PURIM IS COMING! PURIM IS COMING! MARCH 15TH AND 16TH

PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER 5774/2014 MARCH/ADAR I/ADAR II ISSUE #84 PURIM IS COMING! PURIM IS COMING! MARCH 15TH AND 16TH THE FESTIVITIES GO ON AND O...
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PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER

5774/2014

MARCH/ADAR I/ADAR II

ISSUE #84

PURIM IS COMING! PURIM IS COMING! MARCH 15TH AND 16TH THE FESTIVITIES GO ON AND ON! THEY WILL INCLUDE: *THE READING OF THE MEGILLAH COMPLETE WITH COSTUMES, MASKS AND GROGGERS! *A PURIM CARNIVAL *THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL *HAMMENTASHEN *SHALACH MANOT BAGS AND……LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN! SISTERHOOD MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH - 8:15AM PURIM CELEBRATION & BOOK DISCUSSION: HUSH by Eishes Chayil SISTERHOOD NEWS BEGINS ON PAGE 24

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HAMAKOM YINACHEM Marc Richter, upon the passing of his father, Stanley Richter WE WISH TO THANK AND EXPRESS OUR DEEP APPRECIATION TO THE FOLLOWING FAMILIES FOR THEIR DONATION TO PJC: Sabrina & Bruce Hymowitz – In honor of Lauren Hymowitz going back to college Gladys & Arthur Freilich – In honor of the siyum of The Book of Samuel in Rabbi Conn’s Bible Class Barbara & Steve Rubin & Family – In memory of Thelma Bergman Marilyn & Marty Leibowitz Lauren & Barry Goldstein – In memory of Mildred Skolnik Sherryl & Robert Rubin – In memory of Sarita Robinson Stephanie and Elisa Greene & Matthew Moore

PJC MISSION STATEMENT Plainview Jewish Center is a forward-looking, family-friendly, Conservative synagogue, which respects and incorporates traditional Jewish values. We are completely egalitarian and inclusive in all aspects of synagogue life. We strive to provide a distinct, positive Jewish identity through worship, life-long education, enrichment, and community involvement. These practices ensure a congregation in which every member matters. KEEP US INFORMED!! Got good news? Engagements, marriages, births? Send your information by mail, fax (516-938-2737) or email ([email protected]) so that we may share your simchas with the congregation. PLEASE LET OUR CLERGY KNOW! Current laws prevent hospitals from releasing names of patients. Please call the Temple Office when you, a family member, or friend are in the hospital and would welcome a visit. Contact the Temple office at 516-9388610 ext.0. ORBIT (USPS 410440) is published monthly from September to June for $2.00 per annum by the Plainview Jewish Center (a religious corporation under the laws of the State of New York), 95 Floral Drive West, Plainview, New York 11803. WE 8-8610. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ORBIT, Plainview Jewish Center, 95 Floral Drive West, Plainview, New York 11803 RABBI...........................................................................Steven Conn RABBI EMERITUS...................................................Julius Goldberg * CANTOR......................................................................Morris Wolk PRINCIPAL.................................................................Rachel Ginsburg PRESIDENT..............................................................Bruce Elowsky CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD............................Shea Z. Lerner SISTERHOOD PRESIDENT........Debbie Zaglin & Elyse Schrage MEN’S CLUB PRESIDENT....................................Mark Hochberg FAMILYEDUCATION DIRECTOR......................................Judy Alper YOUTH DIRECTOR................................................Mandi Kirschman ORBIT EDITORS.......................................................Margie Richter Shari Roth Elizabeth Kessler ORBIT COVER ART................................................... Joyce Eckstein * In Memorian

DEADLINE - FOR- ISSUE DATE MARCH 1st

Plainview Jewish Center 516-938-8610 WEEKDAY SERVICES Mon. thru Fri…………… 6:30AM Mon. thru Thurs…….…...8:00PM Sun. and Holidays………. 9:00AM Sun. and Holidays………. 8:00PM Friday Evening Services Check Calendar for Times WE’RE ON THE WEB: WWW.PLAINVIEWJEWISHCENTER.ORG

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MARCH CALENDAR Rabbi Steven Conn & Cantor Morris Wolk will officiate at services The Officers and Board of Trustees Extend a Hearty Mazal Tov to the Families of the Following Simchas Saturday, March 1st Shacharit Service…………….......………………9:00AM Mincha/Ma’ariv………..…………….….…………5:30PM Intergenerational Havdalah Party…………..…6:30PM Sunday, March 2nd Services followed by T/T Breakfast…..…....…9:00AM Learn to Read Hebrew………………………..…..9:00AM Membership Committee Meeting…….……….9:15AM Tironim…………………………………...……….....5:30PM USY……………………………………….....…………7:00PM Tuesday, March 4th Sisterhood Meeting…..……………………...…….8:30PM Wednesday, March 5th Chesed Program (10th – 12th Grades)……..…….6:00PM Bible Class with Rabbi Conn……………….…….8:30PM Friday, March 7th Erev Shabbat Service………………………...…….5:30PM Mishpacha Service…………………………..…..…7:00PM Saturday, March 8th Shacharit Service……………………………..……9:00AM Musical Junior Congregation.…….....………….9:45AM Mincha/Ma’ariv…………………………..…….……5:30PM Wine Sale……………………......……….....…….….8:00PM Sunday, March 9th Services followed by T/T Breakfast…………….9:00AM Learn to Read Hebrew……………………...….…..9:00AM Adult Bat Mitzvah Alumni Class....................10:00AM PJ Library Purim Program….……………….…..11:30AM Kadima & Tironim.…………….....……….….…….5:00PM USY…………………………………………….......……7:00PM Monday, March 10th J-Flex…………………………………………......……6:00PM Religious School Committee Meeting......…….8:15PM Wednesday, March 12th Lunch and Learn…………………..………..…….11:00AM Thursday, March 13th Board of Trustees Meeting…………………....….8:30PM Friday, March 14th Erev Shabbat Service………………………......….6:00PM Saturday, March 15th Shacharit Service……….......……….........………9:00AM Mincha……………………………………….........…..1:00PM Family Megillah Reading……………….........……7:45PM Full Megillah Reading and Ma’ariv…..........……8:00PM Carnival and Ice Cream Social………........…….8:45PM Sunday, March 16th Services with Full Megillah Reading….........….9:00AM Religious School Purim Program……........…..…9:30AM Mommy, Daddy and Me…….……….........………10:00AM

