Congregation Beth Tikvah 

P.O. Box 814 
Carlisle, PA 17013 
June, 2019 




Friday Night Shabbat ServicesAsbell Center: 

There are no Friday night Services in June, but Sara Markowitz will do candle-lighting at 
the June 14 Summer Book Club gathering.  (See below!) 

Sunday School is on recess until the Fall

Kol HaNeshama Fourth Annual Concert--3:00pm Sunday, June 2
Beth El Temple, Harrisburg

Come enjoy some Jewish choral music.  Beth Tikvah's Daniela Tomer is one of the singers!
Beth Tikvah's Summer Reading Series is Back!!--First one is June 14

Organized by DeAnna Spurlock, and with various Congregation members leading the discussions, the SummerReading Series proved to be fun, well-attended events the past two summers.   

DeAnna writes:

Our third annual CTB Summer Reading Series is now set.  Once again, we’ll be able to enjoy delicious vegetarian potluck Shabbat dinners and lively, stimulating book discussions at the Asbell Center during the lazy days of summer. Dinners will start at 6 p.m., followed by discussion.  Here is the schedule:

June 14  (Michael Meketon, discussion leader; Sara Markowitz will do Shabbat candle lighting.)  

The Autobiography of God: A Novel by Julius Lester (2005-12-27)


Sara Markowitz will do a Shabbat 

July 12 (Carol Sharp, leader)

The Sisters of the Winter Wood: Rena Rossner: 9780316483254 ...


August  9 (Jill Bruce, leader)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel (9780062860941 Heather Morris


DeAnna adds:   

These books are available through Amazon, Ebay, local libraries and bookstores as well as local college and university libraries. 

Special thanks to Ariel Franchak, Michael Meketon, and Ethel Carryer for recommending the above three books which are well worth the read and thank you to Carol Sharp, Michael Meketon, and Jill Bruce as well for agreeing to serve as discussion leaders this summer!

Please join us and bring friends and family as well to these informal, always interesting, and welcoming events. We look forward to seeing you in June.

"Fill The Bus"   

Fill-the-Bus/Carlisle4Kids is a community event for collection and distribution of backpacks and school supplies for kids in needs in the Carlisle community. It is sponsored by the United Way, Project SHARE, the Carlisle Area Religious Council, and many local churches, organizations, and businesses.


Important Dates:

· Fill-the-Bus, community collection at WalMart in Carlisle on July 19 and 20, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

· Carlisle4Kids – distribution at the Carlisle Expo Center, August 8, 11:00 AM – Noon for children with special needs, and general distribution from 2:00 – 6:00 PM

· Collection at individual sites – collection boxes delivered on June 21 and picked up on July 22 by United Way and Project SHARE


Ways your congregation can help

· Become a table champion. Table champions are collection sites for a specific item and they help on distribution day to hand out those items they collected.

· Be a collection site for any needed items

· Make a financial contribution

· Volunteer at Fill-the-Bus. Slots are 3-hours but all are welcome even if you have an hour to give

· Volunteer at Carlisle4Kids distribution. Any amount of time is welcome

· Identify families in your congregations that could benefit from this event and help them to sign up at


What is Needed (items not yet committed)

· Elementary School backpacks (600)

· Pocket folders (2400)

· 3 ring binders and loose leaf paper (1200/400packs)

· Mechanical pencils and regular pens (400 of each)

· Sneakers

· Hot dogs, chips, fruit, water, and juice


In addition, there will be a prayer table at the distribution and volunteers are needed from 11-12, 2-4 and 4-6. Prayer leaders will be responsible for all prayer activities during their time slot, which includes prayer needs of families at the event, and follow-up if necessary after the event. If you are interested in volunteering at the prayer table, contact Gale du Pont


For more information, to donate or volunteer contact Bob Weed, or Jessica Poe


Send newsletter items to Howard Warshaw in the newsletter's Carlisle Bureau at .  Thanks to Steve, DeAnna, and Daniela for contributions to this Edition.