October 2021
Jerry Cutler
Rabbi's Message

This Shabbat’s Torah portion of the week, is Noah. And, in the story of the Biblical Noah, there is a beautiful bit of symbolism. It’s a profound poetic experience for those of us who are neither shallow, nor prosaic.

The Ark, the inhabitants of the Ark, the animals who were brought in two by two, and the flood is emblematic of the forces who are against us in our struggle for survival. If we are to stay above the water, we must learn to live in harmony with one another, as did the animals in Noah’s Ark did.

The flood you see, has no respect for the differences we see between lions and eagles, and bears, and kangaroos and other animals. The flood, as we are all sadly aware of during these times of immense rain and pain, wrought from the Heavens is very destructive and yet, democratic to a fault.

 Noah, believing that he may have been upon the waters enough time as to allow the greenery of the earth to appear, goes first to the Raven and asks that it fly for ‘a number’ of days and return with some sort of symbol that the waters have receded. However, the Raven is not an emissary of peace and serenity and only looks out for himself caring little to overburden his bird-brain with metaphysical speculations about the greater collective good.

The Raven will give up nothing, while his ravenous appetite will spare nothing The Raven has little interest in bold experiments and the Pioneer spirit simply in not within him. Aha! The Dove, on the other hand, is a bird of a different feather. Her highest objective is peace and tranquility, her noblest quest, the olive branch. And, to reach that objective, to attain that quest, the Dove is quite willing to go a long way and to undergo great discomfort. The Dove, incidentally, need not be called a “do-getter,” or a “visionary.” On the contrary, she knows that everyone in the menagerie is in the same boat and that they will either swim together or sink together…and she prefers to swim.  Sinking is so permanent.

 The Dove is released and is gone for a few days. Noah waits as patiently as he can as he is responsible for the next world and its inhabitants. When all seems lost, the Dove appears on the railing of the deck with a branch in its mouth sprouting with green leaves. Noah, his family and the rest of the animals, breathe a sigh of relief. It is the sign he has been praying for. The waters have receded. The world is saved….Well, during those Biblical times it was. What about now?

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler


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October Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Stuart & Cipora Kricun 10/3/2021
Robby & Myla Fraser 10/12/2021
Bernard & Jane Shapiro 10/21/2021
Melvyn & Irene Reznick 10/25/2021
Louis & Fran Zigman 10/27/2021

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Adrienne Leevan 10/1/2021
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Jane Shapiro 10/8/2021
Marilyn Weisleder 10/15/2021
Louis Milkowski 10/17/2021
Lynn Zaifert 10/17/2021
Bobbie Tepperman 10/20/2021
Carol Jean Delmar 10/24/2021
Sue Glass 10/24/2021
Eugene Heller 10/26/2021
Stanley Weisleder 10/26/2021
Roberta Siegman 10/27/2021

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A Message From Patrice Zappa Porter
Greetings and Happy New Year!

I am putting a book together about Nolan and me and also requesting people who knew him and have stories and pictures of him to send them to me at pattieford5@gmail.com. Make it as long or short as you like, it will be appreciated. The title of the book is going to be "If I Could Only Be Sure", one of his biggest hits. 

As soon as I receive them, they will be sent to the publisher. I'll need them by the end of October, no later than that. The book will most likely be coming out in December. Thank you in advance.

Patrice Zappa Porter
Our good friend, Broadway, film and television actress, Barbara Minkus, invites you to watch her new uplifting videos, ABOUT LIFE Series, which is now available for your viewing pleasure on her

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Fern Field Brooks, author of Letters to My Husband, has written a new meowmoir on her cat called Destiny's Children. You can order this charming book at http://www.books2cherish.com. Temple members and friends can add "Temple Member" to your shipping instructions and 10% of all sales will go to C.A.T.

"LOVED IT! A clever and refreshing approach to a memoir!"
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"I Love Destiny and Fern! I was concerned for Destiny on every adventure, felt relieved when all was well, and eagerly await the rest of the series! Engaging. Charming. Insightful - about cats and humans!"

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Did You Know?

Israeli study suggests booster vaccine highly effective

Third Pfizer dose seems effective at preventing infection and severe illness, according to findings published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2021, 2:00 PM

Israeli researchers have determined that a third (“booster”) dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective at preventing both infection and severe illness, according to a first-in-world study published  September 15 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Findings suggest that the third dose boosts immunity about tenfold compared to those who had received only two doses of the vaccine at least five months earlier.
The study was done by an interdisciplinary group of experts from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Ministry of Health, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Gertner Institute at Sheba Medical Center and the KI Research Institute.
Israel offers a unique perspective, as it was the first country in the world to vaccinate a significant portion of its population, and the first to endorse a formal booster vaccination policy.

By the end of March 2021, more than half of Israel’s population was vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – many weeks before most countries.

Encouraging results were quick to follow: Covid-19 incidence dropped from about 900 cases per million per day in mid-January 2021 to fewer than two cases per million per day by June 2021.

Delta effects
Nevertheless, Israel has been facing a widespread infection resurgence. By the end of August, infection rates reached over 10,000 confirmed daily cases and more than 600 people were hospitalized with severe illness.

Experts believe the spike happened for two reasons: the rise of the so-called Delta variant – a more transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2 – and the waning of the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness over time.
In response, Israeli authorities approved the administration of a booster dose in mid-July, first to high-risk populations, and by the end of July to anyone aged 60 and older. Soon after, the booster campaign was expanded to include all vaccinated Israelis who had received their second dose at least five months earlier.
As of now, nearly three million citizens have received a booster dose.

Study of a million Israelis
The researchers examined data on more than a million Israeli adults, half who had not received the third shot and half who did.
Twelve days or more after the booster dose was administered, the rate of confirmed infections and of severe illness cases was more than 10 times lower in the booster cohort compared to the non-booster cohort.

An additional analysis, aimed at neutralizing possible behavioral differences between the two cohorts, revealed that the booster cohort had about a five-fold lower rate of confirmed infections.

Overall, 4,439 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 294 cases of severe illness were reported in the non-booster cohort, compared to 934 new cases and 29 severely ill individuals in the booster cohort.
Other studies have shown that individuals vaccinated six months earlier with two doses have approximately half the risk of contracting the Delta variant compared to unvaccinated individuals. According to the Israeli study, the booster dose reduces the susceptibility to confirmed infection to approximately 5 percent.

Furthermore, Health Ministry statistics show no serious cases in people 60 and over who got infected after having the booster shot.
About 7,400 new Covid cases were confirmed on September 18, and the weekly average number of infections fell from 9,416 during the week of August 29 to September 4, to 7,529 the week of September 12.

In the United States, advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on Friday to recommend that the agency authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine six months after vaccination only for people 65 years and older and for anyone at risk for severe illness, not to the broad public.

Epidemiologist Dr. Ran Balicer, founding director of Clalit Research Institute, explained the policy discrepancy in a tweet. He wrote that the United States felt a lower sense of urgency because its population was vaccinated later than Israel’s; is waiting on proper studies (likely from Israel) on safety and efficacy of the third dose; and prefers to act gradually, in contrast to Israel.

However, the researchers found that the risk of myocarditis and of many other serious adverse events was substantially increased after SARS-CoV-2 infection – suggesting it’s safer to get the vaccine than the disease.

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