Congregation Beth Tikvah 

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




Friday Night Shabbat ServicesAsbell Center: 

There are no Friday night Services in August, but Sara Markowitz will do candle-lighting at 
the August 9 Summer Book Club gathering.  (See below!) 

Sunday School is on recess until the Fall

Beth Tikvah's Summer Reading Series is Back!--Next one is Friday, Aug 9

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.   The first two of Summer 2019 were big successes, too. 

On July 12, Carol Sharp opened the discussion by saying, "I hated this book!".  DeAnna writes, "Carol  explained that she did not like works of fantasy as another participant chimed in, “I hate fantasy, too!” From there another opined the book was a romance novel—even lascivious in parts.  And on and on into intriguing discussions of fairy tales, the Golem, the novel’s setting and descriptions of the transformations from human to bear and human to swan and back again, even a poem by Christina Rossetti called “Goblin Market,” an inspiration for large parts of Sisters of the Winter Wood. "   

The discussion ended with some hearty applause for Carol Sharp.   

In addition to candle-lighting, there were blessings over wine and challah, and Kaddish was recited, too.

Here is the schedule for the remaining event:  There is a vegetarian potluck Shabbat dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by the book discussion.   (please note that potluck start time is 15 minutes later than previous discussions.)

August  9 (Jill Bruce, leader; candle-lighting by Sara Markowitz)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel (9780062860941 Heather Morris


DeAnna adds:   

"The book is available through Amazon, Ebay, local libraries and bookstores as well as local college and university libraries. 

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

Emily's "Faith In Focus" article--Everything You Wanted to Know about Tammuz!

Emily wrote a fascinating article for the Sentinel about the summer months of the Jewish calendar.  I can almost guarantee you will learn something interesting if you read it:

I didn't know, for example, that you weren't supposed to get married between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av (Tisha B'Av).  Had I blundered 33 years ago?   A quick look at a calendar from 5746 showed that my marriage was actually on the 12th of Tammuz.   Of course, the 15th of Av might have been even better, as you'll see if you look at Emily's fine article.

"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

· Make a financial contribution

· 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 and DeAnna for contributions to this Edition.