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April 10, 2019

I just got a call from Susan Hinton. Bill and Susan, members of Aitz Chaim, moved to Gulf Shores, Mississippi. Bill contracted stomach cancer and was tolerating it fairly well for almost two years. It came back in October and since January he has just been hanging on. He passed in a hospice last night. He was 87, but anyone who remembers him he acted like he was 40.

Bill and Susan are converts to Judaism and were more Jewish than many people born in our religion. Sad to lose a friend.

There is no rabbi or Jewish presence, according to Susan, in Gulf Shores. She and Bill chose to be interred at the National Cemetery in Biloxi, Mississippi. The funeral will be within 24 hours.

Susan’s cell phone number is 601-692-4960

I will find their mailing or home address.

Jerry Weissman


600 Holocaust survivors and their families gathered at Beit Avi-Chai in Jerusalem, marking the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Day.


Please join us for our annual Aitz Chaim Community Seder, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Clark and Lewie’s, 17 7th St. S., 5:30 P.M.

What: The meal will include all the traditional fixings including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert.

By now we should have received your reservation and payment.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


I wrote these words to be sung to the familiar tune, one of my favorites.

If He’d brought us out from Egypt,
And had not judged the Egyptians,,
Out from Egypt,
Judged Egyptians,

If He had judged the Egyptians,
And had not destroyed their idols
Judged Egyptians,
Not their idols,

If He had destroyed their idols,
And had not destroyed their first-born
Destroyed idols,
Not their firstborn,

If He had destroyed their first-born,
And not given us their riches,
Destroyed firstborn,
Not their riches,

If He’d given us their riches,
And had not the Reed Sea parted,
Given riches,
Sea not parted,

If He had the Reed Sea parted,
And not led us through on dry land
Reed Sea parted,
Not on dry land,

If He led us through on dry land,
And had not drowned our oppressors,
Through on dry land,
Not oppressors,

If He had drowned our oppressors,
and not led us in the desert,
drowned oppressors,
Not the desert,

If He’d led us in the desert,
And had not fed us with manna
In the desert,
Not with Manna,

If He had fed us with manna,
And not given us the Shabbat,
Fed us manna,
Not the Shabbat,

If He’d given us the Shabbat,
And not brought us to Mount Sinai
Gave us Shabbat,
Not Mount Sinai,

If He brought us to Mount Sinai,
And not given us the Torah
To Mount Sinai,
Not the Torah,

If He’d given us the Torah,
and had not brought us to Israel
gave the Torah,
not to Israel,

If He had brought us to Israel,
and not built the Holy Temple
brought to Israel,
not the Temple,


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 list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Sherri Estil Hopperstad Apr 4, 2003 2 Nissan, 5763
Sandra Albachari Apr 4, 2005 24 Adar II, 5765 Mother of Julie Nice
Margaret Breslauer Apr 6, 1969 18 Nissan, 5729 Mother of Bruce Breslauer
Sid Kelman Apr 6, 2003 4 Nissan, 5763 Brother-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Naomi Bay Kaplan Apr 8, 2007 20 Nissan, 5767 Grandmother of Kai Nealis
Heidi Espelin Apr 11, 1986 2 Nissan, 5746 Sister of Dawn Schandelson
Esther Nagel Lyndon Apr 12, 2012 18 Adar, 5772 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Elaine Thall Apr 15, 2006 17 Nisan, 5766 Mother of Terry Thall
Maurice Weissman Apr 16, 1991 2 Iyyar, 5751 Father of Jerry Weissman
Janet Woodcock Getzenberg Apr 16, 2005 7 Nisan, 5765 Relative of Anne Getzenberg
Gary Cohn Apr 17, 1984 15 Nissan, 5744 Brother of Arlyne Reichert
Harry Wasserman Apr 19, 2003 17 Nissan, 5763 Father of Miriam Wolf
Irving Greenfield Apr 28, 2000 23 Nissan, 5760


Dayenu with English Hebrew and Transliteration
Contributed by Danielle & Misha Slutsky

One of the most beloved songs in the Passover seder is “Dayenu”. A few of us will read the stanzas one at a time, and then everyone else will respond, “Dayenu” – meaning, “it would have been enough”.

How many times do we forget to pause and notice that where we are is exactly where we ought to be? Dayenu is a reminder to never forget all the miracles in our lives. When we stand and wait impatiently for the next one to appear, we are missing the whole point of life. Instead, we can actively seek a new reason to be grateful, a reason to say “Dayenu.”

