We will send a community e-mail out on
morning, March 9, regarding the status of activities at TIC for the weekend.
Shabbat Vayyakhel-Pekudei / Shabbat Parah
Friday, March 9
Shabbat Candle Lighting
5:50 pm: Minhah services in the Milstein Sanctuary
Saturday, March 10
8:00 am: Theology on Shabbat
Shabbat Services in the Milstein Sanctuary
Bat Mitzvah: Ellena Amidor
Bat Mitzvah: Maya Glick
Baby Naming: Daughter of Matthew and Allison Fisher
Ruah on Shabbat (for children grades 3-5)
10:45 am: Simhat Shabbat (for children grades K-2 and their parents)
11:00 am: Tot Shabbat in Tot Shabbat room
12:00 pm: Kiddush in Reception Halls
5:55 pm: Minhah Services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel
Tonight 3/8/18: Class will be held at the home of Rabbi Tucker beginning at 8:30 pm
THE NIGHT OF LEARNING IN B'NAI B'RAK:
A PRELUDE FOR PASSOVER
Rabbi Tucker will take us through a reworking of the story, familiar from the Haggadah, of our Sages' all-night study session. It will be based on a fascinating reimagining of the event by Yochi Brandes, in her book "Akiva's Orchard," and on the rabbinic texts that underlie her work.
This mini-series will meet on Thursdays, March 8 and 15
Tonight: 23rd Annual Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony
The location for the
Julian Y. Bernstein DS Awards Ceremony on
Thursday March 8, 2018
has been changed to:
Jewish Community Center of Harrison
The ceremony will begin as scheduled at 7:30 pm.
Please consider carpooling as parking is limited.
We look forward to seeing you this Thursday evening.
If you have any questions, please contact
Donna Bartell at
Westchester Jewish Council
Message From the Rabbi Search Committee
Senior Rabbi candidate Rabbi Rachel Kobrin has completed her visit to the community. We were happy to see such a great turnout at last weekend's events. Thank you to all who attended.
Your input in the Rabbi Search process is critical. If you attended any of last weekend's events, we ask that you complete a short survey to provide your feedback to the Rabbi Search Committee. The survey should take about 10 minutes. Please complete it in its entirety and note that more than one adult in each household can participate.
The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 13.
Please click this
to begin the survey:
We very much want to hear from you and thank you in advance for your participation.
Daylight Saving Time Starts
Don't forget to spring ahead! Clocks move forward one hour.
The Haggadah seems to give a lot of attention to the 10 plagues, evoking a wide range of reactions in modern times. Do you have "yucky" toys for kids at your Seder table? Does the custom of naming each disaster by name make you want to laugh or cry, feel proud or deny? Join us for an hour of text study and discussion on the 10 plagues.
Sunday, March 11, 10:30-11:30 am in the TIC library
Please note: In the event of continued power and heat problems at TIC, the class may be moved to Rabbi Shargel's residence
This Sunday: DESIGNER GENES: WHAT'S THE DRESS CODE?
The ability to manipulate human genes directly is now well established. This raises both exciting applications and deep ethical issues. Please join us for a special event in our Scientists in Synagogues program (supported by "Sinai and Synapses"), featuring a pair of experts in two major aspects of gene engineering. Dr. Richard Sherwood of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School will present the "eyebrow-raising" science, and Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Rabbinical School Dean at Jewish Theological Seminary, will address the ethical issues. Come and get engaged in a fascinating discussion of the medical possibilities and the criteria to consider in choosing among them. View flyer here.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Reception Hall 1
CELEBRATE A SEDER IN A TIC MEMBER'S HOME
Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31
DO YOU NEED A PLACE FOR SEDER?
Let us know how many in your family, and we will match you with a host.
DO YOU HAVE EXTRA ROOM AT YOUR PASSOVER TABLE?
Let us know how many guests you can accommodate, and we will match you up.
is pleased to provide members the opportunity to share the joy of a Passover Seder with other members of the TIC community. Our best wishes for a zissen Pesah to you and your family - from the TIConnect Committee.
This Monday: Pre-Pesa
h learning session with Dr. Josh Kulp,
Rosh Yeshiva & Co-Founder of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem
Starving at the Seder: What's Up with the Parsley?
Monday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Offsite (address provided upon registration)
RSVP at synagogue office
Dr. Josh Kulp has taught Talmud and halakhah for the last 20 years. He is the author of the recently published book Reconstructing the Talmud (Mechon Hadar, 2014) as well as the The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary (Schechter Press, 2008).
Spring Book Fair
Wednesday, March 14th - Sunday, March 18th
Refresh your home library! Help build our school and Shabbat libraries!
Children's Books * Graphic Novels * Cookbooks * Novelties * New Releases * Judaica for Children & Adults (including Haggadot)
- Book talk and challah braiding demonstration with Shannon Sarna, author of Modern Jewish Baker, Friday, March 16 at 10:30 am.
