TIC WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE    
November 30, 2017 
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Shabbat Vayyishlah       

Friday, December 1
4:08 pm:  Candle Lighting  
4:25 pm: Minhah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv Services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel
5:50 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv Services in the Milstein Sanctuary 
 
Saturday, December 2
8:00 am:  Theology on Shabbat
9:00 am: Shabbat Services in the Milstein Sanctuary
Bar Mitzvah: Nadav Wigodsky 
Bar Mitzvah: Alon Wigodsky   
Bat Mitzvah: Deena Wigodsky   
10:45 am:  Sim h at Shabbat Service in Rooms D & E 
10:45 am:  Ruah on Shabbat Service in the Lower Level Conference Room
11:00 am:  Tot Shabbat in Tot Shabbat room        
12:00 pm: Kiddush in the Reception Halls 2 and 3
12:45 pm: Parashat HaShavua Classroom C
12:45 pm: Mishnah for Teens with Rabbinic Intern Louis Polisson 
 
4:25 pm:  Minhah Services
 
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EAT*PRAY*LEARN Shabbat Author Series
Join us on the first Friday of the month as we welcome Shabbat, enjoy a delicious dairy dinner and discover local authors.
 
This Friday night: The book event for The Patriots by Sana Krasikov is December 1.
Registration is required here.
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Young Couples' Group Event - Latke Vodka
Book your babysitter for the next annual YOUNG COUPLES' GROUP Latke Vodka 
 
This Saturday night: Saturday, December 2, 2017  
8:00 pm in RH 1 
$36/couple
Register online here or pay at the door. 
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COMMUNITY HANUKKAH HAPPENING
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm* 
*Teens and adults: Stay until 7:30 pm to learn with Rabbi Ari  
 
Hanukkah games, learning with our Rabbis, singing, hesed activities, candle-lighting, dinner and more! 
 
For more information, and to RSVP, click herePlease remember to bring an unwrapped toy, a Hanukkiah, and $1 to play Bingo. 
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This Monday: PIRKEI AVOT mini course
Educator:     Rabbi Gordon Tucker 
Schedule:    Mondays through December 18 
                     9:00-10:00 am 
 
Pirkei Avot, one of the sixty-three Tractates of the Mishnah, contains Rabbinic Judaism's prescriptions for how to lead a life of virtue and honor.  In the spring of 2018, new commentaries by Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum and Rabbi Gordon Tucker are to appear in print.  In this seven week course, we will have the opportunity to study and discuss in depth essential parts of these new commentaries, even before the actual publication date.

A weekend celebration for this publication is being planned for the Spring.
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Tefilah Mavens  
Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30  pm 
For all students in 5th and 6th grades from all schools. Join Cantor Mordecai to learn how to take an active role in leading segments of the Tefilah for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and beyond.  View flyer here.
 
For more information, contact Cantor Mordecai g.mordecai@templeisraelcenter.org
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YOUTH and FAMILY PROGRAMMING  
PROGRAMS COMING SOON: 
 
6th Grade Family Brunches:  
Opportunities for all 6th Grade children and their parents to learn, discover, and create. Each session features innovative programming, interactive learning, text study, and discussions with peers, educators, and clergy. Breakfast is also served. 
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 9:30-11:30 am
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 9:30-11:30 am
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 9:30-11:30 am  
Hesed Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Sunday morning, December 3, Project Hope - for all 6th Grade families: Off-site
    For more details, click here to view flyer. 
  • Monday, January, 15, MLK Day - TIC Community-Wide Family Hesed Day: On-site
    For all TIC community members, youth and families
    10:30am - 12:30pm
    Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a morning of meaningful community service activities for children of all ages and their parents.
Shabbat Family Experiences for Pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah Families:
  • January 6, 2018, 9:30 am-2:30 pm: for all 6th and 7th Grade youth and families
  • February 9-10, 2018: Shabbaton for all 6th Grade youth and families
  • March 9-10, 2018: Shabbaton for all 6th Grade youth and families
Please save the dates for the following events:
Dec. 9: Teen Brunch & Minyan 
Dec. 13: Community Hanukkah Happening at TIC, register here 
Dec. 18: USY co-chapter ice skating event     
 
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NURSERY SCHOOL NEWS  
 
Babies & Bagels - The Gift of Sleep
December 12, 2017, 9:15-10:30am, Room 15
Connect with other parents of young babies while learning how to give your child the gift of sleep.  Free and open to all.  Coffee and bagels will be served. View flyer here.
 
