Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island
315 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
tmplisrael@aol.com
Rabbi Michael D. Howald                         Student Cantor Elizabeth Flynn
President Bryn Biren
E-Shalom - February 2018
Temple Israel’s New Electronic Bulletin
“Shalom, Welcome to Temple Israel....” is a phrase taught to us by Carole Lachman, a beloved, long-time congregant and bulletin editor who died in 2002. We named our bulletin in her honor and worked to realize her vision of Temple Israel as a community that welcomes the stranger and lets no one stand alone. As we move to a new version of this tradition of communicating with our Temple Israel family, we continue to forward Carole’s vision, love and devotion for our synagogue.
A Message from
Rabbi Michael D. Howald

When the Puritans came to the New World, they did not think about ways to cheat old age and stay forever young. They revered the elderly and middle-aged, believing that grey hair showed that you had lived a life full of grace and closeness to God. According to the puritans, a “hoary head” was a “crown of gold”, bespeaking wisdom and discipline in the ways of life.  Today, the puritans’ reverence of old age is hardly in evidence in our youth-obsessed culture. Where once we honored the old, now we live in an era that exalts youth and encourages population segregation based on age.
 
Despite this modern discomfort about those in the second half of life, people all over the world are living longer, not at the final stage of life, but in their still productive years, often after retirement, when real accomplishment, growth and learning are still possible. We are, in fact, on the cusp of a reassessment of the stages of life which may reverse our modern obsession with youth and point the way toward a new social equilibrium which both honors and challenges those living longer lifespans. In his book, The Big Shift, Marc Freedman called the time between midlife and the beginning of old age, the “encore years”, years which can still offer millions of still productive and vital older people the opportunity to find new purpose and fulfillment. In the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in his speech to the first White House conference on aging in 1961. “We have added years to life, now its time to add life to those years.”
 
One aspect of adding life to the middle years, is the spiritual and educational dimension synagogues can offer to those in the “encore generation” in or approaching retirement. This year, the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in Boston had numerous classes devoted to the encore generation and a half-day symposium dedicated to the challenges and opportunities of extended middle-age. In fact, houses of worship like Temple Israel are uniquely situated to help those between midlife and old age find meaning in encore careers, additional learning and volunteer opportunities after retirement. In our community, we have so much wisdom, so much experience and so many teachings to share, both ancient and modern, that we can, if we wish, become a hub for helping to shape and define this extended middle stage of life.
 
           To bring that vision into reality, we need volunteers willing to assist in hosting a series of meetings designed to help our encore members get from what’s left to what’s next. To help them get there, several synagogues have conducted listening campaigns to learn what their encore members want and how they would like to fill the years ahead of them. Using the information they gathered by hearing from their encore members, these congregations have designed programming and built community partnerships to further the goals of their older members in career, education, volunteer opportunities and social interactions. By listening to their encore members, these synagogues have tried to forge a congregation that serves its members in all phases of their lives. If you are interested in managing or assisting this listening campaign for our encore members, please contact the Temple Israel office and let us know. In the alternative, you can e-mail me directly at mdhowald@gmail.com using the subject line “encore campaign”. I look forward to hearing from you!
B’shalom,
Rabbi Michael Howald
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Nota Bene
In order to keep our student Cantor informed about the news of the congregation, we have decided to add her to our Temple Israel Facebook page. In keeping with the nature of her supervision and mentorship, however, we have directed her not to accept "Friend" requests from the Congregation during the course of her internship. Thank you for your understanding.
A Message from
President Bryn Biren

I don’t know about you, but I find this to be a very difficult time of year. I flourish when the weather is warm, when the skies are blue, and when there are green leaves and flowers surrounding me. February is cold, dark and the days are dreary. I am already looking forward to my official last day of winter, which, in my mind is February 28th.
During this time of the year I know that connecting with other people works for me. Reaching out to others and making personal calls helps. I like to catch up with people I haven’t spoken to in a long time. Getting together for a cozy lunch or having an early dinner with good conversation increases the feeling of connection. I try to make the effort to reach out.
At the URJ Biennial in December I attended a workshop concerned with engaging new Temple members. At that workshop we were told that even at the young age of 30 people’s schedules compress, priorities change, and there is interaction with fewer people. There is a stronger focus on what is emotionally important.
If that is true of 30 year olds, imagine the disconnect that seniors, empty nesters, new parents and the infirm might be feeling.
My take away for each of you is to take this opportunity to make some personal contact. Connect with your Temple Israel friends. Check in with people not just in the bad times. Make the effort to reach out. Those acts of kindness will give you that extra surge of oxytocin that we need to get you through the winter.