Tuesday, March 18th Sisterhood Board Meeting………........……...8:30PM Wednesday, March 19th Bible Class with Rabbi Conn………………..8:30PM Thursday, March 20th Strategic Planning Committee Meeting…8:30PM Family Ed Committee Meeting……………..8:30PM Friday, March 21st Erev Shabbat Service...………….……………6:00PM FFFNS, Girl Scout & Vav Class Service….7:00PM Saturday, March 22nd Shacharit Service…………………………..…9:00AM Musical Tot Shabbat……………………..…...9:45AM Shabbat as One…………………………...….10:30AM Mincha/Ma’ariv…………………………….….6:45PM Patio Players Really Big “Shew”……………8:00PM Sunday, March 23rd Services followed by T/T Breakfast…..….9:00AM Teen 6……………………………………..……..9:00AM Learn to Read Hebrew………………………..9:00AM Adult Ed Passover Workshop……………...10:00AM Patio Players Really Big “Shew”……………3:00PM Kadima & Tironim………………………..…..5:00PM USY………………………………………..………7:00PM Monday, March 24th J-Flex………………………………..............….6:00PM Express Innovations Meeting…....………...8:00PM Tuesday, March 25th Men’s Club Board Meeting……….………….8:30PM Wednesday, March 26th Israel Trip Informational Meeting…....…..8:30PM Friday, March 28th Erev Shabbat Service...…………….…………6:00PM J-Flex Shabbat Dinner…………..……………6:30PM Saturday, March 29th Shacharit Service……………….….…………9:00AM Bat Mitzvah: Rachel Spiegler, Daughter of Elayne and Peter Spiegler Musical Junior Congregation..........………9:45AM Mincha/Ma’ariv…….........…………..……….7:00PM Patio Players Really Big “Shew”………....…8:00PM Sunday, March 30th Services followed by T/T Breakfast......…..9:00AM Alef Passover Workshop………………………9:00AM Learn to Read Hebrew…………………………9:00AM Patio Players Really Big “Shew”………….…3:00PM Kadima & Tironim…...............................…5:00PM USY……………..........................................…7:00PM Monday, March 31 AARP Smart Driver Course……..……………6:30PM

Save the date: Sunday, May 18th - PJC Journal Dinner Dance

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FROM THE RABBI by Rabbi Steven Conn The Rabbi’s Purim Parody In the past few months, the entire Jewish community has been talking about the Pew Research Center’s study, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans.” Countless articles have been written, sermons delivered and forums held to analyze and debate the study’s findings and their implications for the future. The study has yielded new insights into issues that have long occupied the attention of community leaders, such as intermarriage, the decline of liberal denominations and the changing attitudes of young Jews toward Israel. And with these new insights has come a wave of new ideas from the right, left and center about how to address these issues. I have written my share of articles and given my share of sermons about the Pew Study. But even as I read the study, I sensed something was wrong. To be sure, the study addressed the question that interested Jewish communal leaders. But what about the questions that interest those who are not leaders—the “regular Jews” who are the heart and soul of our communities. How much do they think about the fate of Conservative Judaism, what percentage of Jews think God gave our people the land of Israel, or whether children of intermarriage will themselves marry Jews? Don’t these “regular Jews” deserve a study of their own that addresses the many other, smaller but no less significant ways that they express their Jewish identity? It turns out, I was not alone in my questioning. Behind the scenes, many other community leaders and “regular Jews” were clamoring for a different kind of survey; one that sought to find the answer to questions that we all want answered. In response to this clamoring, an independent research agency Steinberg, Kaplan, Eisenberg and Weiner, has been engaged to conduct a second survey. Its tentative title is “The SKEW Report: A Portrait of Real American Jews.” The survey does indeed probe deeply into some of the most pressing questions of Jewish identity in America. The issues it raises are thought provoking, challenging and truly unique. To get a flavor of the kind of questions contained in the SKEW survey, take a look at this exclusive excerpt below. If you want to take part in the survey, simply go to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/ s/Q5LPLDD.

1. Herring should be... __ in wine sauce __ in cream sauce __ kippered __ boned __ sent back to Lithuania where it belongs 2. My Jewish child/grandchild is... __ a genius, of course __ the next Stephen Spielberg __ God’s gift to men/women __ still finding him/herself at age 37 __ no longer welcome in my house

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From The Rabbi ( continued from Page 4 ) 3. My idea of Jewish music is... __ when the Cantor sings Hinini on the High Holidays __ a klezmer feylekeh __ anything by Neil Diamond __ Pink, Drake, Peaches, Matisyahu and any other pop star with one name __ “Fill up my cup. Mazel Tov!” 4. The funniest Jew of all time is... __ Mel Brooks __ Jerry Seinfeld __ Sarah Silverman __ Michael Bloomberg __ The guy in line ahead of me who tried to order bacon and egg on a bagel at Bagel Boss 5. At least once a week, every Jew should... __ Go to services at the synagogue __ Play Mah Jongg __ Have the house cleaned __ Get an “unbelievable bargain” __ Give unsolicited advice to a complete stranger 6. Best pet for a Jewish family... __ Cat __ Dog __ Horse (stabled nearby) __ Purim Carnival Goldfish __ Anything Hypoallergenic 7. “Too Jew-y for me.” I draw the line at... __ Singing out loud during services __ Going to services at all -- except for High Holidays and Bar Mitzvahs __ Eating Matzah after the first two days of Passover __ Buddhism __ Hanukkah Harry 8. Complete the following sentence with the phrase you feel is the most appropriate. Israel is... __ The Jewish Homeland __ Always right __ Always committing human rights violations against the oppressed Palestinians __ The name of my Congressman __ Often used as a first name by families from Puerto Rico ( continued on Page 29 )

