WU@CEC: Message from Cantor Radwine

07/03/2017 07:02:09 AM


What's Up at Congregation Etz Chaim

This Week at CEC

Welcome Cantor Radwine

Dear Etz Chaim Friends,


I write to you as I tip toe around half-filled boxes, artwork encased in bubble wrap, and the general craziness that takes over a home, as one prepares for a cross-country move.  That being said, please know that I am absolutely thrilled to be with you very soon.  On July 14th and 15th, we will gather together for my first time as the religious leader of what I will be proud to call “our” community.  On Friday evening, we will begin our traditional Shabbat celebration, the first of what I hope to be many shabbatot together. 


One of the things that attracted me to CEC is the great diversity of our membership.  That being said, I’d especially like to call your attention to our first Shabbat Morning Experience together.  It is my hope that there will be something for everyone there.  If you have little or no experience with what Jews do on Shabbat morning, this service is for YOU.  If you find yourself a bit befuddled by all the Hebrew, this service is for YOU.  If you’d like to study Torah, but unsure of how to find your way in, this service is for You.  If you’d enjoy some of the traditional “deveining” that, perhaps, you remember from another time and place, this service is for You.  And, if you merely wish to come and pray with your own words, or simply say the Kaddish for a loved one, this service is for You.  Whether there is only one other person in attendance, or 20 people, together, we will find our way to explore and grow Jewishly, through prayer, music, mediation, and study.


So here’s what I’m asking of you:  whether it be on that Shabbat, or any other time that we encounter each other, I’d like to get to know you.  Please come on Shabbat, or simply call me and say hello.  Tell me about you.  Tell me about your family.  Tell me about your Jewish journey.


Jewish practice is referred to as “halacha,” which comes from the verb meaning “to walk.”  Indeed, let us begin this walk together, and as we go on our way, may we find the holiness that our tradition holds in store.


B’shalom—with blessings for wholeness,

Cantor Sam Radwine


  • Olivia Warfield (9th)


  • Jodi and Rick Prohofsky (7th)


  • Sarra Buzik, mother of Velvina Buzik (4th)
  • Lawrence Wasserman, brother of Betty Goldstein (6th)

Other News

Tzofim Friendship Caravan 

The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is coming back to NWA. The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is celebrating over 40 years of brining excitement, energy and friendship to North America! Each Caravan is made up of a group of five girls and five boys and their two leaders. They are chosen to be members of the Caravan based on their maturity, fluency in English, and of course their talent in the performance arts. After several rounds of competitive auditions and interviews, the scouts spend a year training and rehearsing for their exciting summer in North America.


When: Friday, July 21, 2017

Where: Temple Shalom, 699 N Sang Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Time: 8:00 pm

Need: Looking for families to host 6 of the Caravan members


If you are able to host one or more of the Caravan members, please contact Carol Vella (email) for more information. 

Tzofim Friendship Caravan

Tzofim Friendship Caravan

Tikkun Olam Nominations Requested by July 31st

Our Jewish community would not be where it is today without the generosity and talents of volunteers who give of their time and energy.  The Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Award, established through the generosity of the TRG Foundation, was created to honor these outstanding volunteers.


The Jewish Federation of Arkansas seeks to recognize an individual from our Congregation who embody the spirit of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).


We ask that you nominate a person (or couple) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership this past year at CEC.  Our honoree will be recognized with a Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Award, be presented at the 14th Annual Tikkun Olam Celebration on the evening of Saturday, December 16th, at the Little Rock Marriott Downtown. 


Please submit your nomination by clicking on this survey here: Tikkun Olam Survey


Previous Congregation Etz Chaim Honorees

2016 Helene Carter

2015 Michelle Malashock

2014 Carol and Paul Stuckey

2013 Mark Levine

2012 Ellen and Stan Kessler

2011 Steve Crowell

2010 Wynne Hoodis

2009 Robyn Douglass

2008 Tom Douglass

2007 Tomer Avivi

2006 David Hoodis

2005 Betsy Rosen

Shabbat and Torah Service on July 14th and 15th led by Cantor Radwine

Join us  as we welcome Cantor Radwine to NWA and to Congregation Etz Chaim. Cantor Radwine will lead both a Friday evening Shabbat Service and a Saturday morning Torah Service. Join us at Waterway for the following services:


Friday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Waterway with an oneg following services sponsored by Jacob Schnur and Louise Ryan.


Saturday, July 15th at 9:30 a.m. at Waterway

Brown Baggin' It with FCC - Tikkun Olam Opportunity 

June's Brown Baggin' It items are Jelly or Jam (no glass jars please) for Samaritan Community Center and Make-up Kits for teen for Miracle on 14th St. Bring any and all donations to a CEC event at Waterway at FCC.

Board Meeting July 20th at 6pm

All members in good standing are welcome to attend the monthly Board meeting on:


Date: Thursday July 20th

Time: 6pm

Location: 812 W Raintree, Suite 22, Bentonville, AR

Become a Member or Renew your Membership with Congregation Etz Chaim

Join Congregation Etz Chaim and become a member supporting our Congregation. You may now join us conveniently online!


Renewing members form  click here.


New members form click here.


Religious School form click here.

Member Benefit

For members who pay the full recommended amount by August 31st, you will receive complementary tickets to Congregation Etz Chaim's annual Yom Kippur Break the Fast and our annual Community Pesach Seder, as follows:

  • Family - 4 tickets to each event
  • Couple - 2 tickets to each event
  • Individual - 1 ticket to each event
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