Sincerely,
Bryn Biren
President
Notes from 
Student Cantor Elizabeth Flynn
A Few Thoughts on Purim

           Costumes, laughter, singing, and acting – you know what that means! Purim will be here before we know it! Already our community is hard at work putting together our spiel and I am scrambling to find a new bizarrely colored wig to wear. It is truly one of my favorite holidays, full of energy, excitement and cheer.
           However, have we ever stopped to consider why we celebrate Purim? Why do we not only read, but also re-enact this ridiculous story of a gluttonous, clueless king, his evil power-obsessed advisor, the shy queen and her bossy uncle every single year? We know that when it comes to Judaism, nothing is done by accident or just for the sake of fun. So, what does Purim it teach us? What are we supposed to learn?
           One of the simplest, yet biggest revelations for me while in Cantorial school was reading an article by Adam Gopnik, in The New Yorker , entitled “A Purim Game,” where the comedian in his exploration of how to write a Purim spiel was let in on the big secret: the story of Purim is in itself, a farce. It is written with the language and tone to make it seem like a normal part of our biblical cannon, but it is more than likely, a joke.
           This was so startling for me because we are raised to take the stories of our people at face value. They are a part of our history. They teach us lessons. They shape who we are and the values we pass on to our children. Of course, when you examine the text of the Megillah, the Book of Esther, it is so clear that this story is not meant to be taken literally. The king throws a party for months and invites the whole kingdom to attend. These instances of extreme exaggeration, slapstick comedy, and head-scratching stupidity clearly are a caricature of Persian life and society. Why, then do we celebrate this text every year? If it does not even carry a semblance of truth, why do we hold it up as a sacred text we cherish? God is never mentioned in the whole story, so why is it one of our sacred texts?
           There are many great questions to ask when we take the time to think hard about Purim. The truth is, however, that there are no clear answers. I can only offer some of the thoughts I have on the subject. We, as a people, have been through a lot: from slavery, to exile, to war, to exile again, to the horrors of the Holocaust. It is a miracle that we are still around. We recognize this every year when we celebrate Passover or observe Yom HaShoah. We are very aware of the shadow that seems to follow the Jewish people, just as we are aware that we are small but mighty and always seem to overcome. Still, the constant reminder that we have had countless miraculous escapes from tragic fates is a bit concerning and let’s be honest, can be a bit depressing. So perhaps the point of Purim is to poke fun at our own history. To provide us with a story that covers al the normal tropes: Plot against the Jews, Wise Jewish leader, and smart young Jewish hero and to comically remind us that no matter how bad things get, we can still win. We party from sun up to sun down, laugh, sing, and celebrate without the serious contemplation that surrounds most of our other holidays. For one holiday a year, we can laugh and rejoice and maybe put the Jewish guilt to the side for an evening… Well, we can try anyway.

Wishing you a hearty and happy Purim,
Student Cantor Liz
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Nota Bene
In order for me to be better informed about the news of the congregation, it has been decided to add me to the Temple Israel Facebook page. In keeping with the nature of my supervision and mentorship, however, I have been directed not to accept "Friend" requests from the Congregation during the course of my internship. Thank you for your understanding.
REMEMBER YOUR SISTERS

Remember your Sisters, the ones here before you,
They laid the foundation in place.
Their struggles and efforts date back through the ages,
Their memories transcend time and space.

They strove for equality, protested injustice,
They marched in the fight for our vote.
They started a movement that’s grown through the nation,
They made others stand up and take note.

Remember your Sisters, the ones here before you,
Had talents not unlike your own,
Some styles have been different, but goals all the same,
To lend support to their spiritual home.

