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Guest column: Shofar squad event today

By Olga Worm

Our Sisterhood is donating beautiful Shofars to every student in our Torah School.   We will be presenting the Shofars to our students during Torah School today , October 5.

I will be teaching students in each class from 4-5:30 p.m, and from 5:30-6 p.m, we will have a lovely formal presentation.

Please join me in this special mitzvah at 4 p.m. in the school if you would like to assist and see the students try the Shofars for the first time.

Or, come at 5:30pm in the sanctuary to be in the photos and to personally present a Shofar to a child in our school, and hear them all blow together.

Please bring your spouses, children, grandchildren, friends and other congregants to make it a big celebration.

I would love for the entire Sisterhood Board and all Sisterhood members to be present for this important occasion.  Men’s Club President Bill Sperling has invited  Men’s Club members to come too.

I have arranged for several reporters, photographers, video, etc.  Our Rabbi and Cantor will be there, along with some synagogue board members.

We have also invited the parents of the students and our Shofar Squad members to participate.

All of the students will bring their Shofars and be called up for the sounding of the Shofar at the end of Yom Kippur!

Bob Holloway honored by Republic of Korea

bob-holloway-inchon-anniversary-medalOur Men’s Club Vice President Bob Holloway was an honoree on Thursday, Sept. 15, at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base recalling the 66th anniversary of Operation Chromite, which was the landing at Incheon, Korea, in 1950.

In the presence of Marine Corps generals, Bob and approximately 69 other Korean War veterans were presented with special medals by Key Cheol Lee, who serves as Consul General in Los Angeles  for the Republic of Korea.

A presentation script read;  “You fought in the Korean War which lasted from Jun. 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 to protect peace and humanity.  To honor and remember the noble spirit, pieces of the DMZ barbed wire fence and cartridge cases used during the Korean war have been used to craft this medal of appreciation. We present you this appreciation medal with a certificate of all Koreans’ respect and gratitude.”

Having joined the Marine Corps at 17, Bob was too young to participate in the Inchon landing, but he arrived in Incheon in February 1952 and immediately was assigned to an outpost where his unit listened for tanks, troop movements and artillery fire.

Subsequently the Marines learned that there was another outpost nearby – one manned by North Korean soldiers.  On February 25, 1953,” his unit staged a raid on the Communist outpost.  “A mortar came in and knocked me unconscious and really screwed up my left leg,” Bob recalled.  “I got gangrene and at that time there wasn’t much you could do, but there was a new antibiotic—terramycin—and that saved my leg from being amputated.”

While he was lying on a gurney, his commanding officer hovered over him for the few seconds it took to present him with a Purple Heart.  “It’s not much of a war, but it’s all we got,” the officer told him.

Bike ride planned against childhood cancers

By Katie Turchin

Myer Turchin
Myer Turchin

SAN DIEGO — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Before our son Myer was diagnosed, the only color ribbon I knew was pink, but now I proudly wear gold in honor of Myer and all the other Warriors fighting this battle on a daily basis. Overall the Maintenance phase has been going well for us and Myer has really been enjoying Kindergarten. He has missed a few days due to scheduled clinic visits and also just not feeling well after his steroid and Methotrexate pulses. He was able to share his story with his classmates and introduce them to his stuffed Monkey, Bananas who sits in his chair when he isn’t able to be at school. His class was so supportive of him and they all proudly sported a Super Boy tattoo and his amazing teacher Mrs. Hobson sends us great pictures of Bananas keeping up with Myer’s school work!

We feel so fortunate to have such an amazing Super Boy Crew fighting beside us along this crazy journey this past 11 months (I can’t believe it has almost been a year since diagnosis), and we are so excited to have the opportunity to give back. Padres Pedal The Cause is a two day bike ride that raises money that goes towards FOUR! different cancer research organizations in San Diego, one of which is Rady Children’s Hospital! Pedal The Cause has a wonderful program called “Ride For a Child” where they set up an existing Organization/Team with a kid from Rady’s that they ride in honor of, and Myer was one of the kids chosen to be a part of this program! We have been teamed up with an incredible team called the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers and we have already met our team captain, David Fatula, and a bunch of the riders! They have already joined our Super Boy Crew and we are so excited to merge our two groups and help fund raise to make a “world without cancer”! So…you are probably asking yourself, how can we help?! There are lots of ways to join our team, and we hope you will consider one of them!

The big event is November 12-13th. Here is the link to our team page. You have the option to donate or join the team.

If you are interested in riding, there are several different options available. You can ride one day or both days, a few miles or lots of miles, you can ride on a stationary bike on Petco field, you can even be a virtual rider and just ask for donations!

Saturday is the main day that we will be participating in and we hope you can join us in one or both of the activities planned. There is a Superhero Kids Challenge bike ride from 3:00-4:30 p.m. that both our daugher Ella and Myer will be participating in and would love for their friends to join them (registration is $40)! The other big opportunity is from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. there is an Aid Station at Mile 44 in Alpine for all the riders and our team needs volunteers! This is our chance to cheer everyone on and let our team know how much we appreciate them and how proud we are of them! We will be handing out water and fruit and just showing them a good time and encourage them to make it through the rest of the course! Most of the riders from our team are from North (San Diego) County, so it would be great if we could represent East (San Diego) County and sign up to represent the Super Boy Crew! If you would like to volunteer, click on the Corte Madera Aid Station option when prompted.

