UPCOMING EVENTS

May 11 at 7:30 pm
SHABBAT SERVICE

May 18 at 7:30 pm
CONFIRMATION CEREMONY

May 20 at 11:45 am
RS POTLUCK LUNCH CELEBRATION

May 25 at 7:30 pm
SHABBAT SERVICE

June 1 at 7:30 pm
SHABBAT SERVICE

June 2 at 10:00 am
ZIMMERMAN BAR MITZVAH

June 23
INTERNATIONAL POTLUCK

August 18
WOMEN'S GROUP CRAFT NIGHT


CLERGY & STAFF
Rabbi Joseph Prass
Religious School Principal: Elaine Gutenstein  
Religious School Asst Principal: Rebecca Sussman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Michael Gutenstein
Vice President:   Robert Goldstein
Secretary: Julie Segal
Director of Finance:  Elizabeth Poguntke
Director of Communications: Wendy Meyer
Director of  Education: Bob Huebsch
Director at Large: Johanna Kohler 
Director at Large: Bob Abrams
Director at Large:  Heather Pacin
 
Please submit your articles,  events, updates
and mazel tov's 
to news@mynertamid.org .  

EDITORS 
MEMBER NEWS 

May Birthdays
3-Paula Krupnick  
4-Erin Moore 
4-Samual Katz 
7-Jason Zimmerman
8-Bill Bingham
13-Brian Katz
15-Jessica Harper
20-Dennis McMillan 
20-Pam Lentz-Landsberg 
20-Bernd Poguntke
23-Theodore Herbst 
25-Chase Sussman

May Anniversaries
18-Heather and Alex Pacin
22-Tai and Chris Keyser
 
REFUAH SCHLEIMA
Please keep the following friends and family
in your prayers for a return to health: 

Kevin Belcher 
Paul Burstein 
Robyn Gandelman
Andrew Goldstein
Emily Gutenstein
Ashe Holder 
Bob Huebsch 
Sue Huebsch
Ir ving Kagan 
Paula Krupnick 
Betty Milikovsky 
Joe Rosenfeld 
Hal Schwartz 
Enid Schwartz 
Jeff Segal 
Mak Yost

IN LOVING MEMORY
We remember t hose who passed away this year:

Jerry Asofsky
Barbara Flamenbaum
Sharon Freedman
Robert Gutenstein
Dave Hayes  
Stephen Mackie
Barbara Quarles
Richard Wise
Bertha Zuckerman

YAHRZEITS
With fondness and affect ion we recall those
whose Yahrzeits 
are in May. We remember: 

Arthur Abrams - father of Bob Abrams
Lila Abrams - mother of Bob Abrams
Martin Degen - grandfather of Heather Pacin
Jeanne Friedman - grandmother of Julie Berenson
Abbie Jan Huebsch - daughter of Bob & Sue Huebsch
George Malin - grandfather of Caren Doleys
Ida Segal - grandmother of Ken Segal
Leonard Segal - father of Ken Segal
Abe Stern - grandfather of Matthew Berenson

Yehi zichronam l'vracha - may their memories be 
for a blessing; may they rest in peace. Amen.  

Observe the tradition of giving tzedakah (charity) to commemorate
the annual Yahrzeit of a loved one's passing by making a donation
in their memory. 
CLICK HERE to donate. If you would like to 
purchase  a plaque in memory of your loved ones, 
please contact Michael Gutenstein.

TORAH PORTION

B'har - B'chukotai ... On Mount [Sinai] / My Laws
Leviticus 25:1-26:2 and  26:3-27:34

The Eternal One spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai: "Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you enter the land that I assign to you, the land shall observe a sabbath of the Eternal." - Leviticus 25:1-2

If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will grant your rains in their season, so that the earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit. - Leviticus 26:3-4

SUMMARY: 
  • God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites that in every seventh year, the land shall observe a Sabbath of complete rest: Fields should not be sown and vines should not be pruned. (25:1-7) 
  • After forty-nine years, a jubilee year is to be celebrated when all the land that had been sold during that time should be returned to its original owners and slaves are to be freed. (25:8-55) 
  • God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites not to make idols, to keep the sabbath, and to venerate the sanctuary of the Eternal. (26:1-2) 
  • God promises blessings to the Children of Israel if they follow the law and warns about the curses that will befall the people if they do not observe God's commandments. (26:1-46) 
  • Gifts made to the Sanctuary whether by conditional vows or by unconditional acts of pious gratitude are discussed. (27:1-34)

SMILE BEFORE YOU SHOP ON AMAZON!
CNT receives a 0.5% rebate on any sales made using the procedure described in the "smile amazon" link at  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-3783248Register now and the congregation will get this rebate.  

