April 2022
Passover 2022 will begin in the evening of
Friday, April 15
and ends in the evening of
Saturday, April 23
Jerry Cutler
Rabbi's Message

Passover is around the corner. As strange as it seems, the basic and most prominent food is a flat piece of bread resembling a cardboard that is placed in an envelope to make sure that the material sent is intact when it reaches its destination. It is a Matzah. A matzah is an unleavened bread which is is called "lechem oni.” The first Hebrew word is Hebrew for bread. The second Hebrew word carries with it, several different meanings. The first and oldest use of lechem oni is “the bread of affliction or oppression." Matzah is a slave bread. That is because it is made of flour and water. It is bread that can be made quickly. Therefore, it becomes a symbol of slavery. The kind of inhumane slavery that we were subjected to by Pharaoh in ancient Egypt for over 200 years. 

The second meaning of "lechem oni" is the bread of poverty. Since matzah is made of only flour and water and no other ingredients, it is the cheapest form of bread. It is the bread of poor people. It is a reminder of our responsibility to deal with the problem of world hunger and the homeless people of our country…the richest country in the world.

The third meaning of "lechem oni" is the bread over which much is answered during the reading of the Haggadah. The word ‘Haggadah' itself means “the telling.” The Seder service tells the children and incidentally, the adults, the answers to some basic questions about history and life itself.

Judaism is a fountain of wisdom which offers a precious guide to our unique history. It tells of the hardships and barriers we had to overcome to be the proud people that we are today. The major problem today is that Judaism has the answers, but we modern Jews have forgotten the questions. Perhaps if we ask again the meaning of matzah, we will find significant answers to the question of life itself. And, we pray, that it will be a life of joy, good health and peace to each one of us and, ultimately, to the world. Amen

Rabbi Jerry


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We will be chanting the Mishabeirach for global healing and reciting the Kaddish for the current yahrzeits. If you have the names of loved ones you would like to include, please let us know.

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April Anniversaries
Mazel Tov to our CAT lovebirds!

Rabbi Jerry and Jeff Cutler - 04/02/22

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April Birthdays
And many happy returns!

Marilyn Silver 4/4/2022
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Joanie Crosby 4/17/2022
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Arlene Sidaris 4/21/2022
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A Message from One of Our Members
Godfrey Harris
A letter I submitted in response to an article about lithium will be published in the New York Times print edition on Thursday, March 10, 2022. They have already posted it online:

To the Editor:
Re “Before War, Race Was On for Ukraine’s Lithium” (Science Times, March 8):
As a former U.S. diplomat and university instructor, I can talk about geopolitical themes with the best of those trying to explain the Russian motives for its war in Ukraine. But your revelation about Ukraine’s largest in the world lithium reserves — and its meaning in terms of the electric cars of the future — suggests that we may have a war propelled by old-fashioned industrial greed.
If so, the West’s measured response, fearing nuclear confrontation, can now be ramped up to deny what may have essentially been a Russian attempt to reclaim the Soviet Union’s control of Ukraine’s resources.
Godfrey Harris
Los Angeles

My hope is that the letter could provide some political cover for a stronger U.S. response on behalf of Ukraine. 

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New Christy Minstrels, Art Podell, was a Greenwich Village folk singer in 1958. In the rush to capitalize on the folk boom, Columbia Records signed Podell and partner Paul Potash and, as the duo “Art & Paul,” they released two albums in 1960 and ’61, which are sought-after today by folk music aficionados.

"I thought I was watching and listening to Will Rogers with an Ivy League education and maybe that's true, but your humor and songs - both touching and delightful - was better and much more enjoyable than his lasso"
-Herb Freed, Film-maker, novelist, and friend 
If you are a fan of the classic folk music of the fifties/sixties, this might be the program for you. 
Add to that some flavors of old-time jazz and bluegrass. We'll be catering to your musical pallets while offering some wonderful premiums to help support KPFK.
Roots Music & Beyond celebrates ten years on air in March!
Third Saturday host: Art Podell [email protected],a bona fide Greenwich Village folkie, one-half of the legendary duo Art and Paul and an original member of The New Christy Minstrels, and Professor.

