TIC WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE    
March 16, 2017 
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Parashat Ki Tissa
Shabbat Parah

Friday, March 17
6:44 pm
Candle Lighting

5:15 pm
Shabbat Hamudim ("Cutie" Shabbat) Family Service
in Room 19

5:50 pm
Minhah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv
in Reception Hall 3 
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Saturday, March 18
8:00 am
Theology on Shabbat
in the Irene Schwebel Chapel

9:00 am
Shabbat services in the Milstein Sanctuary 

10:30 am
Contemplative Service
in the Irene Schwebel Chapel
Ruah on Shabbat
with Matan Glazer and Amy Rosenbaum in the Lower Level Conference Room
Simhat Shabbat, Tot Shabbat, and Nursery School celebrate Shabbat together with Patty Goldstick and special guests in
Rooms D and E
 
6:40 pm
Minhah services in the Milstein Sanctuary
Bar Mitzvah - Adam Katcher

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BREAKFAST AND LEARN WITH RABBI SHARGEL - FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 7:50 AM 

Begin your day with melody and learning -- and something to eat -- as Rabbi Shargel continues through the book of Genesis, making musical connections along the way. Click here for details.
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PARASHAT HASHAVUAH - EVERY SHABBAT AT 12:45 pm 

Learners in Grades K-5 are invited to join us in Rooms D and E to study the week's Torah portion.
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SHABBAT AFTERNOON CAFE - THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 18  

Warm up with family and friends at this week's Shabbat Afternoon Cafe. Games for all ages, refreshments, and some learning with Cantor Mordecai. Click here for details.
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SYNAGOGUE SECURITY 

The safety and security of our TIC community is of paramount importance. TIC has formed a Security Task Force that is reviewing our current policies and protocols, working with the White Plains Police Department and our security company to make recommendations to enhance the safety and security of our children, congregants, staff, and facility. Questions can be emailed to security@templeisraelcenter.org.
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GIVING TREE ONLINE FUNDRAISING ENDS TOMORROW, MARCH 17! 
The Giving Tree opportunities continue to be available through tomorrow, Friday, March 17. The Giving Tree is a great way to provide books for our religious schools, equipment for our nursery school, entertainment programs, and much more, all at very affordable prices. Click here to pluck a leaf off the Giving Tree!
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THRIVING SYNAGOGUE LEARNING TOOL SURVEY NOW OPEN  
 
We request all adult members of Temple Israel Center to please complete the survey, which is open now through April 5, at http://thrivingsyn.com/surveyTIC10605.  Reminder cards to take home are on the tables just outside the main Sanctuary. Three lucky respondents chosen at random will win Amazon gift cards (1 for $100 and 2 for $50).

The Learning Tool was developed by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, and is sponsored by SYNERGY at UJA-Federation of NY.
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KEHILLAH KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE - MARCH 18,
FINANCE, ACCOUNTING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND GOVERNMENT ADMINSTRATION 
 
Shabbat, March 18 - Shabbat Ki Tissa - describes the census of the people and each individual's debt of a half shekel for reparations of the temple. Therefore we invite all bankers, accountants, and those involved in computer coding or government administration to be part of the Kehillah Kiddush Sponsorship team. You may still sign up as a sponsor for this Shabbat at the link below if you register by 9:00 am tomorrow, March 17.

Sponsoring a kiddush is a terrific way to support the Temple Israel Center community. TIC's Kehillah Kiddush initiative recognizes the many different professions represented in our community.  By participating as a Kehillah Kiddush sponsor for $36 on one or more of the following Shabbatot , you can honor your profession and help us reach our goal of including as many members of our community as possible as Kiddush sponsors!

