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Temple Knesset Israel News

           Sept. 18, 2017


Last Shabbat, Cantor Lee Greenberg was speaking about the glory of beautifying a mitzvah, and that is precisely what so many of our congregation did on Sunday, September 10. It was the day of our second annual KI Cleanup, and about 30-35 people showed up to help out, some of them staying almost 11 hours!

There was so much work done by so many people! Last year several jumped in to clean the wood paneling on the walls, and this year Yosef Garcia, Lizeth Barahona, Roberto Carranza, and Beto Galindo polished those walls. The area underneath the stage had not been cleaned out thoroughly in several years, and those who worked on that (Yosef Garcia, Nelly Gonzalez Johnston, Juan Torres, Lizeth Barahona, Roberto Carranza, and Beto Galindo) found out that the cleaning was long overdue! Nelly Gonzalez Johnston took it upon herself to clean out the children’s daycare room, and she worked there for hours. But fortunately she had help in Juan Torres (both of them, father and son) who helped her move books, and Yolanda Hernandez,  Milagro Alfaro, and Elvia Quinonez, who helped with the general cleaning. Elizabeth Chinchilla and Veronica Vasquez cleaned the small chapel better than has been done in many years, then later they went into the kitchen, cleaning and scrubbing there also, also more than has been done in years. The quintet of Karen, Brenda, and Carolina Galdamez, and Stephanie and Melany Chinchilla worked with their mothers in the small chapel, then cleaned out the attic area, then worked and scrubbed in the kitchen, and also in the bathrooms. Maybe they felt they still hadn’t done enough, so they also wiped clean the leaves of the artificial plants that are in the social hall. Wilfredo helped them, really putting his heart into that task! Juan Torres and Melchy Quinonez carried heavy pictures up the narrow, steep stairs to put those items in the attic. Other than that, both of those boys worked here and there, doing lots of other tasks. When it was time to work on the lights, a few people jumped in to help with those, too:  Stacy Pesis, Nicolas Barahona, Jose Villalobos, Carlos Hernandez, Wilfredo Vasquez. Thanks to the efforts of Carlos and Wilfredo, ALL the chandelier lights in the social hall now work, along with some other lights that were not working before.  The frame of the fire extinguisher in the hallway needed to be replaced; Julio Landgrave had already  built the frame, and now Yosef worked with Beto to replace it.
 Silvia Castro should be named Hurricane Silvia because she was a whirlwind, cleaning and scrubbing in the restrooms and also in the kitchen. She even wants to come back and clean even more! Elvia Quinonez and Jose Villalobos both were all over the place, lending a hand anywhere they could be helpful. Brian Barahona and his work partner Drew cleaned the floors of the lobby and the restrooms, then polished the floor of the lobby until it shines like a mirror! We also had the opportunity to meet Brian’s kids, Nate and Benjamin, and his wife. Nate and Benjie are Lizeth and Nicolas Barahona’s very cute  grandchildren. Xochil Barahona and Silvia Castro bought new flowers for the bimah, and Xochil and her sister Sueselle arranged them beautifully. Lizeth and Xochil Barahona reattached the stage curtain where it was falling down, so it looks much nicer now, and Yosef Garcia bought and donated and installed a new clock for the social hall.

There was work done outdoors as well. Juan Torres oiled the accordion gates so that they operate more smoothly, Xochil Barahona cleaned out the infamous “crud catcher” in the playground (an unpleasant task, I’m sure!), Kathy Mendelson and Steve Blake trimmed shrubs, watered everywhere, and generally tidied up the outside of our temple. They deserve a special pat on the back because they worked outside for 6 hours! While Yosef Garcia, Beto Galindo, Roberto Carranza, and Nicolas Barahona did not work for 6 hours on their tasks of sweeping, clearing drains, caulking seams, and cleaning up accumulated debris, they were working up on the roof, where it was really hot and really bright (and really unpleasant!).Mery Santiago came by with her family just long enough to drop off drinks that she had purchased for us. We are sincerely grateful for the generous donations of Nelson Rosales and Fernando Ortiz, both of whom contributed $100 toward the purchase of our food. The pizza was very much appreciated; the major problem being that there wasn’t enough! Please thank Robert for going to pick up the pizza, which took over an hour round-trip, so his time and gasoline amounted to another gift to us and our temple. Someone who wants to remain anonymous donated enough money to purchase plenty of snacks, which kept our energy levels up until time for the pizza. Juan Torres donated $20 toward the food, then when he was told it wasn’t necessary, he gave permission to use that $20 for another purpose. And when we were all about done in, exhausted and ready to leave, Wilfredo came with coffee, which was just what we needed then. Almost everyone brought beverages to share, along with cleaning supplies, also to share. Altogether, there were probably several hundred dollars worth of donations. While most of us bought and donated items that were worth only a small amount of money, the total of it is such that it really saves our temple a tremendous amount.

We cannot thank everyone enough for all the work they have done, and we sincerely apologize if anyone was not given proper credit for the work they did. All the time and sore muscles, all the money and cleaning supplies, all the expenses that people covered out of their own pockets - and more still to come, as even more donations have been promised - these are all so tremendously appreciated by everyone.  Thank you.


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                                          Betty Bausch

 A courageous fighter who didn’t hesitate to risk her life to help others.

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 Temple Knesset Israel was honored to have 93 year-old Betty Bausch  share her remarkable story of courage and survival that she experienced during World War II, as she worked with the Dutch Resistance, especially after her husband was shot and killed by the Nazis. Her experiences have been published in Dutch, German and Hebrew. Also, her heroic fighting spirit is recalled in the film, Steal a Pencil for Me as she was determined at the end of the war to find her brother Jaap Polak, also a Holocaust survivor. She is an inspirational woman who dedicates much of her time to educate the world through her own war life experiences to remind us that life and freedom are precious.








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