Congregation Beth Tikvah 

P.O. Box 814 
Carlisle, PA 17013 
June, 2018 




Friday Night Shabbat Services7:15pmAsbell Center 

(Summer recess--no Services in June)
Bagel brunch and All-Congregation Annual Meeting
June 3
10am-noon (see below)

Sunday Bagel Brunch and Beth Tikvah Annual Meeting
Where:  Carryer's home, 268 S. West St, Carlisle
When: June 3, 10am-12 noon
All food & refreshments will be provided by the congregation.
All are invited including/especially children.
Please RSVP so we'll know approximately how much food to buy:  CBT Facebook Page, a board member, or call 717-385-2861


Summer Book Discussions & Potlucks!!--First one is June 29

Beth Tikvah's inaugural Summer Book Discussions were a big hit last summer.    DeAnna Spurlock has graciously volunteered to organize another round for this summer.   Here's what DeAnna has in mind...

Hi everyone,


Thanks to the spark provided by a fine book recently recommended by Ariel Franchak, Refugee, our CBT 2018 Summer Book Discussions with Vegetarian Potlucks plan is set.  The events will be held on June 29, July 27, and August 24 at the Asbell Center and will start at 6:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars today.

We’ll be reading three books focusing on a theme of refugees, works which are insightful, informative, and engaging.  You’ll be able to find them easily through eBay, Amazon, local bookstores, and college/university libraries.


We look forward to continuing our lively conversations in just a very few weeks. See you soon.


DeAnna (


June 29. Refugee by Alan Gratz.

Discussion leader: Ariel Franchak


Mr. Gratz’s middle-grade novel, which Scholastic published in July, alternates among three narratives that explore the lives of child refugees in different decades and different parts of the world. The stories, which are interconnected in surprising ways that are revealed at the end, feature a Jewish boy whose family flees Nazi Germany on the St. Louis ocean liner; a Cuban girl who leaves Havana in 1994; and a Syrian boy from Aleppo, whose family survives a bombing and struggles to make it to Germany, where they will seek asylum. By weaving the stories together, Mr. Gratz draws parallels between the plights of refugees decades ago with those seeking asylum today. (published July 25, 2017)



A New York Times bestseller!


Alan Michael Gratz (born January 27, 1972) is the author of 14 novels for young adults including Prisoner B-3087 and Code of Honor. Gratz currently lives in western North Carolina.[1] Gratz was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and a Master's degree in English Education, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[1]





2. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, translated by Sondra Silverston

Discussion leaders: Daniela Tomer and Hagar Levine


Ayelet Gundar-Goshen was born in Israel in 1982 and holds an MA in clinical psychology from Tel Aviv University.  She has worked for the Israeli civil rights movement and is an award-winning screenwriter. She won Israel’s prestigious Sapir Prize for best debut fiction. Waking Lions, her first novel published in the U.S., has been translated into nine languages.


(text from the novel’s dust cover)


The book is also winner of THE JEWISH QUARTERLY WINGATE PRIZE (published in English February 28, 2017)


3. Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time (TED Books) by David Miliband

(published November 14, 2017)


Discussion leaders: Beth Greenberg and TBA

If you follow the amazon link below, you can read the introduction, including the author's background as a child of Jews who managed to escape to England during WWII.


David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 40 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in 28 United States cities.


Under Miliband’s leadership, the IRC has expanded its ability to rapidly respond to humanitarian crises and meet the needs of an unprecedented number of people uprooted by conflict, war and disaster. The organization is implementing an ambitious global strategy to bring clear outcomes, strong evidence and systematic research to the humanitarian programs through collaborative partnerships with the public and private sectors.


From 2007 to 2010, Miliband was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights and representing the U.K. throughout the world. In 2006, as Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. He was Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013.


Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received a master’s degree in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar.


His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton's words, as "one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time," and as an effective and passionate advocate for the world's uprooted and poor people.


Miliband’s parents fled to Britain from continental Europe during World War II and its aftermath. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Louise Shackelton, and their two sons. Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time, is Miliband's first book.



One Great Cause/Two Great Events:  Fill-The-Bus/Carlisle4Kids

From Gale Wenk du Pont at CARC:

For the second year, community organizations, businesses and faith groups have come together for One Great Cause/ Two Great Events - Fill-the-Bus/Carlisle4Kids, to collect backpacks and school supplies for children in need in our community. 15.3% of children in Cumberland County are food insecure. Many come from families that are homeless, unemployed, or disabled. So buying school supplies is a luxury they can't afford. But if our children do not have the supplies they need for their education, they start the school year at a disadvantage which can lead to frustration and failure. They can also become targets for bullying because they don't have what other kids have or they are called stupid because they cannot kept up.


Thanks to your help, last year we exceeded our goal of providing backpacks and supplies for 1000 children. So I am reaching our to you again this year. Distribution will be at the EXPO Center in Carlisle on August 9. 


How can you Help?

1. You can collect supplies from the attached list at your location. Collection bins will be dropped off June 22 and picked up on July 23

2. You can become a table champion(see attached information on current needs). Table champions collect a specific item and then help to distribute that item on August 9 from 11am - 12 noon for children with special needs and 2 - 6pm for all other children. Or some Table Champions provide a specific function such as marketing the event. 

3. You can make a monetary donation in lieu of collecting supplies.

4. You can volunteer in 2-3 hour shifts the day of distribution to help distribute items even if your organization did not collect them.

5. You can volunteer on July 20 or 21 in 3 hour shifts from 9am - 6pm at the Walmart in Carlisle where we will be distributing flyers of needed supplies to shoppers and then collecting their donations.  


What's needed:

Supplies needed

Before the Fill the Bus event

School Supplies

397 Elementary appropriate backpacks

208 Middle School / High School appropriate backpacks

540 Packs of #2 pencils

2400 Pocket folders

1200 2” - 3 ring binders

400 Packages of loose leaf paper

138 Mechanical pencils (pack of 5)

600 Packages of crayons

600 Glue sticks

534 Packages of colored pencils / markers

149 Packages of assorted highlighters

1000 Tissues / Tissue Boxes

Personal Care Items

1000 Shampoo

1000 Conditioner

1000 Soap

1000 Deodorant

1000 Laundry Detergent


If you would like more information or are interested in helping, please contact Bob Weed, CEO of ProjectSHARE at or 717-249-7773 Ext. 222 or you can contact me or 717-574-0521. We hope we can count on you to make this another successful year for kids in our community. 


Send newsletter items to Howard Warshaw in the newsletter's Carlisle Bureau at .  Thanks to DeAnna, Steve, Emily, and Ethel for contributions to this Edition.