TIC WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE    
February 15, 2018  
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Shabbat Terumah 
 
Friday, February 16
5:11 pm: Shabbat Candle Lighting  
5:30 pm: Minhah services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel   
 
Saturday, February 17
8:00 am: Theology on Shabbat  
9:00 am: Shabbat Services in the Milstein Sanctuary
9:30 am: Havurah Minyan in Reception Hall 1 
10:15 am: Teen Brunch in room 21 followed by teen minyan at 10:45 am in the Library
10:30 am: Contemplative Service with Rabbi Tucker in the Irene Schwebel Chapel
10:45 am: Ruah on Shabbat (for children grades 3-5) in Lower Level Conference Room
10:45 am: Simhat Shabbat (for children grades K-2 and their parents) in rooms D & E  
11:00 am: Tot Shabbat in Tot Shabbat room  
12:00 pm: Kiddush in Reception Halls
12:45 pm: Mishnah for teens with Rabbinic intern Louis Polisson in the Youth Lounge 
12:45 pm: Parashat HaShavua in rooms D & E  
 
5:30 pm: Minhah Services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel   
   
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This Monday, February 19:
Synagogue office is closed in honor of Presidents' Day.
 
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This Friday! Shabbat Hamudim (Cuties Shabbat) with Rabbi Ari & Cantor Mordecai
Join us for a relaxed, come-as-you-are Shabbat experience for families with young children (recommended for children from NS- through Grade 1).  Welcome Shabbat with songs, stories, dancing and kiddush on the Third Friday of every month including this Friday, February 16th. 
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Havurah Minyan this Shabbat 
 
Havurah Minyan is this Saturday, February 17, followed by the annual ice cream for kiddush offsite. 
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Happy Purim! It's time to order Mishlo'ah Manot!  
Deadline to order is tomorrow, Friday 2/16, at noon!
(Wait until you see the specially-themed baskets!) 
 
Check your emails sent from Temple Israel Center Mishlo'ah Manot (and/or a letter in your mailbox) for your login information. Go online at https://www.happypurim.com/Default.aspx, enter your login information, and order!
 
Orders must be placed by noon on Friday, February 16
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February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

A human being mints many coins from the same mold, and they are all identical. But the Holy One, blessed by God, strikes us all from the mold of the first human and each one of us is unique.  
                                                                                                                                    Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5
 
How awesome is our creator?  Let's all look to see the awesomeness in each other as we learn and grow together.
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Save the dates: A Message from the Rabbi Search Committee
 
We are pleased to announce that the Rabbi Search Committee has invited three candidates to each spend a weekend at TIC.  Each weekend will be structured to give the candidate exposure to the many different facets of our community.  In particular, candidates will be involved in Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday night and Shabbat services on Saturday morning.  Following Kiddush (after the Shabbat morning service), members of our congregation will have the opportunity to meet the candidate in the sanctuary and ask questions. Your participation is vital to the future of our beloved community and we urge you to join us so that your input can be part of the decision process.   
 
The candidate visits continue, and are scheduled for the following Shabbat weekends:
          February 24 - Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun  
          March 3 - Rabbi Rachel Kobrin
       
The resume for each of the candidates can be found in the Member's section of the TIC website.
 
This is an exciting and important decision for our congregation.  We thank you in advance for your participation in this process, and we look forward to seeing you on all three weekends. We also thank those families who are celebrating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah on these weekends for making space for these very important candidate visits.
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SHABBAT SHENANIGANS
Halutzim (Grades K-2)

Come enjoy a Shabbat afternoon filled with games, activities, laughter and fun!
Saturday, February 24th
12:30 - 2:00 pm
View flyer here.
Please RSVP by February 22nd to Arielle Richman a.richman@templeisraelcenter.org.
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NURSERY SCHOOL NEWS   
 
The Nursery School will be closed February 19-23.
 
Join us for Camp 2018! If you are looking for a loving and fabulous day camp, you have come to the right place! Mahane Rishon - My First Camp, for toddlers and incoming 2s, 3s and 4s, is the perfect option providing a rich and wonderful camp experience. Click here for our Camp brochure.  Click here  for our Camp registration packet.
 
