visit http://www.guidedogs.com

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