PTO Hanukkah Party
December 12, 2017, 5:00-6:30 pm, TIC Reception Hall 1
Food, fun and crafts, candle lighting ceremony and dairy dinner.
Free, but registration required here .  
 
The Great Roberto Magic Show
Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10:00 am, TIC Reception Hall 1
$18.00 per family. Purchase tickets at the door or online here.
 
New Program: Turning Two
A Separation program designed for children who will be turning two years old between December 2017 and April 2018.  
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15-11:15 am, January 30-May 31. See flyer here.
Contact Patty Goldstick at 948-2800 x 126 for more information. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about the TIC Nursery School, please contact the Nursery School Director,  Patty Goldstick or call  914-948-2800, x126.
 
Shop Without Guilt 
Please support the Nursery School when you shop this holiday season.  Just go to smile.amazon.com/ch/13-1740409 and Amazon the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the TIC Nursery School! 
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SHORASHIM AND HAVURAT TORAH NEWS  
  
Shorashim News   
Be'Atid...Coming Soon
 
Sunday, December 3
Project Hope Hanukkah 2017
Volunteers needed to help deliver Hanukkah food/gift packages to homebound, poor and isolated elderly in the Bronx.
This social action family event is in lieu of regular Shorashim learning for the 6th grade.
We will meet in Coop City. We will return to TIC for our regular 11:30 am Shorashim dismissal. 
View flyer here for details.
 
Sunday, December 10
TIC Community 6th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Family Brunch, 9:30-11:30 am
In lieu of Shorashim.
 
Wednesday, December 13
Community Hanukkah Event 5:00-7:30 pm 
4:00-5:00 pm    Regular Shorashim learning
5:00-6:00 pm    Special Hanukkah activities for all TIC children
6:00 pm            Shorashim dismissal from Reception Hall #2 for those not staying on for dinner.   
                         Please park and come in and collect your children or join them for the dinner.
6:00-6:30 pm    Dinner for those who have rsvp'd
6:30-7:00 pm    Singing and Candle-lighting
7:00-7:30 pm    Adult and teen learning with Rabbi Ari
**Please remember to bring an unwrapped toy, a Hanukkiah, and $1 to play Bingo.**
Register here. Deadline for regular pricing is December 6th
 
December 24 through January 2, 2018 
Winter brea k - Shorashim and Havurat Torah closed starting Sunday, December 24.
Classes resume Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 
 
Important info:
Shorashim is a CELL PHONE FREE environment.  We will ask your children to turn their phones off from 4:00-6:00 on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9:00-11:30 on Sundays.  If you need to contact your child during Shorashim hours, please call the office.  We are striving to meet our educational goals and our social/emotional goals every moment that the children are in Shorashim and the cell phone gets in the way of that.  Thank you for your understanding and your support.
 
Reminder to parents that optional parent-educator conferences will be happening on the following dates in 2018:
Grades K, 1, 2, 5, 6:  choice of January 21 or February 11
Grades 3 & 4:  choice of January 21 or February 4
Available times will be between 11:45 am and 2:00 pm.   Sign up outside your child's learning space or email your child's educator with your preferred time from 11:45am-1:00pm each day. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. Contact Lisa Schwartz at 914-948-2800, x122, or email   l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org  or Jean Klipstein, office administrator, at 914-948-2800 x 123, or email j.klipstein@templeisraelcenter.org to schedule a tour and a conversation.
 