Babies & Bagels: How to Create Quality Time with your kids  Tuesday, March 6, 9:15-10:30am  
Connect with other parents of young babies while learning from this month's specialist:  Jen Spitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Free and open to all.  Coffee and bagels will be served. View flyer  here.
 
Toddler & Me Wednesdays, 9:15-10:30am, February 7 - May 30
Explore and make new friends in a fun filled morning of play, art, music and more.  For children 10-24 months and their caregiver. View flyer here.
 
Bim Bam Fridays, 10:30-11:30am, February 9 - June 1
Hear stories, sing songs and celebrate Shabbat together.  For children ages 3 and under and their caregiver. View flyer here.
 
Registration Now Open for the 2018-19 School Year. 
Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment is subject to available space and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like to schedule a tour or learn more about the TIC Nursery School, please contact the Nursery School Director,  Patty Goldstick or call 914-948-2800, x126. For registration information, click here.
 
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.
 
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SHORASHIM AND HAVURAT TORAH NEWS 

Shorashim and Havurat Torah are closed for President's Week Recess
Sunday, February 18-Sunday, February 25

Snow Days:
In the event of a weather-related closing:
On Sundays, the decision to close Shorashim will be made by 7:00 am.  On weekdays, Shorashim and Havurat Torah will be canceled if either White Plains or Scarsdale public schools are closed.  If those public schools are open but decide to cancel after-school activities, we will also cancel Shorashim and Havurat Torah on those days.  We will relay this information to all our families by the following methods: 
  • Call us at 914-948-2800, ext. 158 (our weather-related phone extension) to hear a voice message from the Education Office when there are weather-related school closings to report.
     
  • We will provide this information to Channel 12 news.
  • An email will be sent to all our Shorashim and HT families.
Shorashim News  
(please read until the end for important community information)

Shorashim and Havurat Torah are closed for President's Week Recess
Sunday, February 18-Sunday, February 25
 
This Week in the Torah / Parashat Ha-Shavua
This week's parashat ha-shavua/Torah story, comes from the Book of Shmot/Exodus, and is called, Terumah. Click here to learn more about it. 
 
Be'Atid...Coming Soon

Purim
 
Purim Celebrations during Shorashim and in the Evening
Wednesday, February 28
4:00-6:00pm
Children are encouraged to come to Shorashim in costume. No weapons please!
 
*Regular Shorashim learning from 4:00-6:00pm.
**All Shorashim learners can come on Wednesday and be part of the Talent Show and participate in the theater workshop  even if they usually come on Thursday
***Regular dismissal at  6:00 pm  except for those children staying for the evening family event and/or megillah reading.
 
Shorashim learning will include:
  • Shorashim's Third Annual "Catch a Rising Jewish Star" talent show.  For more information view flyer here. Any Shorashim learner, regardless of the weekday they attend, are encouraged to come on Wednesday to participate and/or watch "Catch a Rising Jewish Star."
  • All TIC children will have a chance to participate from 5:15-6:00pm in a fun and engaging Purim workshop and theater games orchestrated by Mainstages Productions.
  • Following Shorashim on Wednesday at 6:15 will be a Purim Celebration in the Milstein Sanctuary, emceed by "Mainstages", featuring a Purim Shpiel, Megillah highlights, songs, contests and more, all followed by Community-wide full Megillah reading at 7:45pm.  
(Shorashim and TIC  families who would like to meet their children for the family Purim event and/or megillah reading will be able to pick them up at 6:15pm.  We will feed those children pizza for dinner at 6pm*.    All children must be accompanied by an adult to the megillah reading at 6:15pm.)

*If you want your child to stay for pizza dinner please email Lisa and let her know at l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org
 
Regular Shorashim learning  
Thursday, March 1
4:00-6:00pm
 
Purim carnival in lieu of regular Shorashim learning 
Sunday, March 4
11:00am-1:00pm View flyer here.  
 
Book Fair Coming to Shorashim
Wednesday, March 14-Sunday, March 18
We're looking for Volunteers!  We need you!
 
