Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island
315 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
Rabbi Michael D. Howald                     Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Co-Presidents Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
E-Shalom - JULY 2018
Temple Israel’s New Electronic Bulletin
“Shalom, Welcome to Temple Israel....” is a phrase taught to us by Carole Lachman, a beloved, long-time congregant and bulletin editor who died in 2002. We named our bulletin in her honor and worked to realize her vision of Temple Israel as a community that welcomes the stranger and lets no one stand alone. As we move to a new version of this tradition of communicating with our Temple Israel family, we continue to forward Carole’s vision, love and devotion for our synagogue.
A Message from
Rabbi Michael D. Howald
As the summer begins, we return once again to the Book of Numbers. In this Book, known in Jewish tradition as “Bemidbar”--“In the desert wilderness”-- the people of Israel, still fleeing from the Iron furnace of slavery in Egypt, continue to wander in the inhospitable desert country on their way to the Promised Land.  On their way, they repeatedly ask the nations through which they wander to let them cross their borders to reach their destination.  Each nation, in turn, refuses them passage.  Edom refuses to let them pass. The Canaanites’, too, refuse to let the Israelites to cross their land, even to drink their water. The kings of the Amorites and of Bashan, also bar the way forward for the Israelites by harsh decree and cruel war.
            Denied passage by the hostility of human sovereigns, Moses calls upon the God of Israel for divine advice and aid. In response, God gives into the hand of Israelites all those nations that stood at the border of their land to deny them passage.  The Canaanites fall by the very sword they raised against Israel. Sihon, king of the Amorites, dies in battle against the Israelites as does Og, the king of Bashan, who both decreed that the Israelites would not cross safely into their land. By the end of the Book of Numbers, in fact, we discover that the Ruler of heaven and earth has little regard for man-made borders and boundaries that impede the progress of the Israelites toward the Promised Land.
            Regardless of the historicity of the desert wanderings, the Book of Numbers provides important insights into the current debate over immigration in this country. The God and prophets of Israel care little about artificial lines drawn in earth and sand, even by kings and queens of mighty nations. We may have elevated the nation state into an object of worship that equals, if not transcends, our religious and moral principle but the Hebrew Bible regards the laws of human sovereignty as mortal fictions subordinate to the laws of the God of Heaven and Earth. Yeshayahu Liebowitz, once the moral and philosophical conscience of Israel before his death in 1994 maintained that under Jewish law the state, as such, has no religious value and no defense or restoration of borders has religious significance in the faith of Israel. States may accomplish political ends, they may provide safety and satisfy the demand for freedom from domination from others by they remain secular institutions devoted to secular purposes. No king, from Saul, the first king of Israel, to Jehoiachin, the last king of Judah, could ever claim their decrees and laws were automatically endorsed by God and above the laws and principles set forth in the texts and traditions of Israel.
            The Hebrew Bible is filled with passages that describe borders, not as barriers to entry but as places of transition from one status to another. The children of Israel crossed desert and stream, and they cared little whether one campsite was claimed by the king of the Amorites or another was claimed by lords of Bashan. The God of Israel vindicates this outlook by systematically punishing each nation that denies the Israelites passage on their way to the Promised Land.
            The Israelites were sojourners, strangers in the land of Egypt and the God of Israelites commanded them to eternally remember this experience of exclusion in all their days thereafter. Befriend the stranger, God commands, the one who sojourns to a land not their own, because you remember how it felt to be enslaved, caged and restricted in the land of bondage. Welcome the one who seeks to cross your border because so many denied you permission to cross their borders on your long journey to the land promised to your ancestors. Never forget, the Book of Deuteronomy adds, those who attacked your women and children on the way to your place of final refuge for they have disregarded the fundamental rules of decency which govern even the affairs of sovereigns in their protection of their secular borders.
            From the standpoint of the theology of the Book of Numbers, it matters not one whit whether the zero tolerance of sojourners at the borders of Edom or Bashan were the established policy of the current sovereign or the old policy of the previous one. It is also irrelevant that the King of Canaanites may have been seeking to implement the earthly goals of his royal administration in seeking to exclude the Israelites from his borders. The foundational story of our enslavement in Egypt, and our passage across borders to the Promised Land, reminds us by both narrative and stricture to empathize with those who take to the road to seek a better life and to act with decency and kindness toward those we encounter on their way. Taking children away from parents because they cross a line in the earth, continuing to separate children from their parents to deter by spectacle of cruelty others who may seek to pass over, may fulfill the goals of an earthly administration but the Book of Numbers teaches us that they violate the principles of our faith.
Rabbi Michael Howald
A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