EVERY CLIP COUNTS!
We have partnered with Box Tops for  Education. Simply cut the complete Box Top  off the package and turn into the collection box located in the community room. Collection sheets |are available for you to use as well. Simply attach your box tops to the sheet and drop in the box when the sheet is filled up.   Box Tops are found on products you already purchase. A complete  list is available at the front desk.  

SIGN UP FOR KROGER REWARDS !!!
CNT rneeds you to help our reward donations grow!
If you are not already registered, please sign up
today or re-link your code for CNT at  krogercommunityrewards.com with code 63646 or 
CLICK HERE Re-registration is required each school year. And don't forget to use your Kroger card!

SPONSOR AN ONEG!
If you would like to sponsor an oneg for a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, birth of a child or grandchild,  but don't have time, contact the Ritual Committee at  ritual@mynertamid.org. Let them
know what occasion you will be sponsoring the oneg for, how many
you are expecting and send payment to the Ritual Committee, 
and they will set everything up!


SHARE YOUR GOOD NEWS
with your CNT community in future editions of  ChaiLights. Help spread your good news by sending a paragraph with all pertinent information and your favorite photo to communications@mynertamid.org.  Deadline is noon on Wednesday for that Thursday's edition!


CONSIDER A DONATION
Whether in honor of a Bar Mitzvah, birthday, anniversary, or in memory of someone special,  please consider a donation to Congregation Ner Tamid. 
We have the following funds in place:
Education Fund * General Fund * High Holiday Fund * Building Fund * Heidi Meyer Camp Scholarship Fund * Sunshine Fund (for assisting those in need). Recognition letters are  sent for all donations and contributions. 
 All donations are greatly appreciated!

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May 10, 2018  |   25 Iyyar 5778

Shabbat Candle Lighti ng 8:12  p m on Friday, May 10, 2018

Last Friday night, May 4 th , the Youth Group (pictured above) ran an amazing Star Wars themed Shabbat Under the Stars Service - May the Fourth Be with You. I'd like to thank the entire youth group and their advisors on a fun-filled family service. There was a tremendous turnout. It is wonderful when we support our youth's efforts.
 
The board was asked at the annual meeting to provide direct instructions on how to have member's voice heard. We have success around our youth, which I believe contributed to the great turnout last Friday.  Here are the instructions again:  To make sure your concerns, requests, and questions are addressed, please use the suggestion box link below or an email to info@mynertamid.org .
 
There was a request to reopen the 'Space' committee which some members did not know about. There were no responses to my request in Chai Lights for new additions to the committee.
 
Here is a description of the 'Space' committee, who is on it, and the commitment needed to join:
 

The 'Space' committee has been set up to work on recommendations for what we should do after our lease is up at the end of June 2019. There will be up to nine members, as more than that was viewed to be counterproductive. The current members are: myself, Elizabeth Poguntke, Jared Gilmer, Rabbi, Melissa Adelman, Jennifer Seitel, and Bob Huebsch. This leaves two
positions open. 

 
We will take requests to be on the committee on a first come, first appointment basis. This is a serious commitment because a decision must be reached by January 1, 2019. You MUST be able to attend the meetings and do whatever tasks are given to you.  A waiting list will be established, if needed.
 
If you are interested, please e-mail me at CNTGUTE@COMCAST.NET. The next meet will be this month.
 
There are two additional people who have asked to join, but they have agreed to hold back to allow other member families to participate. The next meeting will be the week of May 21, so if I do not hear from anyone else by May 15, I will close the committee and allow these other volunteers to join.
 