The Shorashim Parents Organization is excited to be planning for our 3rd annual TIC Spring Book Fair.  This is a wonderful community building event, and a joint project between Shorashim and the Nursery School PTO.  The book fair will take place Wednesday, March 14th - Sunday, March 18th.  In a few weeks we will be sending out materials for signing up to volunteer at the book fair.  We would love to have more parents join the planning committee.  Looking forward to another successful book fair! To volunteer and for more information email ticbookfair@gmail.com.     
 
New Adult Education Series
Make Shabbat and holidays come alive for you and your family!
Click here  for information about Monday evening adult ed.  Register online today!
 
This Friday! Shabbat  Hamudim (Cuties Shabbat) with Rabbi Ari & Cantor Mordecai
Join us for a relaxed, come-as-you-are Shabbat experience for families with young children (recommended for children from NS- through Grade 1).  Welcome Shabbat with songs, stories, dancing and kiddush on the Third Friday of every month.
When?
Third Fridays:  February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th.
What time? 
5:15pm - 5:45pm
Where?
The learning space across from the library
 
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
 
Havurah Torah is closed for President's week recess on Wednesday, February 21. 
 
PURIM 
Purim Celebrations  
Wednesday, February 28
  • Havurat Torah teens are invited to arrive early at 6:00 pm for a pizza dinner (email Lisa Schwartz, see email address below*)
  • 6:15  pm: Ma'ariv service with Interactive Purim Shpiel and Celebration emceed by Mainstages.
     
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult to the megillah reading at 6:15pm 
*Any HT teens planning to attend the pizza dinner, please email Lisa and let her know at l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org
 
 
Purim Carnival  
Sunday, March 4
11:00am-1:00pm 
View flyer here

Check out what we're offering for the spring semester (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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YOUTH and FAMILY PROGRAMMING  

Shabbat Experience for all 6th Grade Families 
March 9-10, 2018
5:50 -8:45 pmFriday evening service with singing & dancing, dinner, and activities.
9:30 am-2:00 pm: A special Shabbat service for 6th Graders & families, lunch, and an outdoor adventure.

SHABBAT SHENANIGANS 
Halutzim (Grades K-2)  
Come enjoy a Shabbat afternoon filled with games, activities, laughter and fun! 
Saturday, February 24th 
12:30 - 2:00 pm
View flyer here. 
Please RSVP by February 22nd to Arielle Richman a.richman@templeisraelcenter.org.
     
PURIM
Purim Celebrations
Wednesday, February 28  
  • All TIC children will have a chance to participate from 5:15-6:00 pm in a fun and engaging Purim theater workshop orchestrated by Mainstages Productions. If your child wishes to join in the fun please rsvp to Aliza Burton at a.burton@templeisraelcenter.org.
  • 6:00 pm: Havurat Torah teens are also invited to arrive early for a pizza dinner (email Lisa Schwartz, see email below).
  • Any child or HT teen wanting to stay for pizza dinner, please email Lisa and let her know at l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org.
     
  • 6:15 pm: Ma'ariv service with Interactive Purim Shpiel and Celebration emceed by Mainstages
     
  • 7:45 pm: Community-wide full Megillah reading.
*Any child or HT teen wanting to stay for pizza dinner, please email Lisa and let her know at l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org
 
Please bring a box of pasta to use as a noisemaker (grogger) to drown out Haman's name at any of the Purim celebrations and Megillah readings - at 6:15 pm and 7:45 pm. Pasta will be donated to the Food Bank of Westchester as one way to fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot la'evyonim (giving to the needy) and a way to express our appreciation during this joyous holiday of Purim.
 

Purim carnival  
Sunday, March 4
11:00am-1:00pm 
View flyer here.
 
6th Grade Family Brunch:  
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, May 6, 2018, at 9:30-11:30 am
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TIC Parents of Children with Special Needs ages 0-17 
The next gathering of the TIC Parents of Children with Special Needs ages 0-17 is Thursday, March 22, 10:00 amWe will be discussing ways we deal with our children's anxieties. There will be an informal discussion and light snacks.  Our Director of Inclusion, Michelle Steinhart, will be there.  
 
Please RSVP to Jenny Simon Tabak at the synagogue office  .  Note that you are welcome to drop in without RSVP'ing, however, it helps us to figure out chairs and amount of food.
 