It is with great pleasure and an understanding of the importance to Temple Israel that we assume the Co-Presidency for the coming year.

We are extremely grateful to Bryn Biren who has guided our congregation for the past four years with an even hand and a genuine caring for our congregants. The path has been defined for the new leadership to follow.

The focus for the coming year will be retaining and strengthening our membership base.  We will be reaching out to the community-at-large to join our congregation as new members who wish to maintain their Jewish identity and allow our Temple to meet their religious needs.  Moreover, we are grateful for the efforts of the Avis Foundation as it encourages young families to align themselves with the only Reform Congregation on Staten Island. Having these families join us will help to ensure a healthy future for Temple Israel.  It is important to remember that as we accept our new congregants, we continue to accept the responsibilities of being welcoming and inclusive.  We will need your help to make all of our new members feel ‘at home’ and assist them in taking advantage of the many activities and opportunities that we offer. Sisterhood and Brotherhood provide a complimentary first year’s membership for new members and will encourage them to join our Temple family by attending monthly meetings.  Please join us in welcoming our new members at every possible opportunity.

And now, for our veteran members...  You are needed, not only to support all our wonderful activities and initiatives, but as participants in our weekly Shabbat services, where our exceptional clergy, Rabbi Michael Howald, and, starting in September our new Student Cantor, Jennifer Benrey, will be leading us in prayer and providing uplifting musical inspiration.  And please don’t forget that, throughout the Summer, services will take place in a more-informal setting as we build toward Selichot and the High Holy Days.

We look forward to greeting you at services and at the many activities that will be taking place throughout the year.  Again, we thank you for your anticipated support.

Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
O n Tuesday, June 12, Sisterhood celebrated another wonderful year at our annual "End of Year Dinner" beautifully organized by Sue Freedman and Fern Barris. As part of the presentations, we continued one of Sisterhood’s newest traditions: “The Presidents’ Awards”. These awards are presented to those Sisterhood members who consistently go above and beyond, and selflessly serve Sisterhood for the benefit of our congregation or our community.

In last year’s inaugural year, we recognized 6 wonderful women, Deanna Feder, Blanche Ricci, Claire Bleiman, Libby Gershansky, Debbie Chernoff, and Linda Hanibal.

We are happy to continue this new tradition this year by recognizing those of our members who have made significant contributions to  Sisterhood this year.  Each of them was presented with a framed print from the Proudly Jewish Series from Voices & Visions .  Each print contains a powerful quote and beautiful image, which symbolizes the contributions and special values that each of our recipients represents. We are happy to share the presentations with you here.
In order to communicate meaning, letters must be combined with other letters to make the most basic words.  Forget just one letter and you’ve misspelled a word.  In today’s world, just try sending an e-mail with one wrong letter in the address. It will never get there.  

Benjamin Mandelstamm was a 19 th century political reformist who organized Jews to resist the Russian oppression.  He understood that revolutions require more than one person and that the collective voice is always stronger than a voice alone.

He said, “A human being is like a letter of the alphabet; to produce a word, it must combine with another”. He understood that the collective voice is always stronger than a voice alone. In isolation, we can work, create, and inspire others and even though the letter I may stand alone, it is more powerful when it is combined with other letters. Like the letters in words, together we can communicate to build and shape a culture.