Join the sponsorship team by going to www.templeisraelcenter.org/kehillah_kiddush to sign up.
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POPCORN AND A PICTURE SHOW - SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 8:15 PM 
Rachel Weisz portrays historian Deborah Lipstadt, on trial for the truth about the Holocaust in the acclaimed movie, Denial. Following the movie, there will be a discussion about the concepts and perceptions depicted in the film. All are welcome to view this thought-provoking and educational picture. The cost is $10 per person, which includes refreshments and dessert. For details or to RSVP, contact Linda Lurie at 914-949-5849 or email Linda at mslrl@aol.com. Tickets will be sold at the door. This evening is sponsored by Sisterhood.

See you at the movies!
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TIC BOOK FAIR - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 - SUNDAY, MARCH 26
Please join us for our 2nd Annual TIC Spring Book Fair co-sponsored by the Nursery School and Shorashim. You'll find a large selection of children's books, graphic novels, cookbooks, afikomen gifts, new releases, Judaica for children and adults (including haggadot), clergy-recommended selections and more! Click here for the Book Fair hours and event details.

On Sunday, March 26, at 9:15 am, in conjunction with the Book Fair, local author and clinical psychologist Dr. Michelle Brody will speak about her book, Stop the Fight! An Illustrated Guide for Couples. She uses a unique approach to help people visualize and see their way out and make sustainable change.
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EVENING OF EMPATHY INCLUSION EVENT - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 7:00 PM 
TIC, along with other Jewish agencies in Westchester, presents an evening for adults and teens offering opportunities to learn about mental health challenges, inclusion, and LGBTQ issues. Click here for session details or email TIC's Director of Inclusion, Michelle Steinhart, at m.steinhart@templeisraelcenter.org.
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CALLING ALL YOUNG JEWISH ROCK STARS!
Are you a musician or singer between the ages of 12 and 18? Do you want to jam and learn  Jewish music with other talented young musicians? Join Rabbinic Intern Louis Polisson as we explore the world of  Jewish music with our instruments and voices! We'll be learning and playing it  all every week, from American  Jewish rock to Middle Eastern  Jewish music. Bring your instrument and join the band on Wednesday, March 22, from 8 to 8:45 pm in Room 20! 
 
Please email Rabbinic Intern Louis Polisson at l.polisson@templeisraelcenter.org  if you or your child is planning to join and if you have any questions.
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SCOTCH TASTING - THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 8:15 PM 
If you're thirsty and have a thirst for learning, come to the Scotch Tasting and Learning event, sponsored by the TIC Kiddush Scotch Club, Sisterhood, and Brotherhood. The per-person cost is $20, payable at the door. RSVPs by March 21 are requested. Send your reservation to Marc Berman at mjb543@optimum.net.
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UNDERSTANDING THE HAGGADAH - SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 10:45 AM  
Join Rabbi Shargel for "A Tale of Two Origins," an exploration of conflicting interpretations in the Haggadah. Click here for details. 
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SHAHARIT LECTURE SERIES - MONDAY, MARCH 27, 7:30 PM 
The Shaharit Lecture Series continues, presented by Temple Israel Center. Shaharit is a think tank that brings together Israelis of diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

The March 27 event is a talk by Senior Shaharit Fellow Tehila Nachalon Friedman. Her discussion topic will be "The Struggle for the Soul of Religious Zionism." Click here for details or email Nancy Parkes at n.parkes@templeisraelcenter.org.
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REGISTER NOW FOR AIPAC - MARCH 26-28 
Join Rabbi Ari Isenberg-Grzeda and fellow TIC members in Washington, DC, for this conference that is more important now than ever before. Contact Adam Engel at 646-360-1543 or aengel@aipac.org for information and to learn more about TIC's delegation. Click here to view Rabbi Ari's video presentation.
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YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMMING 
 SHABBAT HAMUDIM ("CUTIE" SHABBAT) FAMILY SERVICE - THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 5:15 PM
Join Cantor Marcey and Rabbi Ari at this family-friendly service to welcome Shabbat. Click here for details, or email m.wagner@templeisraelcenter.org. 