Here are the dates for the rest of the year.  Let us know if you are interested in hosting any of the upcoming gatherings.
Thurs morning March 22   10:00 am
Thurs evening April 19  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thurs morning May 17   10:00 am
Thurs evening June 14   8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thurs evening July 19   8:00pm - 10:00 pm
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Shabbat Hamudim (Cuties Shabbat)
with Rabbi Ari & Cantor Mordecai
Join us for a relaxed, come-as-you-are Shabbat experience for families with young children (recommended for children from NS- through Grade 1).  Welcome Shabbat with songs, stories, dancing and kiddush on the  Third Friday  of every month.
When?
Third Fridays:  February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th.
What time? 
5:15pm - 5:45pm
Where?
The learning space across from the library

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Save the Dates! 
April 27-29, 2018 | 13-15 Iyyar 5778
 
Join TIC for a Weekend of Learning and Celebration !
 
The weekend will open with the Arthur S. Weinstock Scholar-In-Residence Shabbat inspired by a new book of commentaries on Pirkei Avot, scheduled for publication in early spring, with teachings by Rabbi Gordon Tucker and Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum. Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 2018.
   
We are thrilled to cap the weekend with an EVENING OF CELEBRATION AND APPRECIATION to honor Rabbi Gordon Tucker and Amy Cohn on Sunday, April 29, 2018, in anticipation of the Rabbi's retirement at the end of June.
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Save the Date!
Adults on the Move day trip to the Hudson River Musuem/Yonkers
Join us on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
12:00-4:30
$35 includes lunch, bus, docent-led tour of the museum exhibit, an opportunity to browse the museum, and visit Glenview, the museum's historic home built in 1876
  • Docent-led Exhibit: The Neo-Victorians¬≠-Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour
  • Browse the museum collections
  • Visit Glenview, the museum's historic 1876 house
RSVP by February 20 here. For TIC members only.
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Sisterhood Bookclub
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Offsite
The bookclub is reading the novel, The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer.
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Eat*Pray*Learn Dinner & Book Talk: We'll Always Have Casablanca
 
Join us on  Friday evening, March 9, as we welcome Shabbat, enjoy a delicious Moroccan themed dairy dinner and discover local author, Noah Isenberg who will discuss his recent publication--We'll Always Have Casablanca. (This dinner and book was originally scheduled for December and was canceled /rescheduled because of inclement weather on that December day.)  
 
For the 75th anniversary of its premiere--the incredible story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films.
 
We'll Always Have Casablanca  is celebrated film historian Noah Isenberg's rich account of this most beloved movie's origins. Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind Casablanca's production, exploring the transformation of the unproduced stage play into the classic screenplay, the controversial casting decisions, the battles with Production Code censors, and the effect of the war's progress on the movie's reception. Isenberg particularly focuses on the central role refugees from Hitler's Europe played in the production (nearly all of the actors and actresses cast in Casablanca were immigrants).
 
Registration is required. Sign up here
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Making Shabbat And Holidays Come Alive For You And Your Family 
Ongoing new Adult Ed series. Through text study, discussions, hands-on activities and crafts, we will explore the key themes of Shabbat and holidays, and share engaging ways to celebrate with family members of all ages. Each participant will have a chance to create a ritual object to take home that can enhance Shabbat and holiday celebrations with family and friends. Bring your curiosity, creativity, and great ideas. 
 
Join us for these monthly sessions! March 12 (Pesah), April 23 (Shabbat eve), May 7 (Shabbat day).  
Educators: Rachel Glickenstein, Arielle Richman and Susan Ticker   
 
RSVP is encouraged, not required. Email Aliza Burton at a.burton@templeisraelcenter.org. This series is free to all TIC members.  View flyer here
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HUNGRY & HOMELESS Winter Update

Look at what we've done as a community...We responded generously to the Yom Kippur Appeal
and can take pride in having donated approximately  $20,000.00 to local organizations feeding, housing and supporting county residents.

Please continue to contribute to the Hungry & Homeless appeal. The funds that you provide help thousands throughout Westchester.   Click here to view the Winter 2017 update, and click here to make a donation.
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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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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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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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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.