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The Cantor’s Note: An Ancient Deliverance and a New Threat Historical evidence of the Purim story is scant, but unlike Hanukah, this festival is based on a book of the Bible, Megillat Esther, and a tractate of the Mishnah and Talmud is also devoted to it. Rabbi Isaac Klein has written that Purim became so popular because it reflected a problem of the Jewish people that has been repeated in every age – animosity against us. The machinations of history’s many Hamans have been a recurring threat to Jewish survival. The celebration of Purim has given our people strength and courage through the centuries, and hope that we would overcome the evil designs of our adversaries. It is on this foundation of faith, not historical corroboration, that Purim endures. Why did our sages call this holiday Purim, the Festival of Lots, when other names might have been more inspiring. A plausible explanation is that the miracle they discerned in these events lies within the very name itself. Instead of easily seizing any moment to immediately begin his genocidal plan, Haman resorted to a drawing of lots to determine a date. The outcome revealed the hand of God and afforded Mordechai and Esther ample time to intercede with the king on behalf of the Jews of Persia, and for the Jewish community to prepare for its own defense. There is a lesson in this for today. Iran, the present incarnation of ancient Persia, has entered into negotiations with the United States and European powers over the disposition of its nuclear program. In grudgingly doing so it was prompted not by a lessening of hostility to the West, and certainly not to Israel, but purely out of self-interest. Its economy has been crippled by very stringent and effective sanctions. This is a regime that has repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel and whose surrogates actively destabilize the entire Middle East. It has deliberately provoked and tested the West, and continues to probe for signs of weakness. Despite their denials, no one seriously believes that their nuclear program is not intended for military purposes. We know that they have been working on the means of delivering a nuclear warhead. Those who negotiate with the Iranian regime should exercise a healthy dose of skepticism and do so only from a position of strength and resolve, keeping all options open. Iran must be convinced that duplicity will only bring even harsher sanctions or worse. Nevertheless, for the duration of these negotiations, the West still has a small window of opportunity to contain Iran’s nuclear threat, like the Jews of the Purim story, and the negotiations should be permitted to proceed without impediment. It is in our interest too, as well as Israel’s, not to have to go to war again. History has shown that even just wars are never simple and uncomplicated and that outcomes are never assured, only loss of lives. But history has also taught that war usually becomes inevitable if your adversary believes that you are so afraid to fight that you would never do so. As we celebrate the ancient deliverance of our people from a Persian genocide, we should fervently pray that in the critical months ahead we can achieve our purpose through hard negotiation rather than war, and that Haman’s present day descendants will never dare to try again. Until that time, American Jews, Israel’s traditional advocates, have to remain vigilant. Cantor Morris Wolk, D. Mus.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Bruce Elowsky BRRR – I can still feel the cold of February chilling my bones. With the low temperature and snow, it made it hard to want to leave our homes. However, PJC was just warming up. We started the month with the Sisterhood / Men’s Club Shabbat. It was a wonderful service run by our congregants. Thank you to our Sisterhood Presidents, Debbie Zaglin and Elyse Schrage, Men’s Club President Mark Hochberg and the program organizers Doris Cooper and Shea Lerner for making it such a huge success. February also saw the start of a new Young Couples Club for those in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with a “Cocktails and Conversation” gathering to jump start the program. Many thanks to Aliza Greenberg, Rayna Herman and Barbara Berse for their efforts. Other events will be forthcoming so please watch for future announcements. Putting February behind us, we can now look forward to future events in March. We start off on March 1st with our Intergenerational Havdalah Service. In the past we have had approximately 300 people attend this gathering. This year’s service will include food prepared by Robert Ian Caterers and entertainment by Ricky Pen. If you would like to attend, please contact the office to place your reservation. Our senior FAN Club starts its weekly gathering on Thursday afternoons at 1pm beginning March 6th. All seniors in our congregation and community are welcome to attend. And if you really want to warm up, you should attend our annual Wine Tasting event on Saturday March 8th. Food and wine will be available for sampling. All orders placed will be filled in time for Passover. And make sure you come with a designated driver so you can enjoy all the delicious wines. The March events just keep coming. Saturday March 15th is Purim and this year promises to be spectacular. As in the past, we will have our Purim Spiel and Magillah readings, as well as the Men’s Club Ice Cream Social. This year however, we will have a professional carnival, so please bring your children, grandchildren, family, friends, and neighbors to this great holiday event. We end the month of March with the Men’s Club presentation of “A Really Big Shew” on Saturday March 22nd and March 29th and Sunday March 23rd and March 30th. Please show your support and encouragement to the cast by attending the show. You will not be disappointed. Also, our 60th Journal and Anniversary Dinner honoring Matilde and Cliff Broder will be held on Sunday May 18th. Please save the date and join us. Always remember to check our calendar for all events that take place in March and subsequent months. Hope to see all of you at PJC. Bruce

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PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER PRESENTS

THE SENIORS FREE FAN CLUB WHAT IS F A N ? It is a FUN AFTER NOON for SENIORS Invite a friend Offer to bring to PJC someone who can’t drive Bring a board or any table game to play Bring playing cards Enjoy hanging out and chatting with friends

WHEN IS F A N? First meeting -Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 1PM -4:00PM FAN will meet Every Thursday, beginning March 6, 2014 Time: 1-4 pm

Coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation requested $1

Please call 516-938-8610 if you are attending

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PJC IS GOING TO ISRAEL!

Meet with Larry Ritter from ITC Tours on Wednesday, March 26th - 8:30PM in the PJC Ballroom This will be the last informational meeting before the March 31, 2014 application & deposit deadline. See trip flier, itinerary and application (pages 32-34) for more information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of your trip committee members or ITC directly. Rabbi Steven Conn = [email protected], Stacy Meyerson = [email protected] Stephen Taub = [email protected], Joel Hauptman = [email protected], Lee Hauptman = [email protected], Rhonnie Diener = [email protected], Dennis Fingold = [email protected]

Tour arranged by ITC Tours, LLC. 800.247.7235 - [email protected] - www.israeltour.com Download full itinerary and application and online registration available at: http://www.israeltour.com/PlainviewJC.html Full itinerary and optional Eilat Petra extensions can be viewed on line

Don’t miss out on the trip of a lifetime! This year we will be in Israel!! Your Israel Trip Planning Committee

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Plainview Jewish Center 60th Anniversary Special Gifts Tribute Please consider becoming a permanent gift donor to the Plainview Jewish Center. The following is a list of suggested Special Gift items that can be dedicated to celebrate joyous events such as engagements, weddings, births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, and anniversaries. Dedications can be made in the memory of loved ones or to acknowledge a special friend. Brass inscriptions will be provided. Synagogue