They accomplished a lot in the time they were here
Their impact impossible to measure.
If it weren’t for them, there’d be no-one to follow,
So their memories are ones we should treasure.

Remember your Sisters, the ones here before you,
Just yesterday and long ago,
They trust you to continue what they left in progress,
And hope that you always will know

That all of your Sisters have something to give you,
If you look for the good in their deeds,
Don’t dwell on their failures but thrive on their goodness
And you will fill each other’s needs.

Remember your Sisters, the ones here before you,
All hoped you’d continue their deeds,
May you be like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah,
As you come forward to take on the lead.

Jan Poscovsky-Congregation Beth El, Missouri City, Texas
Covenant of the Soul – New Prayers, Poems and Meditations from Women of Reform Judaism

Our nominating committee has been formed and is beginning to work on our Slate of Officers for 2018-2019. As we begin the process of identifying Sisterhood’s leadership for the coming year, we encourage you to Remember Your Sisters and join with all these women and men who have made a commitment to support Sisterhood of Temple Israel this year.
Ruth Andriani
Jennifer Arlen
Supna Astman
Kim Avis
Fern Barris
Terry Baver
Bryn Biren
Claire Bleiman
Marnie Blit
Linda Brill
Pamela Carlton
Debbie Chernoff
Maxine Cohen
Jennifer Cortijo
Phyllis Elrich
Deanna Feder
Barbara Feigelman
Elizabeth Feuer
Sandy Feuerstein
Elizabeth Flynn
Susan Freedman
Barbara Fried
Miriam Friend
Jeffrey Ganz
Shariann Ganz
Libby Gershansky
Karen Frey Gamoran
Eleanor Goldberg
Molly Greenspan
Susan Grodman
Janice Gross
Jerry Gross
Karen Gross
Claire Guttsman
Rebecca Hand
Linda Hanibal
Larry Hanibal
Rachel Hanibal
Robin Howald
Alison Kaminsky
Sally Koren
Harriet Kurlander
Eileen Lee
Judy Lee
Julia Lenner
Cheryl Levine
Brooke Lopez
Alicia Lubin-Baskin
Judith Magnus
Rochelle Maltz
Susan Marks
Beverly Mazer
Sandy Mazzucco
Joanna Meltzer
Barbara Menna
Joyce Miller
Linda Mulnick
Ilene Pappert
Judith Pessah
Jacqueline Rabinowitz
Blanche Ricci
Joy Robins
Pamela Rogozin
Nina Rohan
Carol Rosen
Arlene Ruskin
Susan Sappin
Judy Scher
Linda Scher
Muriel Schlefstein
Roni Schorr
Cindy Selmon
Elaine Selznick
Ellen Sheirr
Stephanie Sgambelluri
Alina Shteynberg
Alan Siegel
Jesse Siegel
Jodi Siegel
Andrea Simon
Fred Simon
Inez Singer
Debra Smith Levine
Shari Stein Ballow
Jessica Steinhart
Jennifer Straniere
Barbara Tepper
Rhonda Trontz-Allen
Sarah Rachel Walters
Roberta Weissglass
Lissa Winchel
Elaine Wolchok
Karen Wolff
Deborah Young
Please add your name to this list and show your support for all that Sisterhood is and does by sending in your Sisterhood or
Friend-of-Sisterhood Dues.

Please join us for all of these upcoming events and initiatives.
Sunday, February 11th - Sisterhood General Membership Meeting - 10 a.m
with Sandwich Making for Project Hospitality

Sunday, February 11th - Sweetness & Love Cookie Decorating - 4-6 p.m.
with light supper (see flyer below)

Sunday, February 18th - Deadline to participate in sending Shalach Manot Gifts
(see flyer below)

Friday, March 30th - Passover Community Seder - Details to be announced

Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Co-Presidents
THE BROTHERHOOD
Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
brotherhoodpresident.ti.si@gmail.com
Winter has really set in with the frigid temperatures we have had to endure, but our January meeting was well attended. We discussed a variety of issues including our upcoming Purim Carnival, and our Annual Men’s Seder. Flyers have been sent out to all to remind everyone of these upcoming events.