TEFILLAH MAVENS -- EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 6:00 PM
Calling all TIC learners in grades 6 and up! Come sing with Cantor Marcey Wagner, Cantor George Mordecai, and Community Educator, Amy Rosenbaum, and learn the Shabbat service better. This is great preparation for all, including those learners within a year of their becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If you are interested, just show up at 6:00 pm on Wednesday or stay following Shorashim dismissal.   Tefillah Mavens will conclude at 6:30 pm. 
 
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NURSERY SCHOOL NEWS   
 
BOOK COLLECTION
The Nursery School Hesed Committee and Shorashim will be collecting gently used books through mid-March, in conjunction with our upcoming Spring Book Fair (March 22- March 26). Books will be donated to the Infant-Toddler Learning Center and the Parent-Child Center through WJCS (Westchester Jewish Community Services). Please drop off your gently used books either in the NS lobby or in the collection box outside the Shorashim office. Thank you for helping us teach the children that we can make the world a better place.
 
SUPPORT THE TIC NURSERY SCHOOL WHEN YOU SHOP 
Click here to support the Nursery School whenever you shop on Amazon. Remember to bookmark it, too!

To learn more about the TIC Nursery School, please contact the Nursery School Director, Patty Goldstick at 914-948-2800, x126 or email  p.goldstick@templeisraelcenter.org.
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SHORASHIM AND HAVURAT TORAH NEWS  

SIDDUR
COVER WORKSHOP FOR 2ND-GRADE PARENTS - SUNDAY, MARCH 19
 
Decorate a siddur cover to surprise your child at the siddur ceremony on April 30.  This session is for parents only; learners will have regular Shorashim class. 

BOOK COLLECTION
The Nursery School Hesed Committee and Shorashim will be collecting gently used books through mid-March, in conjunction with our upcoming book fair (March 22- March 27). Books will be donated to the Infant-Toddler Learning Center and the Parent-Child Center through WJCS (Westchester Jewish Community Services). Please drop off your gently used books either in the NS lobby or in the collection box outside the Shorashim office. Thank you for helping us teach the children that we can make the world a better place.

PROJECT HOPE COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT - SUNDAY, MARCH 26
Help deliver food packages to the home-bound elderly in Co-Op City at 9:15 am. This social action opportunity will be in lieu of 6th grade learning that day. Click here for details.

SEE SHORASHIM IN ACTION - TAKE A TOUR
As you plan the next chapter in your child's Jewish education, include a Sunday morning tour of Shorashim classes in action. See what we do and how we learn. Contact Lisa Schwartz at 914-948-2800, x122, or email l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.com to schedule a tour and a conversation.
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HIAS PROGRAM FOR ADULTS AND TEENS - WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 5, 7:00 PM
Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 65 million - more than any time in history. Because of our history and our values, the Jewish people have a unique connection to these most vulnerable people.

On Wednesday, April 5, from 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm, Temple Israel Center invites you to join Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Director of Education at HIAS, the world's oldest, and only Jewish, refugee resettlement organization, for an evening of learning, reflection, and discussion. Together, we will have the opportunity to ground ourselves in a shared understanding of the global refugee crisis and to take action in support of refugees worldwide. More details to come soon.

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HOST AN ISRAELI FIRST RESPONDER - APRIL 30 THROUGH MAY 14

Connect with Israel and the people who live in the shadow of the Gaza Strip. Be a host family to an English-speaking Israeli woman who is a first responder when terror strikes in the region along the border. We are looking for host families from Sunday, April 30, to Sunday, May 14, to provide housing, breakfast, and some dinners. Contact Murray Forseter at 914-843-2010 or email mforseter@gmail.com .
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SAVE THE DATE FOR THE TIC BROTHERHOOD MAN OF THE YEAR EVENT - SUNDAY, APRIL 30

On Sunday, April 30, TIC Brotherhood will honor Seth Mandelbaum as their Man of the Year. Mark your calendars so you don't miss this much-anticipated annual event. More details will be coming soon!
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"THE CANTOR'S COUCH" IS COMING - SUNDAY, MAY 7, 7:00 PM
Cantor Jacob Mendelson - TIC's Cantor Emeritus - will star in a one-man show, "The Cantor's Couch." Come along on this exhilarating journey through Cantor Mendelson's real-life stories. Click here for a preview and here for more details.
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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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SHABBAT MORNING EARLY ARRIVALS