Lobby/Main Corridor

Bimah Torah New Torah Torah Crown Torah Rimonim Torah Breastplate Megilah Pulpit Chairs

Presidents Plaque Tree of life Leaf(s) Trophy Display Case Tallit and Prayer Book Cabinet Bulletin Board Art Work

Garden

Kiddush Cup

Havdalah Service Items Pew Seats Torah Reader’s Yad Bimah Wall Candelabra Flags on Bimah Memorial Boards Challah Cover Mezuzahs

Name memorial Garden Benches

Religious School Classroom Library New computer Smart Board Display Case Wall Artifacts

For further information, please contact:

Steve Glasser at: 516-938-3069 or [email protected]

WE WISH TO THANK AND EXPRESS OUR DEEP APPRECIATION TO THE FOLLOWING FAMILIES FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE MORNING MINYAN: Sheila & Stephen Taub Gaye & David A. Miller

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Please join us at our Mishpacha Service Purim - Wear Your Craziest Hat! Friday, March 7th - 7:00PM brought to you by The Express Innovation Team and The Arthur Gutmanstein Religious School We welcome parents and children to have the opportunity to participate in a Jewish learning experience together. This will include an abbreviated service with hands-on activities, explanations and text study with transliterations. All ages invited.

Children who attend will receive FRIDAY NIGHT credit; Mishpacha Service slips will be given out at the service. Please fill it out and return it to the school office. Desserts from ZuckerBakers Pareve & Nut Free

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Happy Purim! This year we are truly blessed with happiness. It’s a leap year and we have two months of Adar (Adar I and Adar II) to be joyous in. We have a Sunday morning, March 9th from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm we are having a great Plainview Jewish Center/PJ Library activity, PJ, Purim and Pizza. All PJC/PJ Library events are open to the community and we welcome all Jewish children to attend with their parents. All children will have the opportunity to make a Purim costume out of fabric that they will be able to use on Purim. In addition, there will be a pizza lunch and a wonderful Purim story to listen to. Admission is $5.00 per child and will include all costume making supplies, pizza and drinks. If you wish to attend, please email Judy Alper at [email protected] Our monthly Family Friendly Friday Night Service is being held on Friday evening, March 21st at 7:30 pm. This great service will have you dancing in the aisles. Led by the Rabbi and the Cantor, it is an interactive service with a warm and welcoming feeling. There is an oneg at the end where many join in tasting the delicious food or spending time with friends. If you would like to become a sponsor of the Kiddush, email Judy Alper. Sponsoring the oneg is a great way to share in the celebration of a birthday, anniversary, job or school achievement, birth, etc. On Sunday, March 30th, we will have an Aleph Family Ed workshop on the story of Passover. Open to the community, it is always a fun workshop describing the leaving of the Jewish people from Egypt. It is interactive workshop that will make the children feel as if they left Egypt! Join us for this fun morning activity. It will be held from 9:00-11:30 am in the Kirschner Room. For information or reservations on any of these activities please email Judy Alper at [email protected] s

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Volunteers are greatly appreciated and needed. If you would like to serve on the

60th Anniversary Committee

please contact our Co-Chairs, Leonard Lerner, [email protected] or Evy Rothman, [email protected]

PJC - CELEBRATING 60 YEARS!!

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Spend the second night of Pesach with your PJC Family Tuesday, April 15 th at 7pm Leave the preparation to us enjoy a beautiful seder led by Rabbi Conn and Cantor Wolk $45 per adult; $25 per child (pre-Bar/t Mitzvah Age) contact the temple office for questions

The Men’s Club of Plainview Jewish Center will be presenting the Patio Players in “A Really Big Shew” An original production highlighting the history of television. Saturday evening, March 22nd, Sunday afternoon, March 23rd, Saturday evening, March 29th Sunday afternoon, March 30th. If you can place an ad in our Playbill or if you know a merchant who can place an ad, please have the attached Playbill Ad flyer completed and returned to the Temple.

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CONGRATULATIONS! OUR B’NAI / B’NOT MITZVAH RACHEL SPIEGLER March 29, 2014 Rachel is the daughter of Elayne and Peter Spiegler and has two sisters, Shari and Jacquelyn. She is a seventh grader at Mattlin Middle School. Rachel enjoys art, painting and band. Her favorite holidays are Simchat Torah, Passover and Purim. For her Mitzvah Project, Rachel is making birthday boxes for Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters.

REMEMBER TO PURCHASE CANDY BAGS FOR YOUR BAR/BAT MITZVAH THROUGH OUR YOUTH GROUP CONTACT THE TEMPLE OFFICE: 938-8610

pjc website Please visit our website www.plainviewjewishcenter.org and view the timeline and montage videos prepared by Steven Rubenfeld in honor of Plainview Jewish Center 60th celebration!   I am also regularly uploading pictures of recent events on our photo page - Kym Newborn and Carol Hauser are amazing at forwarding these pictures to me.  You can also view the current and prior Shul publications - The Orbit (Temple and Sisterhood) and the Men’s Club Hakol.  As you know, these publications contain all the information necessary to be up-to-date with happenings around the Shul.  These are pdf files, which are easy to read on the computer - you can enlarge the document on the screen for easier reading and if you are unsure how to download the free software onto your desktop or laptop or even hand held devices (iphone, ipad, etc.) I will be happy to assist.  You can email me at [email protected] with any questions.

