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The Peak - A busy weekend coming up

The Peak
For the week of May 19th- May 25th, 2017
23 Iyar -  29 Iyar, 5777

This Week's Services

Friday, May 19th- 7pm  Kabbalat Shabbat


Saturday, May 20th - 9:30

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai Leviticus 25:1 - 27:34 Family Learners Shabbat Morning Service


Sunday, May 21st-9:15am  Minyan in the Library


Sunday, May 21st-10am-Torah Study in the Rabbi's Study


Sunday, May 21st-10:30-Ner Tamid Men's Club meeting in the Conference Room next to the office.  


Please see below for more info on the BBYO planning meeting and Israelfest, also scheduled for this Sunday


Saying Goodbye to Gina-

Plans are shaping up for a goodbye party for Gina on May 21st.  It's a busy day, but the party begins at 11am and continues after school lets out.  We will have a mimosa toast promptly at noon, so be there!


Note: Gina will be out of the office from time to time in the month of May, getting everything purchased, taking meetings to get Ner Tamid ship shape for a new Administrative Director. PLEASE call the office at 858-513-8330 before you stop by to make sure someone is here.


Israelfest this Sunday afternoon

This year for the first time Ner Tamid will have a booth at Israelfest, this Sunday from 2:30-6:30 at San Diego Jewish Academy.  Sara Reisman and her volunteers will be handing out information on the synagogue, Sam S. Bloom Learning Center, and upcoming events as well as handing out some Ner Tamid lip balm and we'll have children's arts and crafts too!  For security reasons, they require you to register so skip the line and register in advance at

A few words from Gina

More than a few people have asked me "how can you leave San Diego/our great weather/Ner Tamid/us?"  The answer is that it is very, very difficult. Over almost three years you have become close friends and family.  I constantly remind myself:

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

I'd also like to share the words my son Benjamin, 25, posted on Facebook on Mother's Day: 


Unfortunately I don't have a plethora of fun pictures taken recently with my mom to post for mothers day. This is largely because for the past 7 years we've lived far away from one another, and haven't spent nearly as much time together as I would like, usually seeing each other 1-2x a year.

At the end of this month that changes with Gina Preston Caplan's return to Philadelphia! It's not in time for Mother's Day, but I cannot wait for June 1st. It's not a holiday, it's not a vacation, or a 4 day visit. We don't have to have an agenda, or cram plans in, no sad goodbyes! You're coming home! And as excited as I am for our old traditions; the Flower Show, the Mummers parade, Manayunk Arts Festival, I am even more excited to call you up on a random Tuesday to see if you want to go to lunch.

I love you! I can't wait to see you! and let's take a picture when you get here, and many many more.

Happy Mothers Day Mom, thanks for being you.  


See?  I have made up cards with my contact information and left them in the office and at the table in front of the Sanctuary. For those who won't be able to stop by, you will be able to reach me at, or Gina Preston Caplan on Facebook.  If you come out to the East Coast, please get in touch with me and let's meet up.  And I'll be back! My last day is May 31st, but I'd love to see you stop in this Sunday from 11-12:30 so I can give/get a hug.

Summer Schedule for Friday night

Beginning on Friday, June 2nd with Family Shabbat and Last Day of School, Friday night services will begin at 6:30pm.  Soon, we will begin having Friday night services on the patio, weather permitting.

May IS a busy month!

May 20th is our first ever Saturday morning Family Service, abbreviated, awesome, with Rabbi Caine's inimitable insights. It begins at 9:30am.  Join us for Torah readings by 6th and 7th graders, and Adon Olam led by all the other students who join us.  6th and 7th grade parents, please consider sponsoring our bagel Kiddush luncheon in honor or your child's first, (or 2nd or 3rd) Torah reading. Other interested sponsors are also welcome!