 

In order to better ensure the safety of our congregants, those entering the building prior to 8:45 am on Saturday mornings should use the front door by the Main Office, where we will have a security guard posted beginning at 8:00 am.  Thank you for your cooperation.
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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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JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL - MARCH 16 THROUGH APRIL 2  
 
This year's festival, taking place at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, will feature 38 extraordinary films which celebrate the Jewish experience around the world.  Full Program Guide.  We are particularly pleased to highlight five special programs which feature high-level AJC speakers for post-screening discussions.  Click here for details and to purchase tickets. 

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WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY CONCERT WITH THE IDF BAND - TONIGHT, MARCH 16, 7:30 PM 
 
Friends of the IDF presents this event, hosted by Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains. Click here to register or email ali.picheny@fidf.org for more information.
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THE GIFT OF LIFE - SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 12:00 PM 
 
This joint program of Bet Am Shalom, Synagogue, Hebrew Institute of White Plains, and Temple Israel Center of White Plains explores organ donation through the lens of Jewish law and tradition, medical ethics, and the mitzvah of pikuah nefesh. Click here to learn more about the program and the presenters, including our own Rabbi Gordon Tucker, or email Alan Septimus at alan@aseptimus.com

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ANTISEMITISM, JOURNALISM, AND THE ELECTION - THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 7:00 PM 
Larchmont Temple (75 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont) presents three Jewish political reporters who covered the presidential and local elections in 2016 : WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein, and Politico's Hadas Gold. These panel members all experienced anti-Semitic taunts as they reported on the election last year. They'll speak about what happened and how it affected the way they do their jobs in today's America . Click here for program details. 

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"CAN WE TALK?" WORKSHOP - THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 7:30 PM 
This informative program is designed to help families navigate the challenging decisions and questions surrounding end-of-life issues. For parents of grown children, this is a chance to learn how to communicate goals and wishes, especially about the type of care they would like should they become incapacitated. For adult children and their siblings and spouses, this workshop will provide resources for getting the conversation started with an older parent.
 
This free program is hosted at the JCC of Harrison, 130 Union Avenue, and is open to the entire community, but RSVPs are requested (info@jcch.org ). Click here for more program information.
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UJA PRESENTS AMBASSADOR RABINOVICH - SATURDAY, APRIL 1,
8:45 PM

UJA-Federation invites you to "U.S.-Israel Relations in a Changing World: From Rabin to Netanyahu," with former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Itamar Rabinovich on Saturday night, April 1, at 8:45 pm at the Young Israel of New Rochelle (1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle).

One of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's most trusted aides, Ambassador Rabinovich will provide an insider's view of Mideast politics and share personal insights on Rabin. Participants will receive a signed copy of his just released book, Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman.  Couvert is $36 per person. To register:  http://www.ujafedny.org/yinr-dessert-reception/ or contact Susan Scharf Glick at 385-2120.  

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ROBERT KLEIN COMES TO WESTCHESTER! - SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 8:00 PM
One of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time is coming to the neighborhood. Robert Klein will be appearing at Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff on Sunday evening, April 2. Click here for program and reservation information.
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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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CONNECT TO CARE INITIATIVE

Click here for complete program details.

 

Connect to Care at Westchester Jewish Community Services is a multi-faceted approach to helping those in the Westchester Jewish community that are affected by economic crisis.  The staff at Connect to Care will help you maximize your chances for success in your career search.  At the Center there are workstations with computer/internet access, copier and fax machines, and a lounge available for informal networking.  

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Spring Book Fair
Haggadah Workshop
Shaharit Lecture Series
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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 Rachel Jurisz 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 Rachel Jurisz.

- 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.