Our Purim Carnival will be held on Saturday evening March 3 starting with Havdalah at 4:45P.M, The Carnival immediately following. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be games and Prizes for the children, Food for purchase and a Costume Party for the children.

On Sunday March 25 th we will hold our annual Men’s Seder this has proven to be a very inspiring and tasty event for all. Please join us as we partake in this special meal with Rabbi Howald leading the
Seder.

Looking ahead we will once again distribute Yellow Yom Hashoah Candles to the congregation to commemorate Yom Hashoah. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

I would like to welcome all of the new families to Temple Israel this year and invite them to participate in all of our events.

This year I have reinstituted the idea of giving Tzedukah in the name of something you are grateful for at the start of each meeting. This month we decided to send our Tzedukah to Project Hospitality to assist with the wonderful work they do helping those in need especially at this time of the year.

Brotherhood is a vital affiliate organization to the Temple and I strongly ask that everyone become a member. We hold monthly meetings to take care of business, but more importantly to offer a bonding experience with your fellow men of the Temple Family.

Please share your ideas with us to enhance the Brotherhood experience this year. Together as one we will experience renewed strength.

CALENDAR  REMINDERS
March 3 Purim Carnival 4:45 P.M.
March 25  Men’s Seder 12:30P.M.

Yours in Friendship and Brotherhood,
Jeff Ganz
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
February 2018
F or calendar updates click here .
To print a copy of this calendar, click here.
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SAVE THE DATE ! Sweetness & Love
Cookie Decorating Class with Sisterhood!
Led by a professional baker!
Sunday, February 11
4-6 p.m.
$40 per person
(payable to Sisterhood of Temple Israel)
Includes a Light Supper, Cookies & a Gift Box!
Contact Claire Guttsman for more information.

IT’S JUST AROUND THE CORNER.....
FEBRUARY 28th!!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE MITZVAH OF SENDING
SHALACH MANOT

Click on the Flyer
to Place your Orders for Sisterhood’s Extraordinary
SHALACH MANOT
MEGILLAH READING & PURIM SHPIEL
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARYY 28TH
7:00 p.m.
CLICK ON THE FLYER TO PRINT OR DOWNLOAD
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE:

   We thank the following congregants for their assistance with ushering during services as well as for honoring the congregation with their presence on the Bimah during Services since the last e‑Shalom: Janet Aronson, Joseph Aronson, Libby Gershansky, David Meltzer, David Meltzer, Joanna Meltzer, Joanna Meltzer, Judy Scher, Alan Siegel, Jodi Siegel, Inez Singer and Barbara Tepper.

Jerry Gross & Nina Rohan , Ushering Co-Chairs
Jeffrey Ganz and Linda Brill , Co-Chairpersons Ritual Committee
February 2, 2018
Richard Silberstein *
Ben Levee *
Harriet Bogart
Emma Greenwald *
Gussie Siegel *
Hersh Blumin *
Max Dichter *
Sol Rosen
Abigail Wolchok
Mary Wolodiger *
Dr. David Silverman *
Maurice Silverman
Nathan Goldberg *
Martha Leef

And we remember from the Holocaust:
FRITZ JOKEL
PIERRE TOURNAY
ERWIN GRUENSPAN
MIRIAM EIKHNER
BENJAMIN RAFAËL PAIS

February 9, 2018
Rabbi Marcus Kramer *
Alexander Meltser
Harry Nison
Caroline Stern *
Harvey I. Sonnenblick
Stanley Waldman *
Richard Diamond *
Solomon Eugene Hirsh *
Edward C. Frey, Jr
Joshua Kemeny
Maurice Quartin *
David Scholar *
Marie Dub *
Beatrice Weinberg
Irving Blackman
Ethel Kussner *
Vivian Schorr
Solomon Feldman
Minnie Harris
Rose Soren Jablon *
Abraham Talisman
Ruth Tiger

And we remember from the Holocaust:
CHARLES BRUCHAT
HILDE KOHEN
JOSEF MINTZ
HELINA LEWKOWICZ
JAN GREBOCKI
February 16, 2018
Joseph R. Carlton *
Morris Lewis
Howard Rosenblum *
Milton Weiss
Max Yanowitz *
Charles Baver *
Rosella Cohen
Josie Machol *
Simon Schwartz *
Joseph Andrews
Regina Gerb *
Bella Leder
Abraham Lipson *
Tillie Yanowitz *
Robert Harper