For setting a new standard for Sisterhood communications,  bringing them to a new level of creativity and accuracy and for helping to establish Sisterhood’s  collective voice, this award goes to Corresponding Secretary FERN BARRIS.
In Jewish life, we look for religious satisfaction, insight, truth and closeness to God not in solitary moments, but in times we engage with others.  Our tradition teaches us that human relationships and shared responsibility are the keys to meaningful experiences. Basically, we need each other.  In Deuteronomy it states, “A Community is too heavy to carry alone.”  If we are alone, we have no one to serve as models for us.  It is when we build with others and learn from them, our tradition says, that the presence of God dwells in our midst.  

For consistently inviting us to our regular Shabbat Oneg experiences and reminding us that we need each other in order to enrich our Sisterhood community, this award is presented to TERRY BAVER.
The word “hero” comes from the Greek word “heros” which means a demigod, a larger-than-life superhero who has extraordinary strength. But on this print, Benjamin Cardozo encourages us to think of the word’s Latin origins; to be a hero is to protect, defend or save others even by performing ordinary everyday acts with extraordinary dedication.

Cardozo turns our attention to the people who do the jobs that get no “drums or trumpets…..or to the “invisible heroes”.   Our next award winner is always there, taking the initiative when there is a job that no one else even realizes needs to be done  or accepting the responsibility for the job no one really wants to do….things like washing and counting every piece of new silverware or making sure there is always grape juice.  For always thinking ahead, being willing and being a constant support, we present this Presidents’ Award to KAREN GROSS.
The Ball Shem Tov tells us “From every human being there rises a light”.
He is considered by many to be the founder of the Chasidic movement and was associated with many good works, miracles and influential teachings.  His name literally means the “owner of a good name”. His mystical observations on the power of light invite each of us to discover the light within and to grow and share it.  We bring more light into the world when we serve as ambassadors of our own traditions. For serving as our extraordinary Vice President of Membership and serving as an ambassador for Sisterhood to all members of our congregation, new and not so new, this award goes to SUE FREEDMAN.
Judaism teaches us that life is dynamic and growing. The world is infinite, evolving, and as yet, unfinished.  Therefore, what we know today is only a fraction of what there is to know. Whatever knowledge and wisdom we have, there will always be new things to learn.  Also, what may be wise in one situation, could be foolish in another. Wisdom is a process. 

In Pirke Avot, Ben-Zoma says “Who is wise?  One who learns from all people.  Who is honored? One who honors everyone.” 

Wise people know how much they do not know.  They develop understanding by listening to and learning from others.  

Who is honored?  One who honors others.  Like happiness, honor is often the outcome of a process that involves others.  The best way to obtain happiness is to give it to others.

For bringing goodness into the world, working constructively and always giving honor to others through the multitude of her Sisterhood responsibilities, this award goes to NINA ROHAN.
Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Jewish philosopher who was raised as a traditional Jew, but left that world for a more secular academic world.  When the Nazis came to power, he was forbidden from teaching and in 1938 he moved to Jerusalem where he lived until his death in 1965.

Probably because of his own life’s journeys, he believed that “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware”.

When God commands Abraham to leave his birthplace and the land of his forefathers and embark on a journey, it sends the message to all Jews that life itself is a journey…we are always on the move, leaving something and heading to something else.

The journey of our next Presidents’ Awardee brought her to Temple Israel and to Sisterhood only a short time ago, but she has managed to forge her own path within our organization. Willing to be involved and to jump in when help is needed, we are sure that she was unaware that her journey would lead her to becoming an officer in Sisterhood so quickly, but we are so happy to welcome her to next year’s Executive Board.  This award goes to JUDY LEE.
At first glance, it’s hard to believe that Albert Einstein, the ultimate man of knowledge, once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.  