On a final note, this Sunday is Mother's Day -  NO Religious School  -  
please spend some extra time with all the wonderful mothers in you life.
 
Michael Gutenstein
President
   

Religious School News

Sunday, May 13 
Mother's Day - no Religious School

Friday, May 18  
Confirmation Ceremony

   Good-bye School...Hello  Summer!
   COMMUNITY WIDE CELEBRATION
Sunday, May 20 from 11:45 am -12:45 pm
Potluck Dairy Luncheon in the  CNT Sanctuary 
Join us as we say "Good-bye" to another successful school year and
welcome in the summer. Bring your favorite dairy dish and join us!
This is a community event and we would like to see everyone.
A sweet surprise is in store for all!

PARENTS: 
Please, return your 2018-2019 Religious School
Re-Enrollment forms by May 20th.
Questions? Contact Elaine Gutenstein. Thank you!

-Elaine Gutenstein, Principal 
Congregation Ner Tamid Religious School 


 
URGENT HELP NEEDED!
There is only ONE session of Religious School left and
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT  to purchase a new laptop for school use. Please, show your support by picking a bloom off of our GIVING TREE.
We appreciate every donation. 

Consider a donation In Honor of:
*Your Mom for Mother's Day  *Your Graduate  *A Birthday
*A Great School Year  *The Amazing CNTRS Staff 
*A Restful Summer 
*Our Community
-Elaine Gutenstein, Principal 
Congregation Ner Tamid Religious School 


Mitzvah Moments

JORDAN MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN
June 2, 2018

As part of my Bar Mitzvah project I am working with Mostly Mutts
Animal Rescue Organization based in Kennesaw GA.  Mostly Mutts works closely with animal control officers and other rescue groups to reduce the number of animals entering into and being euthanized at local shelters.
The organization provides housing, health care, training, physical and emotional care to adoptable animals, and finds forever homes  for them.  
I have also enrolled in their "Read to Dogs" program, which is designed to assist in the adoption of shy and fearful dogs.

I will be collecting monetary donations and items from their wish list).
A box for items will be placed at the temple, or you can give items to me directly at CNT on Thursday nights, Friday nights or Sunday mornings.


WISH LIST
Gift cards to PetSmart for food (they use specific food), Bleach, Pine-Sol, Multi Surface Cleaner (Original Scent), Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap, 
Dog and Cat Bowls, Training Pads, Hand Sanitizer, Doggy Bags, 
Paper Towels, Laundry Detergent, Colorful Towels, Small Fleece Blankets, Trash Bags (45 gallon or larger), Elevated Pet Dog Beds
(used or new), Slip Leashes (all sizes), "Compressed" Chew Bones
(instead of rawhides), Collapsible metal kennels (Large & XL), 
Nylabones for dogs (all sizes), Batteries (AA & AAA), 
Office Supplies: Post-it notes, 1.5" Binders, Printer Paper, Scotch Tape



SHABBAT UNDER THE STARS
The stars shown this past Friday night for the Youth Group Shabbat under the Stars. But it was not the stars in the sky. The service was too early in the evening for that. The stars were the members of the youth group leading the Shabbat prayers and linking them to  Star Wars movies. The participants introduced each evening prayer by creatively linking them to a theme or character from the films and flawlessly leading the Hebrew prayer.
As CNT Director of Education and a former English teacher, I appreciate and applaud their stellar presentation.  Thank you Youth Group: President, Stephanie, and leaders: Matt, Johanna, and Heather. I look forward to Shabbat under the stars part 2.
- Bob Huebsch, Education Committee Chair 

Pictured above, Youth Group member Jimmy Cyganek led the congregation in the Borechu and Ein Keloheinu with guitar accompaniment.


URJ CAMP COLEMAN FAMILY CAMP  

The kids go to camp during the summer, but don't you wish you could too...and create positive Jewish memories with your family?  Come to Camp Coleman Family Camp! URJ Camp Coleman is excited to announce that registration for their annual Family Camp, taking place Labor Day Weekend, is now open! This year their phenomenal musician and artist-in-residence is Naomi Less - check her out (click)!

For more information on camp and and to register, click here!


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