Fun fact: Persian and Afghani Jews hit each other over the heads and shoulders with scallions every time they say Dayenu! They especially use the scallions in the ninth stanza which mentions the manna that the Israelites ate everyday in the desert, because Torah tells us that the Israelites began to complain about the manna and longed for the onions, leeks and garlic. Feel free to be Persian/Afghani for the evening if you’d like.

English translation



If He had brought us out from Egypt,

Ilu hotzianu mimitzrayim,

אִלּוּ הוֹצִיאָנוּ מִמִּצְרָיִם

and had not carried out judgments against them

v’lo asah bahem sh’fatim,

וְלֹא עָשָׂה בָּהֶם שְׁפָטִים

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had carried out judgments against them,

Ilu asah bahem sh’fatim

אִלּוּ עָשָׂה בָּהֶם שְׁפָטִים

and not against their idols

v’lo asah beloheihem,

וְלֹא עָשָׂה בֵּאלֹהֵיהֶם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had destroyed their idols,

Ilu asah beloheihem,

אִלּוּ עָשָׂה בֵּאלֹהֵיהֶם

and had not smitten their first-born

v’lo harag et b’choreihem,

וְלֹא הָרַג אֶת בְּכוֹרֵיהֶם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had smitten their first-born,

Ilu harag et b’choreihem,

אִלּוּ הָרַג אֶת בְּכוֹרֵיהֶם

and had not given us their wealth

v’lo natan lanu et mamonam,

וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת מָמוֹנָם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had given us their wealth,

Ilu natan lanu et mamonam,

אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת מָמוֹנָם

and had not split the sea for us

v’lo kara lanu et hayam,

ןלא קָרַע לָנוּ אֶת הַיָּם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had split the sea for us,

Ilu kara lanu et hayam,

אִלּוּ קָרַע לָנוּ אֶת הַיָּם

and had not taken us through it on dry land

v’lo he’eviranu b’tocho becharavah,

וְלֹא הֶעֱבִירָנוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ בֶּחָרָבָה

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had taken us through the sea on dry land,

Ilu he’eviranu b’tocho becharavah,

אִלּוּ הֶעֱבִירָנוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ בֶּחָרָבָה

and had not drowned our oppressors in it

v’lo shika tzareinu b’tocho,

וְלֹא שִׁקַע צָרֵינוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had drowned our oppressors in it,

Ilu shika tzareinu b’tocho,

אִלּוּ שִׁקַע צָרֵינוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ

and had not supplied our needs in the desert for forty years

v’lo sipeik tzorkeinu bamidbar arba’im shana,

וְלֹא סִפֵּק צָרַכֵּנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had supplied our needs in the desert for forty years,

Ilu sipeik tzorkeinu bamidbar arba’im shana,

אִלּוּ סִפֵּק צָרַכֵּנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה

and had not fed us the manna

v’lo he’echilanu et haman,

וְלֹא הֶאֱכִילָנוּ אֶת הַמָּן

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had fed us the manna,

Ilu he’echilanu et haman,

אִלּוּ הֶאֱכִילָנוּ אֶת הַמָּן

and had not given us the Shabbat

v’lo natan lanu et hashabbat,

וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had given us the Shabbat,

Ilu natan lanu et hashabbat,

אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת

and had not brought us before Mount Sinai

v’lo keirvanu lifnei har sinai,

וְלֹא קֵרְבָנוּ לִפְנֵי הַר סִינַי

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had brought us before Mount Sinai,

Ilu keirvanu lifnei har sinai,

אִלּוּ קֵרְבָנוּ לִפְנֵי הַר סִינַי

and had not given us the Torah

v’lo natan lanu et hatorah,

וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had given us the Torah,

Ilu natan lanu et hatorah,

אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה

and had not brought us into the land of Israel

v’lo hichnisanu l’eretz yisra’eil,

וְלֹא הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!



If He had brought us into the land of Israel,

Ilu hichnisanu l’eretz yisra’eil,

אִלּוּ הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל

and not built for us the Holy Temple

v’lo vanah lanu et beit hamikdash,

וְלֹא בָּנָה לָנוּ אֶת בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ

— Dayeinu, it would have been enough!





Dear Friends,

On behalf of the leadership, staff and congregations of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, I want to wish you and your family a Chag Pesach Same’ach – a happy and meaningful Passover.