Havurat Torah News
 
All Teens are invited to the Community Hanukkah Happening on December 13, 5:00-7:30 pm. Reservations required, sign up here. Please remember to bring an unwrapped toy, a Hanukkiah, and $1 to play Bingo.
 
 
Check out what we're offering (click on the links below).

Havurat  
Torah Offerings for 5778 (2017-2018):
 
If you are interested in hearing more about what your friends are learning at HT this year, 
ask them why they're choosing to participate and what they're excited about.  

Questions? Contact Susan Ticker at  914-948-2800, x113, or email 
s.ticker@templeisraelcenter.org .
Register now. We are eager to welcome  you into our learning community!
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Wise Aging and Meditation
There is a "new aging" happening.  Being 60+ is now a time of continued development, of generativity and life repair.  Using texts, discussions and contemplative exercises, we'll identify new possibilities offered by this time of life.
Wednesday, December 6 (last session of the season).  
10:30 am-12 noon. $100 fee.  View flyer here.
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Honor Day 
Tonight: Thursday, November 30 , 2017  
8:00- 9:30 pm
Young Israel of White Plains, 135 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains 

For the Casualties of Israel's Wars & Enemy Acts
The 5 Synagogues of White Plains invite you for an inspirational evening in honor of Israel's wounded soldiers.
 
View flyer and purchase tickets here .
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5th Annual Water & Wine with Alon Ben-Gurion
"Personal stories of my Grandfather's legacy"
Tonight: Thursday, November 30, 2017 
6:15 pm Complimentary VIP Dinner with Alon Ben-Gurion
7:30 pm Community-wide dessert & wine reception
   
Westchester Reform Temple
255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
RSVP by November 22, 2017 at jnf.org/waterandwine
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From the Law Books to the Battle Field 
Sunday, December 10 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join us at TIC for a fascinating conversation with Israeli Human Rights Attorney Gadi Ezra
Free and open to all, RSVP requested, view flyer here.
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Breakfast and Learn 5778 (2017-18) 
The Bible in Song

This year, we will continue to explore Israeli songs  that serve as modern midrash on Bible stories and characters, beginning with the patriarchs and matriarchs of the Torah. New students welcome.
 
Instructor: Rabbi Dina Shargel  
View flyer here for details.
To register, email rabbishargel@gmail.com or call 914-948-2800, ext. 121. 
 
Fridays at 7:50 am in Room 21
December 1, (the December 15th class is cancelled) January 5, 19 ,  February 2, 16*, 
March 2, 16 ,  April 13, 27,  May 11, 25,  June 8, 22
  *8:00 am start time 
 
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A VERY SPECIAL MASORTI MISSION TO ISRAEL IN 2018
 
Join Rabbi Tucker on a very special mission to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Masorti movement in Israel.
Advocate for religious pluralism at the Knesset

Travel the country and visit 10 - 12 Masorti kehillot
From the Shabbat of January 26-27, through the evening of February 1

For more information, contact David Lissy, Interim Executive Director, Masorti Foundation at 212-870-2216 or dlissy@masorti.org. View flyer here for details.

For help with travel arrangements and flights, contact yafa@israeltour.com at Israel Tour Connection (ITC) or,  call Yafa at 973-535-2575 or 800-247-7235
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KOL NIDRE APPEAL REMINDER 
We are grateful to those of you who have already contributed to this year's Kol Nidre Appeal.
If you have not yet participated, please send in your completed pledge card, or donate online by clicking on the 5778 Kol Nidre Appeal link here.
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SISTERHOOD BOOK CLUB
 
Our next meeting is on January 17, 2018, we will be reading the book, Henna House, by Nomi Eve. 
 
Contact Sheryl for location information at sheryl.lewit27@yahoo.com.
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J-Teen Leadership Disaster Area Relief Service Trips (DARST)

Thanks to a generous grant from Time for Good, a UJA-Federation initiative, J-Teen will be leading seven Disaster Area Relief Service Trips (DARST) to Houston and Florida this year! High schoolers (grades 9-12) will work together to help those affected by the recent hurricanes through hands-on work and social action. 