- Book event for Princesses Wear Pants with Allison Oppenheim, for all pre-K children, siblings and their families, Sunday March 18 from 9:30 am.
- Book talk by TIC member and parent Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat: Strategies for Solving the Real Parenting Problems,
Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 pm.
View schedule and featured events on flyer here.
News from the Hesed Circle:
Pre-Shabbat Home Visit Friday March 16th and Pre-Pesah Home Visit Wednesday March 28th
If you would like a TIC member to visit you either afternoon, or both, for friendly conversation and Shabbat or Pesah greetings, please call Susan Galla in the synagogue office at 914-938-2800, x 112 by March 12.
We are also providing rides to TIC for members who have driving limitations and cannot come to services, classes or programs without transportation assistance. Contact Susan Galla if you are interested in this as well.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Senior Connect committee, Hesed Circle
Save the dates: A Message from the Rabbi Search Committee
We are pleased to announce that the Rabbi Search Committee has invited 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 the next visit is scheduled for the following Shabbat weekend:
March 17 - Rabbi Noah Farkas
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 at the next scheduled Shabbat weekend. We also thank those families who are celebrating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah on these weekends for making space for these very important candidate visits.
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
for our Camp brochure. Click
for our Camp registration packet.
Babies & Bagels:
How to Create Quality Time with your kids
Tuesday, March 6, 9:15-10:30 am
Connect with other parents of young babies while learning from this month's specialist:
, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Free and open to all. Coffee and bagels will be served. View flyer
Toddler & Me Wednesdays, 9:15-10:30 am, through 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, 10:30-11:30 am, through 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,
or call 914-948-2800, x126. For registration information, click
HAVURAT TORAH NEWS
In the event of a weather-related closing:
On Sundays, the decision to close
Shorashim will be made by 7:00 am. On weekdays,
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
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.
(please read until the end for important community information)
/Torah story, comes from the Book of
/Exodus, and is called, Vayakhel-Pekudei
to learn more about it.
Book Fair Coming to Shorashim
Wednesday, March 14-Sunday, March 18
We're looking for Volunteers! We need you! To volunteer sign up here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children in all grades will be visiting the book fair so please consider sending your child with money to purchase books and help support our schools!
Book Fair Visitation Schedule:
Wednesday, March 14
4:10-4:25 6th Grade
4:35-4:50 5th Grade
4:55-5:10 4th Grade
5:15-5:35 3rd Grade
Thursday, March 15
4:10-4:25 5th and 6th Grade
4:35-4:50 3rd Grade
4:55-5:10 4th Grade
5:15-5:35 2nd Grade
Sunday, March 18
10:00-10:20 1st Grade Mariel
10:30-10:50 1st Grade Jo
11:00-11:20 2nd Grade
We are excited and looking forward to another successful book fair!
Book Fair Featured Event
TIC member, parent and author Naomi Schaefer Riley will speak about her new book "Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat: Strategies for Solving the Real Parenting Problems." The PTO Book Fair will sell her book at the book fair on Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 pm.
Details of other featured events coming soon.
3rd Grade Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, March 16
5:50 pm Kabbalat Shabbat services
7:00 pm Dinner
Reception Halls 2&3
RSVP's required, please do so by March 9.
Come celebrate the culmination of our
Shorashim Kitah Gimel
/Third Grade unit of learning "Experiment with Shabbat, Experience Shabbat." View flyer
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.
Third Fridays: March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th.
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
The learning space across from the library
6th Grade Trip to Schaeffer Extended Care Center
Sunday, March 11
Sixth Grade Social Action Trip to the Schaffer Extended Care Center in New Rochelle
(This trip is in lieu of regular Shorashim classes for the 6th grade)
Learners should arrive as usual at 9:00 am
Leaving TIC at
Return for regular dismissal at 11:30 am
2nd Grade Siddur Cover Workshop
Sunday, March 18
Join Lisa in Reception Hall #2 where you will decorate a siddur cover and write a personal message to be given to your child with the siddur that will be presented to each at the Kitah Bet (2nd
grade) Kabbalat Ha
-siddur/Siddur Ceremony on April 22.
6th Grade Project Hope Offsite Family Community Service Event
Sunday, March 18
Help deliver Passover packages to homebound, poor and isolated elderly in Co Op City.
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.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade PACT (Parents and Children Together)
Sunday, March 25
Reception Hall #2
Join us for a morning of learning and activities related to the topic of derekh eretz, "doing the right thing"
10:30-11:00 am - Parent learning session with Rabbi Ari Isenberg-Grezeda that parallels that day's teachings taking place in the learning spaces.
11:00 am - Learners join their parents for a project.
Check out what we're offering for the spring semester (click on the links below).
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.
Register now. We are eager to welcome
into our learning community!
YOUTH and FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Canceled: Shabbat Experience
for all 6th Grade Families
March 9-10, 2018
9:30 am-2:00 pm: A special Shabbat service for 6th Graders & families, lunch, and an outdoor adventure.