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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"Wow! Destiny is incredible! I read it in two evenings and was absolutely enthralled. This book is one in a million!"
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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 startups zoom in on climate change tech
Climate tech will continue to grow in Israel as more entrepreneurs and investors grasp the opportunity to help solve this existential threat.

The acceleration of ecological erosion has made it feel like the planet is on a runaway train. While there has been a lot of goodwill and flowery language dedicated to mitigating and even reversing this damage, governments are traditionally slow to act.

Which is why entrepreneurs must take the lead in helping us get back on track.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced at the recent COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow that Israel has made the strategic choice to use the technological prowess of the Startup Nation to help the world reach net-zero emissions before 2050.

Some examples: Israeli alternative protein companies like Aleph Farms and Redefine Meat are addressing the fact that the production of meat is a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions.


Climate tech is not just a sector. It is a paradigm. And it will continue to grow in Israel as more entrepreneurs and investors understand the opportunity to help solve humanity’s greatest existential threat.

The organization responsible for raising awareness around energy tech is Ignite the Spark, cofounded by Cody Norton and Eshel Lipman. They are helping cultivate the energy pioneers of tomorrow by bringing in entrepreneurs from outside the space and teaching them about energy.

“This is because of the relative abundance of the sun — up to 1,900 hours per year — the willingness of different stakeholders like kibbutzim and campuses to implement pilots, but more than that, the awareness that everyone in the country can gain access to the sector and the opportunities encapsulated with it,” he says. “One can see the number of successful IPOs and new climate-tech funds that are emerging now in Israel.”

Lipman adds that “there is some work that needs to be done to improve private-public-utilities relationships, and that will endorse innovative processes to grow domestically, especially in the scale-up phase. This is exactly what Ignite the Spark is trying to do.”

Israel startups and investors coming to the rescue
Startups need venture money

One new Israeli fund is Firstime Ventures, a climate-tech VC investing in post-seed and Series A companies. They are betting on an increase in governmental and private investment to support this new ecosystem.

“Israel is already a global leader in food tech and water and has unbelievable talent in software. We are seeing more and more entrepreneurs who are taking their first steps in climate tech. Israel has a lot of unrealized potential in this space,” says Firsttime partner and Gen Z venture capitalist Itamar Weizman.
Firsttime, the only fund represented in the Israeli delegation to Glasgow, seeks opportunities in areas such as carbon capture and removal, carbon transparency, carbon reporting, and B2B software (a strength of Israeli tech).

BreezoMeter and SeeTree
The World Health Organization reports that “every year exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 7 million premature deaths and result in the loss of millions more healthy years of life.”

The problem is made worse by the many wildfires across the world, which have increased 10-fold per year. Pollen is also causing greater suffering as the seasons become longer. About one-third of the world’s population suffers from allergies related to pollen. Even the impact of Covid is greater where there is more air pollution.

BreezoMeter offers a solution that is used globally by over 400 million customers to assess all those issues locally and make smart decisions.
BreezoMeter offers individuals and corporates an app providing real-time air quality intelligence, advanced pollen information, a wildfire tracker, and weather forecasting.

The wildfire tracker can also detect lava, as there are more volcanic eruptions because of ecological changes.

SeeTree, a startup that at its core provides an accurate account of tree health to optimize farming operations, could become a major player in the emerging carbon sequestration ecosystem.

While there is a lot of fanfare around startups claiming to capture carbon, the tech is not quite there yet. What does work, though it is low-tech, is planting trees.
The non-profit One Tree Planted explains that trees absorb carbon dioxide to build their trunks, branches, roots, and leaves. One mature tree can absorb up to 22 pounds of CO2 per year.

With over 100 million trees under its management in the USA, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Greece, and Israel, SeeTree helps organizations track the number of carbon credits they can attain by planting trees to capture atmospheric carbon.

This is valuable intelligence for companies wanting to avoid penalties for failing to offset emissions.

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