And we remember from the Holocaust:
ERWIN PFEFFER
JACQUES PONCIN
MARGARETE WEISS
RUDOLF NEDWIED
KRESZENZ SCHWARZENSTEINER

February 23, 2018
Dr. David Machol *
Evelina Shapiro
Leonard Winer *
Milton Feigelman
Nancy Kerstein
Bessie Bleiman
Jerome Fried *
Esther Grossman *
Walter Hanibal
Louis Harrison
Jacob Rabin *
Freda Rosenblum *
Lillian Selznick *
Amy Smith
Charles Kaner
Dorothy Siegel *
Marcus Soloff *
Morris Heitowit *
Anna Rodale
Bertha Eichler
Joseph Sitler

And we remember from the Holocaust:
MIKLOS ROSENBAUM
MOZES VAN DER HOEK
JENONE SPITZER
PAOLO FONOVIC
MIECZYSLAW BIEDA

* These names are on our Memorial Wall.
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We wish the following couples a very
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Scott & Lourdes Fuller
February 14

We wish the following people a very
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

02/02 Jerry Vogelman
02/05 Kevin Howald
02/05 Salvatore Mazzola
02/05 Ilene Pappert
02/05 Ann Targownik
02/06 Andrea Pappert-Tenzer
02/07 Alan Brill
02/08 Dr. Lawrence Flaum
02/08 Scott Fuller
02/11 Irwin Magnus
02/13 Jenna Kaminsky
02/14 Jason Menna
02/16 Arlene Ruskin
02/17 Sandra Frank
02/25 Jeffrey Ganz
02/26 Molly Greenspan
02/27 Aniko Singer
We are sorry if your name was inadvertently omitted. 
Please contact Lara at the Temple Office to update your membership information.
B irthday, Anniversary, Birth, Engagement, Wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
CELEBRATE ANY SIMCHA
and 
share your joy with the Congregation at services on any Friday evening. 
Sisterhood will take care of everything for you!
To sponsor an oneg, just call the Temple office at 718-727-2231 and we will be in touch!

Please join us for Erev Shabbat Services every Friday.

On February 2, the Oneg will be sponsored by those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in the month of January.
Special Thanks to
FERN BARRIS
JERRY GROSS
and
JOANNA MELTZER
for their time and assistance with the many aspects of the publication of this monthly bulletin.

Jodi Siegel
E-Shalom Editor
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Thank you to everyone who helped and participated in joining us at the Looney Bin Comedy Club. We had a successful raffle and 50/50. Everyone had a wonderful time.

SAVE THE DATE --
MAY 12, 2018
Our Committee has a wonderful Square Dance event planned for the above date. 
No square dancing experience is required. We will have a professional caller who will be announcing all the dance steps.
So note your respective calendar and mosey on down to T.I. with family and friends to dosey doe for an evening of fun.
Click on the flyer to the left or find it in the Temple Lobby or on our website for registration.

Respectfully submitted,
Andrea Simon &
Karen E. Frey Gamora n
Religious School
Sundays: 9:30 am–12:00 pm
(9:30- 11:45am for Kitonim)
Hebrew School
(Wednesdays: 4:30 pm- 6:00pm for Students in 3 rd Grade & Up)

PLEASE NOTE:
There will not be school due to attendance of students in observation of Jewish holidays and/or public school holiday closing on:
Wednesday, February 21, 2018                    
Sunday, February 25, 2018
(Mid-Winter Recess)

There will be
No Hebrew School on Wednesday, February 28th, HOWEVER ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED
to attend the
Erev Purim Service/Shpiel at 7:00pm.

The children had a wonderful time with Brian Wild, the Animal Guy & his Reptiles on 1/7. Children got to touch and hold all different types of reptiles and other animals.

Brian, the Animal Guy, will be returning on Sunday, February 4th at 12:15 p.m..