Olga Portnoy

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Help Support PJC’s Hebrew School Fundraiser for Extra-Curricular Activities and Programs Throughout the school year, the Hebrew school offers extra-curricular programs and events to its children to enhance their Jewish education and make learning fun. Some events offered in the past or that the Hebrew School Committee would like to pursue in the future include: an olive oil pressing workshop, a matzah baking workshop, a trip to the Suffolk Y to see the Jewish exhibit and a session with an Israeli dancing instructor. To help offset the expense of these events, the Hebrew School Committee is conducting a congregation-wide 50/50 raffle now through Purim. Half of the total proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will be allocated specifically to the Hebrew school to support extra-curricular educational activities and programs for the students and the other half will be divided into 2 equal parts offering participants 2 chances to win. The drawing will take place at the Megillah reading service on Purim in the main sanctuary on the evening of March 15, 2014. Ticket prices are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please complete the form below and send it with payment to the temple office at 95 Floral Drive, Plainview, NY 11803; ATTN Hebrew School 50/50. Your raffle tickets will be mailed back to you. Participants need not be present the evening of the drawing as long as contact information is provided below. Thank you for your support with this fund raising initiative. If you have any questions regarding this fundraiser, you can contact the Hebrew School office or e-mail Stacy Meyerson at [email protected] Hebrew School 50/50 Raffle o I would like to purchase 1 raffle ticket for $5.00 to support extra-curricular programs at the Hebrew School. o I would like to purchase 5 raffle tickets for $20.00 to support extra-curricular programs at the Hebrew School. o I would like to purchase ________ tickets for $__________ to support extra-curricular programs at the Hebrew School. o I don’t want to purchase raffle tickets but would like to make a donation to the Hebrew School for $__________ Please make check payable to: Plainview Jewish Center Name__________________________________________ Phone Number____________________ Address______________________________________________________________________________

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SCHOOL NEWS By Rachel Ginsburg, Principal A month ago, at our ceremony of giving the Siddurim to our Gimel class, I explained the meaning of the phrase “we shall do and obey.” I indicated that the Jews during the time of the Torah had such faith in G-d that they were ready to perform mitzvot before they fully understood them. The same phrase appeared also in the story of Esther. We read in the Megillah that after the Jews of Persia were saved from the decree (to be killed by the King’s order) Jews everywhere received letters from Mordecai asking them to celebrate the event and make it a holiday for generations to come. The Megillah says, “because of what they (the Jews in Persia) experienced and what had happened to them, the Jews (everywhere) confirmed and undertook upon themselves and their seeds”…. to fulfill the obligation of celebrating Purim. The way it is written reveals to us the same notion. We see Jews were accepting the mitzvah of celebrating Purim and all of its rituals even if some of them were not part of the miracle and didn’t experience that threat. Why? Because they had faith that Mordecai’s request and the Rabbis’ decree represented the will of G-d. They accepted the obligation immediately without questioning its wisdom. They also took it upon themselves to pass it down to future generations. Purim became a very likeable holiday because of many silly customs associated with it, but, on a higher level, it is another holiday that we celebrate where the Jews were saved due to the intervention of G-d (even if it is not so obvious) and where the heroes Mordecai and Esther showed a deep faith in G-d. They were ready to endanger themselves and take action believing that somehow G-d will help them. I think that even today, when anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe and people question the legitimacy of the State of Israel, we should learn from the past to have faith in Gd and that he will guide us on a righteous path on how to secure our future. I want to wish all of you a Happy Purim and remind you that it is a mitzvah to hear the Story of Esther, both in the evening and the following morning. It is also a mitzvah to give food portions to our friends, tzedukah to the poor and to eat a Purim Meal (Seudat Mitzvah). On Sunday, March 16th, we shall have a very special school program for Purim. There will also be two musical Junior Congregations: one on March 8th and one on March 29th. Please come and join us – it is really a fun experience! Chag Sameach, Rachel

FREE MONEY Please help our Religious School earn free money Save Box Tops from General Mills brand items

Ziploc – Kleenex – Hefty – Cheerios – Scott Paper Gogurt – Kix – Betty Crocker and many more !!

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MARCH 2014 SCHOOL CALENDAR Mar. 1, 2014 5 7 8 9 10 10 15 16 21 21 *22 23 24 24 28 29 30

Saturday Havdalah Program 6:30PM-8:30PM Wednesday Chesed Program 6PM-8PM- 10th, 11th & 12th Grade Friday Mishpacha Service 7:00PM-8:00PM Saturday Musical Jr. Congregation 9:45AM-11:15AM Sunday Rosh Chodesh 5:30PM-7:00PM-It’s a Girl’s Thing Monday J-Flex 6:00PM-8:00PM - Teen Program Monday School Comm. Mtg 8:15PM Library Saturday Purim Carnival 7:45PM-10:45PM Sunday Purim Program 9:30AM-12:00PM-NOTE NEW TIME Friday Preschool Shabbat 6:00P-6:30PM Friday Family Friendly Service 7:00PM-8:00PM Saturday Shabbat-As-One 10:30AM-12:00PM Sunday Stepping-Up 6/Vav - Session VI 9-11:30AM - Youth Lounge Monday J-Flex 6:00PM-8:00PM – Teen Program Monday Express Innovations Meeting 8:15PM - Library Friday J-Flex Shabbat Dinner 6:30PM Saturday Musical Jr. Congregation 9:45AM-11:15AM Sunday Alef Passover Workshop 9:00AM-11:30AM

*NOTE: Originally scheduled as Gimel Class Service/Shabbat-As-One. Due to special circumstances, this will be a regular Shabbat-As-One

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REFUAH SHELAYMAH Our Plainview Jewish Center Family wishes a refuah shelaymah to: Hank Marcus Mina Kwitkin Irving Weingarten Martin Bertisch Zelda King To our PJC members: if you would like to have a family member included in this section, please notify the temple office at: 516 938-8610 x101

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ShopRite & Fairway Food Certificates are always available

Call Illyse - 622-6657 or Temple Office - 938-8610 Remember, by supporting the Food Certificate Program, you support PJC! ** gift cards and scrip will be sold Sunday mornings 9-12 in the temple lobby!!