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
RESCHEDULED to Wednesday
The bookclub is reading the novel, The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer.
April 27-29, 2018 | 13-14 Iyyar 5778
Join TIC for a Weekend of Celebration & Appreciation
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.
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
of every month.
Third Fridays: March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th.
5:15pm - 5:45pm
The learning space across from the library
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
To register, email email@example.com or call 914-948-2800, ext. 121.
Fridays at 7:50 am in Room 21
Upcoming classes in 2018:
April 13, 27,
May 11, 25,
June 8, 22
Israel Action Committee - Eric Mandel Event
Dr. Eric Mandel has returned from his annual seminar in Israel, and will speak at
Hebrew Institute on Sunday morning, March 18 - bagels/coffee at 9:30
and presentation at 10:00.
His topic this year is
"Israel 2018: The Iranian Northern Frontier, The Future of the JCPOA, and Israel's Arab Citizens."
This promises to be another stimulating and highly educational event. Admission is free. View flyer
March for Our Lives Westchester County
March 24, 2018
Students in Westchester County ask everyone to join in the March For Our Lives of Westchester County, to express solidarity for ending gun violence and school shootings. This is a non-partisan, student-led event to raise awareness and spark change surrounding firearm legislation in the United States. Parallel marches nationwide have gathered enormous attention across the country. Please come with your friends, family, classmates, and peers.
The march begins in White Plains on Saturday March 24
at 1:00 PM at the Post Road School, and ends at the MLK Monument by the County Courthouse.
The mission is to demand that effective legislation be introduced in Congress to address gun violence and school safety issues. The timing of the march has been sensitively set to enable the Jewish community to attend. View flyer here.
Decoding the Tablecloth
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Commemorating
Bendheim Performing Arts Center at the Scarsdale JCC
999 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Proceeds will benefit the Group Foundation for advancing Mental Healthand the scholarship fund of the Westchester Group Psychotherapy Society
The Westchester Group Psychotherapy Society and Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health are co-sponsoring a theatrical event at the JCC that illuminates the value of psychotherapy in processing family trauma. The performance entitled "Decoding the Tablecloth" is a one woman family memoir written and performed by Gabriela Kohen, and it explores the impact of trauma over five generations of Kohen's family, and also her experiences as an immigrant girl growing up Jewish and Latina in New York. From pre-Holocaust Poland to the tango halls of Argentina, to disco-era Brooklyn, Gabriela portrays over 20 characters as she weaves her family's struggles to belong to their unique cultural identity.
For more details please see flyer here.
Polyphony Quartet Concert: Building Bridges Between Arab and Jewish Youth
Sunday, April 15, 7:00 PM
Bet Am Shalom Synagogue
Join us as a quartet of Arab and Jewish high school age musicians, under the baton of Polyphony co-founder Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, treat us to a performance of classical music.
helps bridge the divide and foster a more civil society by bringing together Arab and Jewish children in Israel, through music. They provide music education opportunities for young Israelis from all backgrounds.
Today, Polyphony is the fastest-growing music program in Israel, supported by popular international musicians like David Broza, Branford Marsalis, Ian Anderson, Zubin Mehta and Renée Fleming.
Details on purchasing tickets to follow.
Sponsored by Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, Hebrew Institute of White Plains, Congregation Kol Ami, Temple Israel Center and Westchester Jewish Council
Westchester celebrates Israel@70
April 15, 2018
555 W. Hartsdale Avenue
White Plains, NY 10530
Israel@70: The Dream and the Reality of a Modern Jewish State
UJA-Federation and Temple Israel Center invite you to join us:
April 21 at 9:00 pm
Young Israel of New Rochelle
"Israel@70: The Dream and the Reality of a Modern Jewish State" with Rav Binyamin "Benny" Lau, a noted Israeli author, scholar and social justice activist, Rav Lau will explore challenges and opportunities that Israel's founders couldn't imagine a modern Jewish nation must face. TIC is one of 14 synagogues welcoming Rav Lau to Westchester.
Looking forward to greeting you there.
Brotherhood: Chavayrim Kol Yisrael Awards Luncheon:
Join Brotherhood on the afternoon of
Marc J. Berman
will be honored as our
MAN OF THE YEAR at the 15th Annual Chavayrim Kol Yisrael Awards Luncheon of the HUDSON VALLEY REGION of the FEDERATION OF JEWISH MEN'S CLUBS at TEMPLE SINAI in Middletown, NY.
All reservations and journal ads must be purchased online at
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,
We 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 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
The Hesed Circle
Bikkur Holim * Senior Connect * Shiva Support
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.
to view the Winter 2017 update, and
to make a donation.
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
To join the committee in its work, please contact Michelle Steinhart or Robin Friedman at
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.
Linda Lieberman at 914-472-3626. We play year-round, except for holidays and when the synagogue is closed.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.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
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.
are great fun at TIC! For gym or room rental details, email
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with the TIC community. Email
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s'mahot, or call her at 914-948-2800 x112.