If you would like to support Pedal The Cause, but you aren’t available that weekend, you can always donate to our team. When you click on the link above it should take you to our team page and you will see both Myer and Ella’s names at the top. If you would like to donate directly to their ride, just click on their name!

Lastly, there is a Kick-off Party on Saturday night at Petco for everyone who is involved. Myer’s 6th birthday just happens to be that Monday (Nov. 14th), so we will be doing something special for him that night and would love for you all to be a part of it! I have said many times throughout this past year that life can change in a day, and those of Myer, Ella, husband Josh and myself certainly have, but it has also allowed for opportunities like this where we have been introduced to wonderful people and organizations that give back and make a difference. We are looking forward to a life changing weekend and we hope you will consider joining us!

Turchin is a member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

Keeping track of upcoming Sisterhood events

Annual Paid Up Membership Dinner

Thursday, September 22, 5:30 p.m.


Under the Sukkah
Dairy Dinner & Rabbi Rosenthal’s Special Book Selection
Thursday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.

Fashion resale, jewelry & craft show
Tifereth Israel Cohen Social Hall
Thursday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hanukkah Luncheon
Beauty Makeover & Make-Up Tips Demo
Courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics & Nordstrom
Tuesday, December 20, 11:30 a.m.


Sisterhood Shabbat Service & Dinner
“Food for Thought”
Dinner catered by our own Kiddush Katerers!
Friday,  January 13

Sisterhood Lunch Outing & Movie Matinee
2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Date & time to be announced
Film festival runs February 9-19

Dessert & Evening Presentation
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Speaker to be announced
TIS Social Hall
Thursday, March 16 , 7 p.m.

Jewish Genetics & Genealogy
Presenter to be announced
Luncheon & Lecture
TIS Cohen Social Hall
Thursday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.


2nd annual Israel Independence Day BBQ Celebration
Presented by TIS Men’s Club & Sisterhood
A Family Event!
Thursday, May 11, 5:30 p.m.


Sisterhood Installation Luncheon
Honoring 2016-2017 officers & welcoming new leadership
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in La Mesa
Sunday, June 25, 11:30 a.m






A calendar message from Sisterhood

Dear Men’s Club Members

Every year Tifereth Israel Sisterhood creates a Jewish calendar to be distributed as a gift to our  congregational membership. This is a community project bringing our congregation family together,  as well as a major fundraiser. We welcome business advertisers as well as those wishing to place  personal greetings. We encourage our members to patronize our advertisers and to recognize that,
through their generous support, this service is provided.

We are now beginning the process of collecting information for our calendar for the Jewish Year of  5777 (2016-2017). We hope we can count on your support.

Advertisements are available in two sizes (see insert below) and are ideal for special thanks, anniversary, New Year’s greetings, memorial tributes, business ads, and more.

For those of you who advertised last year, we greatly appreciate your support and hope we can  count on you again this year.   We also welcome new business advertisers as well as those wishing to place personal greetings.

SINGLE SIZE AD (1.5″ X 2.5″) DOUBLE SIZE AD (1.5″ X 5.25″)
1 month $25 1 month $45
3 months $65 3 months $120
6 months $125 6 months $225
12 months $250 12 months $450

Please feel free to call the synagogue at (619) 697-6001 or Pepe Kahn at (619) 463-4700 for any  additional questions or assistance …. and you may place your ad online at or by sending your check with text to Tifereth Israel  Sisterhood, 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Diego, California 92119.


Bob Holloway is local poultry maven

Our vice president Bob Holloway recently spoke to a local Kiwanis Club about the joys of raising poultry, which he does in his front yard. Neighbors purchase the eggs produced by his hens.

At the Kiwanis Club, he spoke for 25 minutes, answered questions, and received applause for his efforts — though, he notes modestly, not of the standing ovation variety.

He’ll be at it again on July 16 at the Foothills Adult Center in El Cajon when he’ll teach 20 people who have signed up for  a three-hour course.

Speaking of poultry, Bob would like everyone to know that “Chicken Little was pushed … As was Bumpy Jumpy.”

Would anyone dare to argue the thesis with such a maven as Bob?

A prayer at the summit

Bill Sperling, left, and Chabad Rabbi Rafi Andrusier
Bill Sperling, left, and Chabad Rabbi Rafi Andrusier

Men’s Club President Bill Sperling recently climbed Cowles Mountain and donned tefillin at the summit where, under the approving eye of Chabad Rabbi Rafi Andrusier, he recited the traditional prayer.

May our president go from strength to strength.  Hazak! Hazak!

Harrisons thank TIS members for kindness

Don and Nancy Harrison thank the Tifereth Israel Synagogue community for the support and many kind gestures since the recent death of Nancy’s father, Sam Zeiden.

Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal compassionately led our family through the mourning rituals; many members of the Men’s Club attended the funeral and/ or the reception at the Harrison home; and the TIS Sisterhood sent an enthusiastically-received cake.  Everyone was so kind.

Following is a link to the eulogies for Sam Zeiden that were published on San Diego Jewish World.  Please know that publication will similarly reprint obituaries and/ or eulogies of other Jewish community members upon their family’s request.