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SISTERHOOD NEWS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - Debbie Zaglin & Elyse Schrage, Co-presidents There is an old saying that states “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb”.  We’ve had enough of winter.  Hopefully March will bring us some milder weather. Todah Rabbah to Doris Cooper for doing such an outstanding job of organizing the Sisterhood/ Men’s Club Shabbat. It was fabulous!  Thanks also to all the participants and those who came to support us. Also, thanks to Michele Brickman and Doreen Guzik for coordinating and running the Mah Jongg tournament held in January. It was a great success! Sisterhood has many plans for March. We hope to see many of you at our general meeting.on Tuesday evening, March 4th. We will have a Purim program. We will also be discussing the book, “Hush.” Unfortunately, we were not able to discuss it at our February meeting due to snow and icy conditions. You do not need to read the book in order to participate. The discussion will be led by Judi Dorosin who is the leader of our ongoing Sisterhood Book Club. Purim is March 15th. Hope you all got your Shalach Manot orders in. We are packing Shalach Manot bags on Sunday, March 9th.  We are starting at 9 AM and we will be there till about 3 PM. We could use all the help we can get. If you have an hour or two to help all you need to do is just show up at the temple.  If you have any questions you can call Marion at 933-8085 or Bunny at 433-5778. The finished bags can be picked up on the evening of March 15th, the night of the Megilla reading. There will be a Women’s League Torah Fund day on March 20th at South Huntington Jewish Center located at 2600 New York Ave, Melville.  Reservations must be in by March 12th. Cost is $24.00 payable to BQLI. Send check to Shari Schnitzer - 15 Heathcote Dr.,  Albertson, NY 11507. Remember- Spring is just around the corner.  After staying in most of the winter, it is time to come out again and socialize with your friends.  Hope to see you all at our next general meeting on March 4th.

PROGRAM Rose Weiner - Program Vice President Come and join us on Tuesday, March 4th, for our Purim celebration and meet Sisterhood’s own “Queen Esther.” There will be hamentashen and other treats. It promises to be a fun filled evening. There will also be a book discussion which will be led by Judi Dorosin. We will review, Hush, by Eishes Chayil. If you were not able to read the book please come anyway. It is a novel about the ultra orthodox living in Brooklyn and the physical and sexual abuse that takes place in their community. The topic is quite interesting and provocative. We expect to have a most lively discussion. You can participate in the discussion without having read the book. Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs: Tuesday, April 1st - Passover Seder Tuesday, May 6th - Israeli Showcase with entertainment

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SISTERHOOD JUDAICA SHOP The Sisterhood Judaica Shop has gifts for all your holiday needs. We have a large selection of honey and apple sets,seder plates, menorahs, mezuzahs, jewelry and head coverings for both men and women. Our great holiday serving pieces, including platters and utensils, are wonderful for celebrating and entertaining or to bring as a gift to family and friends. WHEN YOU THINK GIFTS, THINK SISTERHOOD JUDAICA! FOR INFORMATION, CALL MICHELE HAIMES @ 516-822-0704

BUY JNF TREES FROM SISTERHOOD THEY CAN BE IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE OR IN HONOR OF A LOVED ONE OR JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO PLANT A TREE IN ISRAEL JNF TREES ARE $18.00 EACH PLEASE CONTACT ELYSE SCHRAGE @ 822-7062

MAY WE SERVE YOU Prayer Book Fund Diane Miller 935-7732 Judaica Shop Michele Haimes 822-0704

Torah Fund Rose Weiner 935-0454 Joyce Rimer 433-4826 Judi Dorosin

Book of Life Rhoda Meshover 938-8818 Cookbook Barbara Alhadeff 631-923-0000

JNF Certificates Elyse Schrage 822-7062

Mitzvah Committee: Call Temple Office: 938-8610 (Shiva Set-up & Shiva Chairs Available)

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TORAH FUND - Rose Weiner, Torah Fund Coordinator

The Torah Fund campaign is Sisterhood’s commitment to the Jewish Theological Seminary. The JTS is the basis of Conservative Judaism with a worldwide network of academic and religious institutions. By supporting the Torah Fund campaign you are making it possible for our future rabbis, cantors and teachers to be trained and educated. You can help by purchasing Torah Fund cards which are available for all occasions. They can be bought for personal use or they can be sent out for you. Cards are available at general meetings, or you can contact Joyce or Rose who will be happy to send them out for you. Cards are $4.00 each ( plus $.50 postage if we send it for you). We welcome benefactors for a pledge of $180 and you will receive a beautiful pin. Your donations will help safeguard the future of Jewish life for our children and future generations to come. Thank you for your support!

Rose - 935-0454, Joyce - 433-4826

*** Special Sale: $36 for ten cards $20 for six cards

Welcome a new arrival! Send one of these beautiful Torah Fund cards today!

Send these beautiful cards to celebrate happy occations, to acknowledge the death of a loved one, to thank a friend, to wish someone a return to good health or just to let someone know you’re thinking of them.

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THE BIBLE CLASS REBOOTS! BEGINNING THIS MONTH: THE BOOK OF DANIEL THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL OR APOCOLYPSE LATER Looking for an hour of action, drama and excitement on Wednesday night? Take in a classic series that has been delivering the thrills for more than 2000 years. Join Rabbi Conn, for all the action on selected Wednesday evenings at 8:15 PM. We will continue our new unit of study; one of the Bible’s most interesting and challenging books: Daniel. Daniel is both a faith-hero and an oracle who proves himself as both a man of action and a prophet. Who was this intriguing figure? To whom is the book about him really addressed? How did this book get into the Bible in the first place? And what does Daniel tell us, if anything, about the end of days? Free and open to all. Bring your own Bible or use the study sheets provided in class. No Hebrew necessary.

March 5th March 19th

Daniel 3 Daniel 4

Next Session The Firey Furnace The King Dreams Again

Our study of the Book of Daniel should conclude this fall; making it easier for those unable to make a long term commitment to the class. New participants are always welcome.

LUNCH AND LEARN This Month on Wednesday, March 12th Join us from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM for stimulating study, good food and even better company at our monthly Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Conn. This month, in honor of Purim, we will learn about, “Fighting the Bad Guys: Haman and Other Notorious Villains in Jewish Tradition.” Suggested donation is $5 per person. Lunch and Learn is usually held on the second Wednesday of each month. Open to all PJC members and the community at large.

PRESCHOOL (AKA TOT) SHABBAT MUSICAL TOT SHABBAT ON SATURDAY MORNINGS! Pre-School (aka Tot) Shabbat will be held on Saturday morning, March 22nd: from 9:4510:45 AM. Musical Tot Shabbat is a new monthly program led by Michal Fruchter (from Miss Debbie’s) and Shana Fruchter (keyboard and songleading). It Features lively music, games, songs, stories, prayers, refreshments and more. This program is open to the entire community, so bring your neighbors and friends!