Yet when you think about it, it’s clear that knowledge, comprised of facts and data, is finite, while imagination is limitless.  Imagination allows us to take chances and risks.  And even though taking risks comes with the possibility of failure, the greatest success stories come from those who take those risks and follow their imagination.  For her creativity and willingness to always introduce new ideas and activities into Sisterhood’s fundraising events which never result in failures, we present this Presidents’ Award to CLAIRE GUTTSMAN.
We have all heard the story about the man who watched as an old man planted a carob tree. He asked the man how long it would take until the carob tree bore fruit.  The man answered, “70 years.”
The first man asked if he thought it would live 70 more years. 

And it is to this challenge that the old man answered with words that apply to every generation ….”My ancestors planted for me.  Likewise, I am planting for my children.”

In other words, does it really make sense to work at a task that cannot possibly benefit you in any way?  Why bother paying attention to things that really don’t directly affect or apply to you.

For years, our next award winner has been paying attention to Sisterhood, even to the point of reminding your own sometimes forgetful Sisterhood presidents to promote and advertise Sisterhood events and activities.  This individual was concerned with the nurturing of our organization long before our “Friends of Sisterhood” membership category was established and is fully deserving of the very first Presidents’ Award to a Friend of Sisterhood.  This print with the quote from the Talmud, “I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me.  Likewise, I am planting for my children”  goes to LARRY HANIBAL. 
We are grateful to each and every Sisterhood Member and Friend of Sisterhood for your participation and support. We look forward to another wonderful year.

In Sisterhood,
Shariann Ganz & Jodi Siegel

Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
Our Paid up Breakfast was held on June 3 and we had a large turnout, good conversation and friendship was abound.  Our end of year Men’s Night Out was held June 20 at  at Café Bella Vita in Dongan Hills. It was a time to celebrate our accomplishments over this past year.  

As our year came to a close I gave my thanks to each and every Brotherhood member for participating in making this year a great one.

Our annual Brotherhood BBQ takes place July 15 at 4:00 at the Temple. Flyers have been sent out and are also available through the link in this E- Shalom Bulletin.

Summer is a time to relax and reenergize ourselves for the coming year. I look forward to another successful year

Brotherhood is a vital affiliate organization to the Temple and I strongly ask that everyone become a member. We hold monthly meetings to take care of business, but more importantly to offer a bonding experience with your fellow men of the Temple Family. 

Please share your ideas with us to enhance the Brotherhood experience….

Yours in Friendship and Brotherhood,
Jeff Ganz

JULY 2018
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Mazel Tov
To this year’s GALA HONOREES: The Adult Choir and Accompanists, Claire Bleiman, Karen & Joe Gamoran and Blanche Ricci

All this year’s graduates.

To Cantor Elizabeth Flynn on her new position at Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, Delaware, with gratitude for her years of service.

To our outgoing and incoming Temple, Brotherhood and Sisterhood Boards for your service and dedication to Temple Israel, with special thanks to outgoing President Bryn Biren.

To Linda and Jerry Mulnick as they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Mazel Tov to the Blackman/Hershenson and Lacagnino familes on the marriage of Alixandra and Lawrence.

To Jay and Karen Wolff Duskin and the entire Duskin Family on the loss of his brother, Sanford Duskin.

Get Well
 To Laura Glatt, recovering from a stroke.
 To Nina Rohan, recovering from foot surgery. 
To Karen Frey Gamoran recovering from a cardiac procedure..