On May 21st (Sunday) at 9:30am, there will be a BBYO presentation at the San Diego Jewish Academy. The idea is that we combine with other synagogues to form a group led by teens, with help from advisors. This presentation is for PARENTS, to gauge interest and plan a kickoff for the teens.


Join Rabbi Caine and other rabbis from around San Diego to study and celebrate Leil Shavuot Tikkun, May 30th at 7pm at the San Diego Jewish Academy. This year's topic is 6 Days that Shaped 50 years: Jewish Teachings and Perspectives on the 6 Day War and Its Aftermath.  No cost, no RSVP needed.


Ner Tamid will hold Shavuot Services on May 31st at 9:30am, with Yizkor at about 11am.



A word of caution

Our canyon is home to many creatures, plus the other side of the property is being developed and some of their habitats may have been disrupted. This means we may be seeing more of our native snakes and coyotes around. We just ask you to keep an eye out and don't stray behind the buildings or in the undeveloped ground, just to be safe.

Around San Diego

The San Diego Repertory Theater presents The 24th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, May 21 – July 9, 2017.  For more information or tickets,


The San Diego Jewish Film Festival is presenting the film The Pulitzer at 100 on Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm at the Lawrence Family JCC.  Tickets are on sale now at


Coastal Roots Farm is celebrating Shavuot: A Festival of Summer, Gleaning and Kindness on June 4th from 10:30-2:30pm. Admission is free, but you must register at

Lifecycle events

Birthdays: Jedd Bogage-5/20, Marissa Diamond Cohen-5/20, Marty Fisher-5/22, Marty Leblang-5/22, Mindy Tenen-5/22, Alex Simmons-5/23, Jason Chauvin-5/23, Olivia Pearl-5/24, Nataliya Privorotskiy-5/24, Marci Mazer-5/25, Emma Israel-5/25, Naomi Raz-5/25

Anniversaries: Marty and Bette Fisher-5/23 (75 years!), Dr. Darrel Cohen and Dr. Wendi Diamond Cohen-5/24, Ken and Kimberly Israel-5/25

Yahrzeits: Charles Goodstein, father of Marlene Markus, Phyllis Mazer, mother of Dr. Theodore Mazer

Refuah Shleimah: Patty Thomas, Josh Burns, April Stokes, Michah Ilan ben Kalanit Sarah, Devorah bat Elishava, Jo Rundio, Sura Elka bas Chaiaka, Ze'ev ben Avner v' Shoshanna, Chaim Meir ben Eliyahu v'chava, Nechama Ita bat Zlata Chaya, Gary Philips, Levi Yitzchak ben Chaim Meir, Lynn Goodman, Addison Barrios, Sara Picard, Leon Lazarus (Leon ben Soreh Leah), Cal Hecht, Maureen Kahn, Gloria Goldstein, Arthur Oberman, Christina bat Norma, Len Goldberg, Chaim Zeleg Ha-Levi ben Shayna, Jeffrey Tenen, Leonard Greenberg, Jarrod ben Maxine, Harold Fisher, Maryann Klein, Thelma Press, Marsha Alper (Masha bat Nehama Ella), Rina Chaya bat Ilana v' Chaim Meir, Alexander Zanoni, Nancy Linton, Rick Harris, Mitchell Freedman, Jack Frank, Charles Clark, Ernie Abbit, Adrian Shaffler, Michael Gottlieb, Jessica bat Jean, Brian ben Alice

We continue to remember:  Gerald Gilberg, Arthur Lavine, Evelyn Gabai, Yossi Harari, Andrea Ohman, Estelle Isaacson, Gerald Greenfield, A. Bernard Rapaport, Emil Yassy, Mary Powell, Evelyn Grossman, Lorraine Blostein, Larry Cooperman, Gale Kloeffler, Lidia Ribak

Ner Tamid Synagogue

Rabbi Nadav Caine

Administrative Director Gina Caplan

Sam S. Bloom Principal Becky Henning



12348 Casa Avenida
Poway, CA 92064


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