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WE WISH TO THANK AND EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION TO THE FOLLOWING FAMILIES FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE YAHRZEIT & YIZKOR FUND: Linda Sobolow Eloise & Lester Goldstein Shahla Hezghia Eleanor & Melvin Tanenbaum Gale Pine Clifford Luban Janet & Mervin Unger Claire Pottish Sandra & Donald Isaacson Sarah & Abraham Gutman Willy Hoenig Carol & Melvin Breshin Helen Fuchs Anita & Sheldon Chassen

Bela & Melvin Schoenfeld Loretta & Izzy Fleiss Dorothy & David Stopsky Harriet Cohen Phyllis Sarrel Elyse & Howard Schrage Susan & Michael Levy Nancy & Kenneth Maltz Marilyn & Landon Zuckerman Mindy & Jeffrey Friedman Rhoda Meshover Ellen & Norman Kaufman Stacy & Andrew Meyerson Doris & Hy Schoenfeld

Laurie & Joel Bates Elizabeth & Julius Libutti Ellen & George Rosenbaum Louise & Seth Pollack Yolanda Needleman Gale Pine Sherry Landau Diana & Dr. Elliott Rosensweet Rochelle & Harvey Lefkowitz Lenore & Bob Weinstein Lisa & Dan Abramovich Barbara & Martin Novick Rita Gulack Natalia Nevidomsky

MEN’S CLUB by Stephen Taub March is a busy month for Men’s Club. It all gets started on Purim on March 15th. Men’s Club will be hosting its annual ice-cream social after the reading of the Megillah. Of course, there is no charge for this popular event. Later in the month the Patio Players will be putting on their annual show. This year we will be presenting, “A Really Big Shew,” an original musical tribute to the history of television. We will once again be performing four shows: March 22nd (evening), March 23rd (afternoon), March 29 th(evening) and March 30th (afternoon). Looking ahead to April, circle April 5th on your calendar. That evening Men’s Club will be teaming up with Sisterhood to host a social with Rich Liptzen and his band. A light dinner will be provided, catered by Robert Ian Caterers. The following evening, Men’s Club board member Stuart Haimes will be honored as the PJC Men’s Club Man of the Year at the annual Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs annual dinner. Jessica Hauser will also be honored as Youth of the Year. The event will take place at Crest Hollow Country Club. Cost for the dinner and dance is $90 per person. Also in early April, look in your mailbox for your Yom Hashoah candle, courtesy of the Men’s Club. Contributions to defray the costs of this annual program are appreciated.

FROM THE RABBI ( continued from Page 5 ) 9. Tzedakah is... __ A Mitzvah __ An act of charity __ A kind of decorative box __ Not much, but it’s a living __ My only motivation for listening to you

10. My favorite Jewish Holiday is... __ Rosh HaShannah __ Passover __ Hanukkah __ April 16th __ The Barney’s Warehouse Sale

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Hatzilu Means Rescue Hatzilu is reaching out to our community for help. This worthy organization has been assisting impoverished and needy Jews throughout Nassau County for many years. Volunteer social workers help elderly Jews obtain the government benefits to which they are entitled and food is provided to the hungry. Hatzilu maintains the largest kosher food warehouse in Nassau County and volunteers deliver food to people who need it desperately. The warehouse is in dire need of canned goods and nonperishable foods. Donations of these products would help restock the shelves that are almost bare. Hatzilu appreciates all money donations as well. A food collection box will be placed by the main entrance of the synagogue. Thanks for helping those in need. For further information about Hatzilu, please go to: www.hatzilurescue.org or call 931-2884. Arlyne Skolnik

HATZILU IN ORDER TO HELP OUR JEWISH POOR AND ELDERLY, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO HATZILU. MEN’S CLUB WILL SEND A CERTIFICATE TO HONOR THE NAME OF MEMORY OF WHO YOU CHOOSE. THIS IS AN IDEAL WAY TO EXPRESS A “SIMCHA” OR “SYMPATHY” AND TO HELP OUR FELLOW JEWS. PLEASE EMAIL STEVE GLASSER AT: [email protected] OR CALL HIM AT: 516 938-3069 TO ORDER A CERTIFICATE

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ATTENTION ALL CONGREGANTS: OUR WEEKDAY EVENING MINYANS ARE IN NEED OF A FEW GOOD PEOPLE!

WEEKDAY MINYAN IS AT 8PM AND LASTS 15 MINUTES. ANY DAY YOU CAN COME DOWN WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU

PJC BUY A BRICK PROGRAM Please help us in raising money to upgrade, beautify and maintain our building and grounds. Our Walkway of Memories will provide a permanent way to honor or memorialize a family member or friend, a business or special occasion. For further information or additional order forms, please call: Larry Speiller at (516) 938-8610.

M’yad L’yad (Helping Hands) Please join Sisterhood, other members of PJC and many others on Long Island as an anonymous sponsor of a LI family in need . All you need do is send a package as few as four(4) times per year through your local UPS store. M’yad L’yad will pay the shipping cost. For more information, call: Marilyn or Marty Leibowitz at 822-6965. Text Study with Rabbi Conn Most Shabbat Afternoons between Mincha (Afternoon) and Ma’ariv (evening) services. Begin the new week with a few minutes of study. This fall, we will focus on a question from the weekly Torah portion and the answer given by Rashi, the most famous of all commentators. Our discussions are always brief, and usually insightful. So join us for prayer, study and camaraderie as we explore the Torah together.

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PSSST! IT’S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE

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Respecting others’ privacy is an important Jewish value. Lashon HaRa—gossip—is uniformly condemned by our tradition. But there is at least one exception. When someone is ill or in need of care and support, it is a mitzvah to tell people who can help. In our community, the Rabbi and Cantor provide pastoral support to individuals and families who are suffering illness and those who need emotional support. The Rabbi also serves as the liaison to our newly formed Bikur Cholim Committee; which provides additional visits and support to those who request it. Please let the Rabbi and Cantor know when someone in our congregation is ill; or when a family is dealing with a crisis. Only when they know can they reach out to individuals and families in need. Only when they know can they mobilize our Bikur Cholim committee to provide additional support. Don’t worry that they might already have the information. Don’t worry that you are “bothering” these busy people. The information you provide will be vital to helping our congregation to serve the needs of those who need us the most. Rabbi Conn and Cantor Wolk can be reached at PJC at (516) 938-8610. Rabbi Conn can be reached by cell at (516) 524-7447 or by email at [email protected]

PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER CEMETERY GROUND Location: Wellwood Cemetery at Pinelawn, New York Cost:

Single Graves available at $600 each grave.