During the month of June, the new Executive Officers and Boards of Temple Israel, Sisterhood and Brotherhood for 2018-2019 took office.
We are grateful to all those who have accepted the responsibilities of leadership in our Congregation and we are grateful to the Nominating Committees for all their hard work.
It is hard to believe we are starting a new year. The membership packets will be going out shortly and it will be time to renew your commitment to Temple Israel.
If you have any questions about your individual commitment please contact me at tmplisrfinsec@aol.com . I am available to review any questions or concerns you might have. 
Don’t forget to complete School Forms for any children attending Religious School and Hebrew School and that Sisterhood and Brotherhood dues require separate checks payable directly to those organizations.
If you are sending in post dated checks please make sure they are dated for the 15th of each month. Please remember that our fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30th.
The High Holidays are early this year so we are hoping to have your commitment arrangements settled so that we may provide your High Holiday tickets in a timely manner.
We urge you to consider becoming a member of the Kavod Society or to upgrade your current status. This additional funding allows us to assist some of our other members .
Looking forward to a wonderful year.
Jennifer Straniere
Financial Secretary 
Please consider becoming a member of our KAVOD SOCIETY.
It helps to make membership available to all our families. Speak to our Financial Secretary to upgrade your membership.

Happy Summer to all! 
The Ritual Committee thanks Jim Rohan for providing musical leadership at the June 1 st Erev Shabbat Service when Cantor Flynn was away for a prior commitment.  Jim will also be providing musical leadership for Erev Shabbat Services during the months of July and August when the Services will be held in the Social Hall. Thank you, Jim!   Please note our new Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey will be joining us for Services starting in September. 
In addition, we thank Jaimie Blackman, Jim Rohan and Cantor Flynn for the Tizmoret  (Orchestra) innovative Erev Shabbat Service of May 25 th

On Saturday July 21 st at 7:00 PM Rabbi Howald will be leading a Tish B’Av Learning Service with the theme “Visions of a Temple Rebuilt”.  The evening will start at 7:00 PM with light refreshments and a Havdalah Service.  Please join us.

As the summer continues the Ritual Committee, along with Rabbi Howald, will continue to plan for the High Holidays.  It is our expectation that this year we will be using the Machzor Mishkan HaNefesh for all High Holy Day Services.  Please watch your E-mail and snail mail for information about High Holy Days and the subsequent Festival Days, as well as information about the annual Memory Book.

Finally, please note the preparatory Service of Selichot will be observed during the Labor Day Weekend on Saturday evening September 1 st .

Jeffrey Ganz and Linda Brill , Co-Chairpersons Ritual Committee

We thank the following congregants for their assistance with ushering during services as well as for honoring the congregation with their presence on the Bimah during the since the last E‑Shalom:

Terry Baver, Bryn Biren, Linda Brill, Deanna Feder, Phyllis Elrich, Susan Freedman, Barbara Fried, Barbara Feigelman, Jeffrey Ganz, Shariann Ganz, Libby Gershansky, Claire Guttsman, Larry Hanibal, Robin Howald, Irwin Magnus, Susan Marks, Sandy Mazzucco, JR Rich, Susan Sappin, Jodi Siegel, Fred Simon, Jennifer Straniere and Philip Straniere.

Nina Rohan , Ushering Chairperson
Jeffrey Ganz and Linda Brill , Co-Chairpersons Ritual Committee
Saturday, July 21st
7:00 p.m.
Light Refreshments, Havdalah Service
and Learning Service
July 6, 2018
Herbert Flaum
Adele Mushnick *
George Curatola
Louis Katzman *
Samuel Greene *
Bernard Jablon *
Peter Prosaw *
Samuel Rubenstein *
Harry Selznick *
Herman Brouse *

And we remember from 
the Holocaust:

July 13, 2018
Julius Holtz *
Gary Fried *
Charles Weissglass *
Leon Berkowicz
Sylvia Schwartz *
Max Davidson *
Sonia Dumont
Jerome Krant *
Esther Lustig *
Leroy Tepper *

And we remember from 
the Holocaust:

July 20, 2018
Jerome Berg *
Lillian Feldman
Shirley Haber
Miriam Blackman
Bill Greenfield
Hyman Snyder
Carl Orland *
Louis Blumenthal *
Alice Rosen *

And we remember from 
the Holocaust:

July 27, 2018
Alter Pisetzner
Betty S. Rothaus *
Steven Martin Cohen
Shirley Haber *
Michael Selig
John Vogelman
William Silverberg *
Estelle Ballow
Bernard Freedman
Marion Brook Simons *
Bessie Topel
Isidore Drucker
Joseph Markowitz
Sidney Morse *

And we remember from 
the Holocaust:
* These names are on our Memorial Wall.
We are sorry if your name was inadvertently omitted. Please contact Lara at the Temple Office to update your membership information.
Friday, July 6
Oneg sponsored in honor of Shabbat in celebration of those celebrating June Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Please join us for all our special summer onegs with home baked goods and personally provided goodies by these very generous Sisterhood members:

7/13: Blanche Ricci, Beverly Mazer
7/20: Pamela Rogozin, Molly Greenspan
7/27: Inez Singer, Deanna Feder
8/10: Pamela J. Carlton,Maxine Cohen
8/24: Nina Rohan, Linda Hanibal
8/31: Sarah Rachel Walters
8/17 is still available! If you would like to share your own baking talents with our congregation on that date, please contact Jodi Siegel at jsiegel23@aol.com .
Birthday, Anniversary, Birth, Engagement, Wedding, Bat/Bar Mitzvah?
CELEBRATE ANY SIMCHA and share your joy with the Congregation at Services on any Friday evening.
Sisterhood will tak e care of everything for you!
To sponsor an oneg, just Contact Sisterhood through the Temple Office (718)727-2231.
The Sisterhood of Temple Israel would like to help you celebrate BIRTHDAYS and ANNIVERSARIES for you and your family.
You can share the joy of Shabbat and your birthday and/or anniversary by helping to sponsor an Oneg Shabbat on the Friday evening when we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries for that month.
In addition to sponsoring the Oneg, the names of those celebrating appear in the Friday night program and celebrants are invited to the Bimah.
A contribution of $10 for birthdays and $18 for anniversaries is suggested to honor your special occasion and help the Temple at the same time.  
Letters are sent out early in the month prior and payment would be appreciated before the first Friday of the month of the celebration. 
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.
First day of Religious School
Important Parent Meeting and Orientation

There will be a mandatory parent orientation meeting on September 9th at 10:15 AM. There will be representatives from the Ritual Committee, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, the School Committee and
the Avis Foundation
to explain expectations and programming
for the coming year.

6:45 p.m
JULY 25th

*Bring all HHD Music

Tikkun Olam, to heal the world, is one of the basic tenets of Reform Judaism.  Therefore, the work of our Social Action Committee is important to us, to identify more closely with our faith, to the community and to show others what is important to us.  There are many activities at Temple Israel that you can take part in to help our community.
BACKPACKS It is that time of year again.  The Children from Head Start, who use our classrooms during the week, have graduated, and thanks to your generous donations have each received a new backpack filled with school supplies to help them begin Public School in September.  The children were thrilled to receive their gifts, many of which thanks to Barbara Tepper’s nose for great buys, were Disney backpacks, at their graduation on June 21 st .  It is such an honor to be able to supply these children with the tools to begin their new school experience on the right foot!!  We wish them all the best in their learning experiences and a happy and healthy life.
FOOD PREPARATIONS During the summer months our Temple social hall is being used by another group which makes it difficult to schedule our usual Food Preparation events.  At this time we do not have any events scheduled for this summer but I hope to try to schedule one for a date during the week and will let you, our wonderful helpers, know when and if that is to take place.  
DIAPERS Did you know that neither WIC nor food stamps cover the cost of baby diapers?  In order to help, we provide packages of diapers to Project Hospitality to be distributed to mothers of infants.  Please buy diapers or make a donation to Social Action to support this cause.
DONATIONS   Of course, none of the things Social Action does could be accomplished without your generous donations.  We have been able to feed thousands of people less fortunate than ourselves and hope to feed thousands mor e,  thanks to you!    We have given hundreds of backpacks to children who might otherwise not received them, and hope to give hundreds more, thanks to you!  We have diapered hundreds of babies helping hundreds of families, and we hope to help hundreds more, thanks to you!  Please help us continue our important work for our community by donating both your time (for food prep events if you are available) and funds.  Thank you so much for your support!