The Ronald Avis Foundation is sponsoring FAMILY YOGA classes on February 3, 10, 17, 24 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.. Children, parents, and grandparents are welcome to attend. Nancy Corrigan will be teaching the classes.

There will be Purim Shpiel Rehearsal every Sunday in February. Members of the cast must attend.

Thank you to all the parents who contribute and support our school whenever they are called upon to do. Thank You!
Joyce Miller
School Advisor
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Are you stressed?
Do you want to build your core strength?
Join us.
Thursdays 7:15-8:15 p.m.
February 1,8,15,22
Sundays 6:00-7:00 p.m.
February 4,11,18,25
Members: $15
Non-Members $18.
Bring your own Yoga Mat
Both sets of classes are for
ADULTS ONLY .
Free baby sitting during Sunday classes only.
(*Baby sitting not available.)
Both Chair and mat students are accommodated at each class.
For more information contact
Bryn Biren 
1(718)727-2231
Sponsored by the
Dr. Ronald Avis Foundation
SATURDAYS -4:00-5:00 p.m.
February 3
February 10
February 17
February 24

Click on flyer to download or print!
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Home Fire  by Kamila Shamsie appeared on several “Best Books of 2017” lists.

Set in London, the U.S, Pakistan and Turkey, the novel centers around twin brother and sister, Aneeka and Parvaiz. Now 19 years old, they seek their own paths. Aneeka worries about her brother, and sees him separating from the family. She meets a handsome man, Eamonn.
As Eamonn has connections, the reader wonders if she really cares for him or is just using him to help save her beloved Parvaiz. The pace of the story quickens, leading us to a surprise ending. 

This is a great look into the problems Muslims face in today’s society, problems we faced, as Jews, over the millennia.

If you want to discuss it, please contact barbaralesp@yahoo.com

Happy reading!
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The program for the Sisterhood General Membership Meeting on Sunday, February 11th will be a Social Action project. Yes, we are making sandwiches again! These will be sent to Project Hospitality to help feed those in need.

On the broader scope, there is an Island-wide push for voter registration. We need to get the message out that everyone’s voice counts. Please watch for voter registration events, and volunteer to help make sure everyone who is eligible to vote, can!
If you want to be notified of specific meetings and events on the Island, please send Barbara Tepper an email at barbaralesp@yahoo.com . You will be added to the distribution list for Social Action events happening in the very near future.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Tepper and Pamela Rogozin, Co-Chairs

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
NO SHUSH SHABBAT
(for Special Needs Children & their families) h
6:00 p.m.
FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICE
TORAH READING
7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
INTERACTIVE FAMILY YOGA
4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4
BRIAN WILD & HIS INTERACTIVE ANIMALS
12:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
INTERACTIVE FAMILY YOGA
4:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
I*SHABBAT
(Interactive Shabbat Service for Young Children & Families)
6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
INTERACTIVE FAMILY YOGA
4:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
INTERACTIVE FAMILY YOGA
4:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
MEGILLAH READING &
PURIM SHPIEL
(MANDATORY FOR ALL HEBREW & RELIGIOUS SCHOOL STUDENTS)


ORDERS MAY BE PLACED BEGINNING FEBRUARY 10TH.
STOCK IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDERS EARLY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS EXCITING OPPORTUNITY!
We encourage you to share the flyer and ordering information with family and friends!

HELP SUPPORT
Sisterhood of Temple Israel
Buy Matzohgram © Printed Matzos for Passover

Dear Friends,

Sisterhood of Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island is excited to offer you a fun way to celebrate Passover while supporting our temple with your purchase! Matzohgram © Printed Matzos were recently featured in USA TODAY, The Jerusalem Post, URJ Biennial in December and was awarded “Best New Product” at KosherFest (the worlds largest kosher food exposition). 
With each purchase of at least $30.00, Matzohgram © will generously donate 30% of your product purchase back to our synagogue. These monies will help fund exciting Sisterhood programming and community outreach opportunities here at Temple Israel.

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Purchasing is quick and easy! Beginning February 10, 2018,
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3.    Type in our Synagogue “Charity Code”  RFM712
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Feel good knowing that Matzohgram © will generously donate 30% of your product purchase directly back to Sisterhood of Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island. Pass along our exclusive Charity Code to friends and family to ensure that Temple Israel will also benefit when they order.  