Terms:

25% down with interest free monthly payments for a period of up to two (2) years.

Eligibility: Available to PJC Members ONLY. For information call: JOEL FASS 938-7351

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We are joining Plainview Jewish Center’s Multi-generational Family Israel Adventure with Rabbi Steven Conn - August 10 - 20, 2014 Optional Eilat Jordan - Petra Extension August 20 to 22 or 20 to 24, 2014 NAME: ___________________________________________E-Mail Address ___________________ ADDRESS:_________________________________________CITY:___________________STATE:_____ZIP:________ HOME #:________________CELL#:______________WORK#:______________FAX#____________ Name as appears on Passport Passport # Passport Exp. Date of birth

Check your Passport – It must be valid for 6 months beyond your trip return date.

(check payment) ___ Land Only Package: $2595 per person in a double room

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Land and Air Package: $4245 Single Room supplement $780 Third person over 18 in triple room: subtract $390 Child, age 2-12 as third person in a triple room: subtract $410 Bar/Bat Mitzvah, age 12-13 as third person in a triple room: subtract $795 Child, 14-18 as third person in a triple room: subtract $305 Children as third and fourth persons in a quad room: subtract $200 each

Optional Eilat - Petra Extension - August 20-22 - $1150 per person based on 6 to 10 Participants, Eilat/Petra extension 20–24 August 2014 - $1434 per person based on 15 Participants ,

Added to cost: tips for Guide, Driver, Restaurants and porterage $180 per person Please let us know if there are any accessibility requirements physical limitations or restrictions?

______________________________________________________________________________ Price has been reduced for check payment, for credit card payment please add 4% *Included in air price - airport tax and fuel surcharge (Fuel and Tax surcharge are subject to change until purchased.) We offer Group Rate Travel Insurance. Please check our website for coverage details. The cost is $169 per person. Insurance includes preexisting conditions if purchased with deposit. Return this application with a deposit of $250.00 per passenger Deposit Amt: $_________ Optional Insurance Amount: $_________ Total Amount: $___________ Please make check payable to: ITC Tours, and return to address below. All pricing based on check payment PLEASE READ REVERSE SIDE AND SIGN– THANK-YOU - PAYMENT IN FULL DUE 90 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

ITC TOURS LLC - 66 WEST MOUNT PLEASANT AVE. SUITE 206 – LIVINGSTON, NJ 07039

973-535-2575  1-800-2 ISRAEL FAX: 973-535-2690  E MAIL:

[email protected]

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS ROOMS: Prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost. $780 TAXES: Airport tax and fuel surcharge are included in the ticket price when ticketed TIPPING: Tips for guides and drivers is added in the tour price. $180 Insurance is not included in the tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any losses or expenses, which you or any member of your party may incur as a result of failing to secure adequate coverage. MEDICAL CONDITION: ITC is not responsible for any medical conditions that may occur during or prior to the tour. I

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We offer Group Rate Travel Insurance. Please check our website for coverage details. The cost is $169 per person for trips totaling $5500 per person or less, and $210 for trips totaling $5500-12,000 per person. Insurance will only cover pre-existing conditions if purchased within 14 days of your deposit date. CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be in writing to us and must be signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are received by us. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the date the tour departs. Penalties will apply. If you cancel your tour, cancellation fees and penalties will be deducted from your refund or deposit. Cancellation fees will apply to all deposit checks (Airline penalties could be equal to the total cost of the ticket.) Cancellation fees apply to each person. MINIMUM FEE OF $ 100.00 PER.PERSON. FOR ANY CANCELLATION PRIOR TO DEPARTURE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE CANCELLATION FEE

90- 60 Days 59-45 Days 44 - or less

$300.00 per person $400.00 per person No Refund

*Plus any penalties applied by airlines, hotels and tour operators. No refunds are issued for cancellations on private tour itineraries. After itinerary is complete there will be a $100. Change fee assessed per charge. BAGGAGE: Luggage is the responsibility of the passenger and that of the airlines. For lost luggage claims, the passenger is responsible for notifying the airline directly. SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: There is no advanced seat selection for tour departures; however, we will try to meet individual requests upon availability. Three hours advance arrival to the airport is necessary to insure adequate time for check in. RESPONSIBILITY FOR FLIGHT AND PASSENGER ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES: ITC is responsible for making all arrangements for tour services offered in the itinerary. The airlines, hotels, land operators and other suppliers providing services are independent contractors and not agents, employees or associates of ITC. Acceptance and confirmation of your reservation is at the discretion of the airlines even after full payment has been made. ITC, Rabbi Conn and Plainview Jewish Center assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the service of an aircraft, motor coach, taxi, or other conveyances, which may be used in the performance of its duty to the passengers. All vouchers and other documents for services issued by the company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers and to the laws of the country where services are supplied. If the tour services as indicated by the itinerary cannot be supplied or there are changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond the control of ITC, we will arrange for provision of comparable services. ITC reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever ITC deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience and safety of the participant at any time. The participant agrees that ITC shall not be liable for any changes in flight schedules, delays, weather conditions, damages, losses (including personal injuries, death and property losses) or expenses occasioned by acts or omissions of any person, including suppliers providing services, or for any acts of war, insurrection, revolts, or other civil uprisings, military actions, strikes, or acts of G-d occurring either in the country of origin, through passage or destination. No person other than an authorized representative of ITC by written consent is authorized to vary, add or waive any term or condition in this agreement. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any tour passenger should such person’s health or general deportment impede the operation of the tour to the detriment of the other tour passengers. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Each passenger participant must have a valid passport. Please make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months past your date of departure.

IMMUNIZATIONS: No immunization shots or vaccinations are required at present, unless otherwise noted. NOTE: The sequence of activities in the itinerary may change or be reversed some may be omitted due to circumstances beyond our control. Pricing is subject to change until the trip is paid in full. Signature(s):_______________________________/_______________________________Date:________________ My (our) signature(s) indicate(s) that I (we) have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions included with this trip package. I checked my Passport – it is valid for 6 months beyond your trip return date.