October 11, 2017 
Erev Shemini Atzeret
Wednesday, October 11
6:00 pm:  Candle Lighting
6:00 pm:  Shemini Atzeret evening services

Shemini Atzeret and Erev Simhat Torah
Thursday, October 12
6:45 am: Early Yizkor service
8:45 am:  Festival services
10:30 am: Yizkor service (babysitting is available at 10:30 in Room B)
12:00 pm: Kiddush in the Reception Halls
6:00 pm:  Minhah and Simhat Torah evening services followed by Hakafot (dancing with the Torah) 
No earlier than 6:55 pm:  Candle Lighting

Simhat Torah
Ziva Freiman Katz, Kallat HaTorah
Jenny Simon Tabak, Kallat Bereshit
Parashat Bereshit
Friday, October 13
8:45 am:  Festival services
11:30 am: Babysitting and games are available in the Lower Level Conference Room
1:00 pm:  Kiddush in the Reception Halls
No later than 5:57 pm:  Candle Lighting
6:00 pm:  Minhah/Ma'ariv Services Reception Hall 3 

Saturday, October 14
8:00 am:  Theology on Shabbat 
9:00 am:  Shabbat Services in the Milstein Sanctuary 
Bar Mitzvah: Aaron Freedland 
10:15 am:  Teen Minyan brunch Room 21 followed by service at 10:45 in Irene Schwebel Chapel
10:45 am:  Sim h at Shabbat in Room D/E 
10:45 am:  Ruah on Shabbat in the Lower Level Conference Room
11:00 am:  Tot Shabbat in Tot Shabbat room
12:00 pm: Kiddush in the Reception Halls
12:45 pm: Mishnah for Teens with Rabbinic Intern Louis Polisson
  6:15 pm:   Minhah Services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel

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.


October 12, 2017
For those who have already signed up: Dinner is at 5:15 pm followed by a Torah scavenger hunt for kids and families at 6:00 pm

Registration for this event is now closed. If you were unable to sign up for this event you can join the clergy in the Milstein Sanctuary at 6:00 pm for the service followed by Hakafot (dancing with the Torah).
Upcoming Programs:

Topics In Jewish Ethics
This mini-series will focus on a study and discussion of three broad topics in Jewish ethics: (1) privacy and confidentiality (in an era in which they are threatened); (2) the mutual obligations of parents and children to each other; and (3) the treatment of end-of-life issues.
Join Rabbi Gordon Tucker on these Thursdays:
October 19, November 2, 16  
8:15 PM

Basic Hebrew Crash Course with Rabbinic Intern Louis Polisson
Mondays, October 16 through November 20, 8:15-9:15 pm. 
For more info and to register please send an e-mail to: l.polisoon@templeisraelcenter.org

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.

Wednesdays, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 and 29, December 6 
10:30 am-12 noon. $100 fee.

View flyer here.

TIC Adults on the Move
A new initiative of the TIC Membership Committee

Join us for a day trip to the Jacob Burns Film Center to see the Movie "Bernie." 
For TIC members only.

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 10:15 am - 3:45 pm
Cost: $30 includes lunch, bus, movie, snack and discussion

View flyer here. Sign up online here.
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.

November 3  Noah Lederman A World Erased
December 1  Sana Krasikov The Patriots
January 5  Noah Isenberg We'll Always Have Casablanca
February 2  Dara Horn Eternal Life

The first Friday event is on November 3. If you sign up for all four dinners by October 15 you will be entered to win great Judaica prizes in our raffle! Sign up  here.

If you want to sign up for the November 3 as a single event, sign up here.

Brotherhood Planning Meeting 

Brotherhood will hold an Executive Committee meeting open to all to discuss programs and events for 2017-2018.


Please come to Reception Room I
Monday, October 16 at 7:00 PM and express your views.

A light supper will be served,  and your RSVP is necessary  so that we can order sufficient food. View flyer here. RSVP to Harold or Jack at email addresses below.

Harold Nissen
914 723 4533

Jack Pollowitz
914 723 8802
Introducing the Hesed Circle 

As we roll out our Hesed Circle, we will be focusing on three areas of need in our community: Bikkur Holim (visiting the sick), Senior Connect (honoring and supporting the most senior members of our community), and Shiva Support (comforting bereaved members). Each group will focus on a few key goals for the coming year and we invite you to join any or all of these initiatives.