For further information please contact Jodi Siegel or Claire Guttsman at
(718)727-2231 or ticommunication@aol.com.

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SAVE THE DATE!
Honoring
Please consider becoming a member of our
KAVOD SOCIETY
It helps to make membership available to all our families.
Speak to our Financial Secretary to upgrade your membership.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF FORMING THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11
12 NOON
Contributions to Temple Israel as tributes, dedications or memorials are welcome. 


Donations can be dedicated to the general Temple Israel Fund or to any of the following specific funds: 






  • Adult Education Fund 
  • Building Preservation Fund 
  • Caring Community Fund 
  • Carole Lachman Memorial Fund
  • Choir Fund 
  • Estelle A. Gootenberg Memorial Fund (for Torah Repair/ Restoration) 
  • Gerald J. Lustig Memorial Fund (for Ark & Ark Doors) 
  • Liheyot Fund 
  • Membership Fund 
  • Prayerbook Fund 
  • Rabbi Marcus Kramer Memorial Library Fund 
  • Shoah Education Fund
  • Scholarship Fund 
  • Social Action

A $5.00 minimum donation is requested for these funds. Checks for donations to any of these funds should be made payable to Temple Israel.

PRAYERBOOKS may be dedicated in honor or memory of a special person or occasion. For specific prayerbooks and donation amounts, scroll down to the bottom of this bulletin..

Please make checks for Donations to the RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND payable to that fund.

Donations in any amount may be made to SISTERHOOD OF TEMPLE ISRAEL or BROTHERHOOD OF TEMPLE ISRAEL with checks made payable directly to the affiliate organization.

For a leaf on the TREE OF LIFE in honor of a simcha, please scroll down. 

For permanent MEMORIAL PLAQUES on our Family Memorial Wall or Original Memorial Wall, please call the Temple office at 718-727-2231.
To see list of all recent
Tributes and Program
Donations to Funds...
THE DR. RONALD AVIS FOUNDATION

It may be bleak and cold outside, but there is a lot of activity going on at Temple Israel thanks to the Avis Foundation.
Nancy Corrigan is leading FAMILY YOGA classes each Saturday in February (2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24) from 4:00- 5:00 PM. The classes are suitable for children, parents and their grandparents. Participants may practice on the floor or they can use a chair. Mats and straps are available. Classes are free to Temple members. There is a $15 charge for non-members.
Brian, the Animal Guy returns for the third time on February 4th at 12:30 to teach us everything there is to know about birds.Children will be allowed to pet the birds and ask questions.
Adult Yoga classes are available every Sunday night from6:00- 7:00 PM. Denice Nizarre is an incredible teacher. The classes are empowering and relaxing. There is no charge for Temple members. The fee is $15 for non-members. Looking ahead, Brian the Animal Guy returns for his final visit on March 11th with some of his favorite animals.
Be sure to mark your calendars on Sunday March 18 and Sunday, March 25 from 12:30-1:30 PM for two sessions of “The Magic of Music ”. A teacher from the JCC Music Institute will be leading classes in music appreciation and theory for children ages 5-10. This is free to Temple members and $15 for non-members.
The Avis Foundation is looking for young families who would like the opportunity to become members of Temple Israel at a highly reduced rate. This is an outstanding opportunity. For more information contact: Bryn Biren at 1(718)447-6225 or Terry Baver at 1(718)490-4428.

Sincerely,
Bryn Biren & Terry Baver
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We also can get Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Off Fifth, PetSmart, Peet’s Coffee, Barnes and Noble, Fairway, Marshalls/TJ Maxx. We are looking into getting The Container Store.
Just purchase gift certificates to these stores from Larry Hanibal, Rhonda Trontz-Allen, or Barbara Tepper. You pay the face value, but as we buy these in bulk, we get a discount. The discount becomes our profit, as much as 11% for Macy’s, 5% for the supermarkets and drug stores. Ask Larry or Barbara for details. There are many more vendors for which we can get gift certificates, so ask us if you have any special requests. Most gift certificates come in $25 and $100 denominations.
Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Tepper
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