Congregation Beth Tikvah
Carlisle, PA 17013
Friday Night Shabbat Services, 7:15pm, Asbell Center:
Beth Tikvah Annual Meeting and Bagel Brunch will be Sunday, May 5 at Asbell Center, 11am-1pm
Organized by DeAnna Spurlock, and with various Congregation members leading the discussions, the Summer Reading Series proved to be fun, well-attended events the past two summers.
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.)
Sara Markowitz will do a Shabbat
July 12 (Carol Sharp, leader)
August 9 (Jill Bruce, leader)
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.
CONGREGATION BETH TIKVAH NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
June 1, 2018—May 4, 2019
(As compiled by Steve Tompkins)
At the June 3, 2018, annual congregational meeting at the Carryer’s home, the congregation reelected Emily Burt-Hedrick, Howard Warshaw, and Debra Hargrove to the board for 2 year terms beginning
July 1, 2018.
The board, at a brief meeting following the annual meeting reelected Emily Burt-Hedrick as President, Ariel Franchak as Vice President and Secretary, and Ethel Carryer as Treasurer for 1 year terms beginning July 1, 2018. The board also appointed Carol Sharp to join Ethel and Haddon Carryer and Steve Tompkins on the cemetery committee. The board appointed Jill Bruce to head the Sunday school committee. The board created a Tzadakah committee headed by John Bloom and Amy Farrell. The purpose of the latter would be for the committee to choose local charities about 6 times a year to which the congregation will donate $100 each for a total of about $600 per year. That committee will make the decision and report it to the board and the treasurer.
Following the annual meeting, the board met again October 22, 2018; December 17, 2018; and March 18, 2019.
On June 29, 2018, CBT met for the first of its 3 summer book discussions and pot luck suppers arranged by Deanna Spurlock.
The first book was Refugee by Alan Gratz with Ariel leading the discussion for 14 of us.
On July 27, 2018, we met for the 2nd book discussion: Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen led by
Hagar Levine and Daniela Tomer with 9 in attendance.
On August 24, 2018, we met for the 3rd book discussion: Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crises of Our
Time by David Milibard led by Beth Greenberg and Sahija Becir with 8 in attendance.
In June and July of 2018, Steve Tompkins spent about 52 hours repainting the cemetery fence of 300+ feet in length, with the final work consisting of applying gold leaf paint to the 310 decorative acorns.
Emily Burt-Hedrick once again wrote numerous articles for The Sentinel’s Faith in Focus column.
July 12, 2018: Mourning Those Who Are Gone
August 23, 2018: Getting Ready for High Holydays
November 15, 2018: Taking a Day of Rest
December 27, 2018: Sacred Texts
January 24, 2019: Celebrating Trees and Change of Seasons
March 14, 2019: the Holiday of Purim
April 18, 2019: Celebrating Passover
On September 9-11, 2018, we held Rosh Hashanah services. On Erev RH we had 35 in attendance. The first morning there were 22. The 2nd night there were 7, and the 2ndmorning there were 15 (including some Hillel students). There were 3 for Tashlich.
For Yom Kippur services September 18-19, 2019, there were 54 for Kol Nidre, 37 for YK morning, 10 for the afternoon yoga and meditation service, and 16 for Neilah (including 1 Hillel student).
On September 15, 2018, Michal Greenberg’s father Paul Greenberg died.
On September 25, 2018, Peter Hedrick died and was buried in the congregation cemetery September 28.
On October 28, 2018, many CBT members attended the 5 P.M. candle light vigil and service arranged by the Asbell Center and Hillel at the steps of Old West in light of the mass shootings resulting in deaths and injuries the morning before at Shabbos services at Tree of life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh.
On November 14, 2018, the Carlisle Area Religious Council held its annual Community Thanksgiving service, held this year with a dinner at Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle. Steve Tompkins represented CBT, sounding the Shofar and reading Psalm 100 in Hebrew. There were about 260 in attendance. The service had wide coverage by ABC WHTM TV (Channel 27) and The Sentinel, with Steve being one of 3 people interviewed by WHTM for airing on its 11 P.M. news and on its website.
On November 16, 2018, Sara Markowitz led Friday night services followed by a pot luck dinner at the home of John Bloom and Amy Farrell in honor of Sara’s birthday.
On December 2, 2018, Former CBT member Miriam Kessler died in Arlington, Va.
On December 7, 2018, at Hillel’s invitation, CBT attended a Chanukah Shabbos service and dinner. About 10 CBT members attended.
On December 14, 2018, Saint Patrick Church representatives attended Shabbos eve services and presented our congregation with the annual Advent Rose. There were about 25 in attendance from both congregations for the service and the oneg and discussion that followed.
On January 20, 2019, Steve Tompkins represented the congregation at the annual Carlisle Community Martin Luther King, Jr. service, reading Psalm 133. Samantha Bruce of the congregation won the award for best MLK project from Bellaire Elementary School for her essay on her friendship with her best friend who is Muslim.
On February 25, 2019, Amy Farrell’s mother Lois Ann Farrell died in Carlisle.
On March 31, 2109, the CBT Sunday school students produced, wrote, directed, and acted in a Purim play that many in the congregation attended.
On April 14, 2019, The CBT Sunday School students hosted 5-6 children and one of their mothers, Sahija Becir, from the Carlisle Bosnian Mosque to discuss their respective traditions.
On April 21, 2019, Rachel Kuhr’s life partner of 20 years, Daniel Joseph Gerstner, died suddenly at home. A celebration of life service will occur sometime this summer.
On the evening of April 30, 2019, Steve Tompkins and the Carlisle Area Religious Council’s Robin Orner organized and conducted the annual Holocaust Remembrance service for the Carlisle area. The guest speaker was Harrisburg resident and attorney S. Teri Berman who told the fascinating story of her mother and maternal grandfather in Paris during the German occupation. Teri’s grandfather was in a transit camp in Paris but escaped before the Germans could send him to a concentration camp. Teri’s mother was living in Paris in 1942 when she got word the Germans were sweeping through her neighborhood rounding up Jews. She and the family managed to escape with the help of her best friend’s family and spent the remainder of the war hiding in plain sight in a small village outside Paris where The Resistance recruited her. She met her husband (a US Army soldier from Middletown, Pa.) after the war on the steps of a Paris synagogue on Rosh Hashanah. The Congregation and the Religious Council held the service at Carlisle’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Also participating in the service were 1st Lutheran Pastor Lisa Leber, 2nd Presbyterian Pastor Jeff Gibelius, Mechanicsburg B&H Islamic Center and Mosque Iman Dzemal Crnik, Asbell Center Director and Rabbi Ilyse Kramer, and CBT President Emily Burt-Hedrick. Lori Elliott, flutist for the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, provided musical interludes. About 72 attended the service.