For more information, go to website here.
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The Hesed Circle  
Bikkur Holim * Senior Connect * Shiva Support 
 
Click here more information.  Questions? Email mail us at HesedCircle@templeisraelcenter.org.
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HELP FURTHER THE MISSION OF THE TIC INCLUSION COMMITTEE

The TIC Inclusion Committee works on exploring and improving issues related to anyone who feels excluded in any way, including people with disabilities and learning differences, the LGBTQ community, or those experiencing mental health issues. Anyone who needs our services, please contact Michelle Steinhart, TIC's Director of Inclusion, at m.steinhart@templeisraelcenter.org .

To join the committee in its work, please contact Michelle Steinhart or Robin Friedman at rskf18@gmail.com.
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HUNGRY & HOMELESS KOL NIDRE APPEAL CONTINUES

Please continue to contribute to the Hungry & Homeless appeal. The funds that you provide help thousands throughout Westchester. Click here to view the Spring/Summer update, and click here to make a donation.
 
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DOROT Westchester Intergenerational Chess

Opportunity for Older Adults to Participate in an Intergenerational Chess Program

* Learn and Play Chess with Teens
* Wednesday Afternoons in Hartsdale
* Transportation is available
* Great for Brain Fitness

Call Cippi Harte, Director DOROT Westchester, to Register: (914) 573-8906. View  flyer here .
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MAH JONGG WITH SISTERHOOD 

Sisterhood holds mah jongg games on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m

"We play for tzedakah/charity, one game at a time."  Players need not be Sisterhood or Temple Israel Center members. 

Contact Linda Lieberman at 914-472-3626. We play year-round, except for holidays and when the synagogue is closed.

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TIC FOOD VOLUNTEERS

 

Do you know where YOUR next meal is coming from?  

Would you like to help someone who doesn't? 

Join the TIC Food Volunteers!  We prepare more than 150 meals on the first Sunday of every month for the hungry and homeless.  Meals are prepared in volunteers' homes and brought to TIC for transport to The Sharing Community in Yonkers, NY. To learn how you can help, contact Judith Grand at (914) 328-3322 or  foodvolunteer@gmail.com.     

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UNITED WAY 2-1-1 HELPLINE
 
Need Help? Speak to Real People and Get Real Answers
United Way's 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral helpline open 365 days a year, 9:00 am-7:00 pm. Our knowledgeable call specialists are here to listen, to care, and most of all, to give you the information you need on:  food, housing and shelters, abuse prevention, government services, senior services, health& mental health, child care, job assistance and more.

To speak to someone dial 2-1-1 from any phone or visit
www.uwwp.org/get-help  
 
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WJCS KOSHER MEAL DELIVERY 

WJCS kosher Meals-on-Wheels program is looking for volunteer drivers. Monthly, biweekly, or occasionally; we'll work with your schedule. Contact Eileen at 914-668-4350, or eoleet@wjcs.com.

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MINYANIM AT TIC!
Support fellow congregants who want to pray in a community as well as those who are saying Kaddish.  It is an act of great kindness. We gather in the lrene Schwebel Chapel at 7:10 am Monday-Friday, at 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday, and at 9:00 am and 8:00 pm on Sunday.   Check our calendar for minyanim times on Shabbat.    

To join the minyan corps, contact
TIC COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES
- Support TIC mourners during shiva week by being part of shiva minyanim. To participate in this act of hesed, email Caren Zelicof. 

- Celebrating a simha or remembering a loved one? You can share the commemoration by sponsoring a Shabbat kiddush. Email  Kelly Kressler or call her at 914-948-2800 x111.

- Dedicating one or more copies of Siddur Lev Shalem is another great way to commemorate a yahrtzeit or to celebrate a simha. Click here to get started. 

- Birthday parties are great fun at TIC! For gym or room rental details, email   Kelly Kressler.

- Share your good news with the TIC community. Email Susan Galla with details about your
s'mahot, or call her at 914-948-2800 x112.