The Psachim Tractate in the Talmud teaches us that Hillel the Elder would eat the Matzah and Maror together, according to the verse from the Book of Numbers: “they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs” (9; 11). This custom, which was adopted into the Passover Hagadah and followed to this day, seems more relevant than ever.

In an ever-divisive society, both within and outside of Israel, the IMPJ continues working to make egalitarian and pluralistic Judaism a commonplace practice, striving to make Israel a place guided by both its Jewish and democratic values, where people of all Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds feel welcome and free to live and practice as they see fit. Over the past year: we have continued working to make the Kotel, the holiest site to the Jewish people, a place where all can worship according to their beliefs; we have continued striving towards an Israel where non-Orthodox conversions are recognized; we have continued establishing Reform and Progressive congregations in places where no egalitarian option is present; and have continued to fight against injustices in Israeli society.

On Passover, we are commanded to remember the story of the exodus from Egypt, and to always remember that we were strangers in the land of Egypt. From this, we are told: “And you shall not mistreat a stranger, nor shall you oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20) We must take this line and apply it to our lives. With it as our guide, the IMPJ continues to struggle for the “stranger in our land” and stand up against the deportation of Asylum seekers. On this Erev Pesach, may you too take pertinent lessons from this holiday of freedom and teach them to your children, and may we see a future where these lessons guide our society.

We are gaining ground in Israel every day, this past fall we implemented a survey regarding Reform and Progressive Judaism on a national level in Israel. Among many intriguing results, it was found that 11% of secular Israeli Jews identify themselves as Reform and Progressive Jews, as opposed to around 6% six years ago. The survey also found that 56% of the secular public and 38% of the traditional (masorti) public have attended a lifecycle celebration (Bar/Bat Mitzvah or wedding) led by a Reform or Conservative rabbi in recent years. With these positive findings, we are motivated to continue making Reform and Progressive Judaism accessible to the Israeli public and will continue to expand our outreach, showing that there is more than one way to be Jewish in Israel.

As we approach Israel’s 70th Anniversary, I wish to invite you for a celebration of Reform and Progressive Zionism in the IMPJ’s 23rd Biennial Convention, which will be held on the 1-2 of June in Kibbutz Shefayim.
The Biennial will include a full track in English for our guests from around the world.

Finally – I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for your partnership, friendship and support, without which, none of what we do could be accomplished.

Chag Same’ach,

Rabbi Gilad Kariv


How is this video different from our other videos?

Music video for “Mah Nishtanah,” performed with the human voice and objects from the Seder table.


There are many free online sources. This is just one.

Need some Seder plate inspirations?
Try one (or all) of these.


A Second Seder Plate
Why have just one? This year, Jewish World Watch asks us to consider the plight of over 65 million displaced persons around the world with their #SecondSederPlate activity guide.

A Chili Pepper
This fantastic Jewish Mexican Haggadah encourages us to add the pepper to “honor the abuelas, the bisabuelas, the chignonas, the curandras, and the other femme Moshes, Miriams, Tziporahs and Aarons in our lives who taught us who we are…”

A Pine Cone
Temple Israel of Boston invites us to remember the mass incarceration crisis in America.

An Artichoke
Interfaith Family notes, “Jewish people have been thorny about this question of interfaith marriage” and has chosen an artichoke to spark conversation towards inclusiveness at our seder tables.

An Olive
Olive branches are traditionally known as a symbol of peace, so this author reminds us “we are not free until there is peace in our homes, our community and in our world”

Coconut & Fruit Salad
JQ International has a full LGBTQ Haggadah with a seder plate that includes a coconut for those “still in the closet and their struggle in coming out” and fruit salad for “our collective potential and recognition”

This author asks us to be mindful of depression and anxiety that reside within us, adding “May the source of all deliver all who suffer from their own personal Mitzrayim (narrow places)”

An Oyster
Kosher? No! But it is a great conversation starter about our reliance on oil and the effects of drilling.

Bitter Chocolate
Some host Chocolate seders to entertain the kids, while others eat fair-trade chocolate to honor workers’ struggles.

In their “Revenge of Dinah” haggadah, a group of activist teens have created a Bitter Chocolate Ritual for us to consider the pervasiveness of rape culture in our Jewish communities.

And for something completely different, try The Science Seder Plate. It’s a great coloring activity with science facts about the traditional seder symbols. We LOVE it!