2000-04-15 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Shabbat Across America

On Friday, March 31, 2000, we had the privilege of joining Rabbi and Mrs. Joseph Weiss and the congregation at the West End Temple to observe Shabbat Across America. This was the third annual celebration of this event that is sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program. The purpose is to encourage a heightened awareness of the observance of the Shabbat. It brings together members of the Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox and Conservative synagogues and reaches out to those who are not part of a congregation.

This wonderful event was organized at the West End Temple by Chaya
Kirchein, Elaine Gelda and Carol De Naro. We sat at the table with
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, her daughter Stacey Pheffer Amato, Glenn Riddel and the Kleins. The dinner was excellent. It gave everyone the opportunity to share good food and good fellowship. Chaya, Elaine and Carol were very gracious and arranged a wonderful evening for everyone.

The celebration also allowed everyone an opportunity to stop their daily activities and gave them time to appreciate the basic important things in life, which are family, friends and spirituality. The religious services
allowed us time to pause for personal worship, reflection and communal
prayer. Shabbat Across America is an opportunity to pass on Jewish
knowledge, customs and traditions. It is important that these are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Rose Klein is a multi-talented woman who has designed a magnificent web site for the temple. It is a fascinating adventure to log on and quickly find out all the "happenings" at the West End Temple. This is a very important venture. It allows all the snowbirds, friends and congregants to keep abreast of and stay in touch with current events. Rose is to be congratulated for creating an interesting and informative site. Rose took many pictures at the Shabbat which are available at the Web site.

Rose Klein is also the editor of Temple Topics, a monthly bulletin
containing articles by Rabbi Weiss and the Temple President Dr. John Shure. I always look forward to reading them because they provide an insight into timely issues. Rose also has a delightful column devoted to humor. It's great to read these funny items. In addition, Rose highlights the important events of the month. Temple Topics is one bulletin that I enjoy reading as soon as I receive it in the mail. Rose Klein wears many hats and wears them with distinction.

Congratulations to Rabbi Weiss on the celebration of his birthday. Best
wishes for many happy and healthy years.

Congratulations to Assemblywo-man Audrey Pheffer on the birth of her first grandchild, Sam Francesco Amato. Sam was born to Stacey Pheffer Amato and Frank Amato on April 6. Best wishes to this wonderful couple and to Audrey and Glenn.

Please be sure to support the Bungalow Association at its fundraiser on April 30 at Baxter's Playhouse. Their President Richard George is doing an
excellent job in talking to community groups about the rights of these
property owners and their entitlements. It is important that you attend.


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