Please sign up for one or more groups

Need Support?
Contact Susan Galla in the synagogue office
(all communication is confidential)
email Susan at s.galla@templeisraelcenter.org
or call Susan at 914-948-2800 ext. 112

Is not this the fast that I have chosen
To undo the bands of the yoke...
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry...
That thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house
And when you see the naked to clothe him?
Isaiah 58:6-7
For a lot of our neighbors here in Westchester a steady income, a place of their own and nourishing reliable meals are a dream right now. Children are living in shelters. The old and the young are going to food pantries for groceries. More people than ever are numbered among the working poor in our county.
This is one crisis we can do something about.
If every family and individual member of TIC writes a check for the amount of money we would have spent on meals if Yom Kippur had been an ordinary day, we can turn our fast into a safe haven for kids, meals and shelter for the neediest, care for the homebound and housing loans for our neighbors.
We will use your money effectively. We have no overhead except the postage for this letter. We direct your donations to local agencies where they will do the most good in the most direct way.
Please make your check payable to Temple Israel Center, mark it "HELP FOR THE HOMELESS" and mail it to TIC.
We wish you and yours an easy and fruitful fast and a year of peace, health and happiness.
Beth Rosen and Sue Thau
Fund for the Hungry and Homeless
The Great Big Challah Bake at Temple Israel Center
Be part of The Shabbat Project! Have fun preparing Challah and doing a Mitzvah alongside 1,000+ cities worldwide, with a community-wide Challah Bake. All adults and children over 10 are welcome! Bring canned food to benefit the Bronx Jewish Community Council Food Bank.
Ingredients and instructions will be provided.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
@ Temple Israel Center of White Plains (280 Old Mamaroneck Rd., White Plains)
Registration 7:00pm - Challah Bake will start promptly at 7:30pm-9:00pm.
Tickets: $36 adults, children (10 and over) $18

View flyer here for details, or go to website.
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

October 20*,  November 3, 17,  December 1, 15*,  January 5, 19 ,  February 2, 16*, 
March 2, 16 ,  April 13, 27,  May 11, 25,  June 8, 22

*8:00 am start time

Upcoming Events:

Toddler & Me Wednesdays, 9:15-10:30am, Oct 18-Jan 31
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, Oct 20-Feb 2
Hear stories, sing songs and celebrate Shabbat together.  For children ages 3 and under and their caregiver. View flyer here.
Babies & Bagels, Tuesday, November 7, 9:15-10:30am
Connect with other parents of young babies while enjoying music with Rabbi Shargel, TIC's Ritual Director and former Musical Munchkins teacher.  Free and open to all.  Coffee and bagels will be served. View flyer here.

Click here  to support the Nursery School every time you shop on Amazon.com.

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.


Updates and Reminders:

Wednesday, October 11, Erev Shemini Atzeret 
  • Shorashim, Havurat Torah and Education offices are closed 
Thursday, October 12, Erev Simhat Torah
  • In celebration of Simhat Torah, Shorashim only will be in session from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, followed by TIC holiday festivities. View flyer here for details. Registration is mandatory and is now closed for this event.

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 
Havurat Torah resumes Wednesday, October 18th.
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. 

Check out what we're offering (click on the links below) and plan to join us on
October 18, at 6:30 pm.   

Torah Offerings for 5778 (2017-2018):

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!

Night of Learning and Celebration   

Rabbis from throughout Westchester will be teaching at the upcoming Night of Learning and Celebration. The event will be held on Saturday, November 18th at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle.  Registration will start at 7p.m. The sessions will begin at 7:30 and they will each be one hour long.

This is an opportunity for the Jewish community of Westchester to gather together for a little learning and a lot of fun.  This year's  Night of Jewish Learning and Celebration will offer 30 courses with diverse topics sure to interest everyone.    After 2 sessions of teaching, we will all meet in the ballroom for a kosher dairy dessert celebration  and music. This year we are very lucky to have Kaskeset - the Binghamton University Jewish A Capella group.    

This year, participants are able to sign up and pay in advance on-line, by going to our website at www.wjcouncil.org.  Please encourage your congregants to register in advance.   The price will go from $20 to $25 after November 10th. View flyer here.
FIDF Annual Westchester Gala 
Join us on Thursday October 26th as we pay tribute to the brave defenders of Israel.  Come to the FIDF Westchester Annual Dinner and join the inner circle.  Guest speaker, Lior Raz,  lead-actor and co-writer of hit series Fauda, will give us an exclusive glimpse into the life of an undercover IDF operative. Stories like Lior's remind us of the extreme sacrifices that the men and women of the IDF make to ensure the safety of Israel and Jews worldwide. View flyer here.
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 .

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.


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.



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.     


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.
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 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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Send feedback about the FB page to our administrator,  Robin Arzt

TIC's hashtag, #TICtogether, is another great way to connect on social media. Remember to use it when you share information about all of TIC's great happenings!
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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
- 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.