Pamela Rogozin 
Social Action Chair
The Adult Learning Committee is delighted to have the following members, with Cheryl Levine and Judy Pessah as co-chairs—Blanche Ricci, Deanna Feder,  Judy Lee, Linda Brill, Maxine Cohen, Muriel Schlefstein, Pamela Carlton, Pamela Rogozin, Susan Marks. (Gentlemen you are welcome to join us as well.}

A meeting was held on June 11 where we discussed a variety of programs, including Music, Trips, Theater, and Lectures.  Each member will help plan for a particular program.  Let us know if you are interested in joining us as a member,  or would like to give a program sharing your knowledge.

When a program is coming up before the next Bulletin we will announce it in News and Notes.

A number of congregants will be going to see a Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof”, with English subtitles on July 19 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

And while you are relaxing this summer enjoy reading “”Sima’s Undergarments for Women” by Ilana Stanger-Ross. This is a delightful story about some Brooklyn ladies, one of whom sells the aforementioned items in her store. We’ll let you know when we will discuss the book.

Cheryl Levine ad Judith Pessah
It was with deepest sadness that we announced the passing of Shirley Wolintz Sacoff, mother of Bryn Biren our now Past Temple President, this past month. Shirley was one of the founding members of Temple Israel and if not for her bravery, along with the other founding members who were bringing a Reform Congregation to our borough where none had previously existed, our beloved Temple Israel may never have been created.  Thank you so much to Jodi Siegel and many others for their help in setting up a beautiful repast, in our social hall following the Memorial Service and Shiva Minyan at Temple, as an appropriate tribute to a special woman.      

The Caring Community Committee is a very special and important part of our Temple community. Your assistance and support are needed in order for us to continue to provide the extraordinary level of service we have always provided to our community.

As always, we hope that you will continue to support our Caring Community with your donations that help cover the costs of food, paper goods, tolls, parking, etc. used to assist those of our Temple Community that need assistance.  Our committee assists congregants who need help with a Shiva, rides to doctors when they cannot get there themselves and meals when necessary. Thank you all for your generous donations. If you have a need or would like to help, please call me at (917)607-0782.

Please remember to stay cool and protected from the serious effects of the sun by using sunscreen when you go out this summer.  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy month!
Respectfully submitted,
Pamela Rogozin
7:30 p.m.

(See Flyer Above)

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Thursdays 7:15-8:15 p.m.
July 5, 12, 19, 26
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July 8, 22,29

Members: $15
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Bring your own Yoga Mat
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Both Chair and mat students are accommodated at each class.
For more information contact
Bryn Biren 
Photos from our
70th Anniversary Gala Brunch
The Adult Choir and Accompanists, Claire Bleiman, Karen & Joe Gamoran and, Blanche Ricci

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Contributions to Temple Israel as tributes, dedications or memorials are welcome  and are published in the weekly Shabbat program.

Donations can be dedicated to the general Temple Israel Fund or to any of the following specific funds: 

  • Adult Education Fund 
  • Building Preservation Fund 
  • Caring Community Fund 
  • Carole Lachman Memorial Fund
  • Choir Fund 
  • Estelle A. Gootenberg Memorial Fund (for Torah Repair/ Restoration) 
  • Gerald J. Lustig Memorial Fund (for Ark & Ark Doors) 
  • Liheyot Fund 
  • Membership Fund 
  • Prayerbook Fund 
  • Rabbi Marcus Kramer Memorial Library Fund 
  • Shoah Education Fund
  • Scholarship Fund 
  • Social Action

A $5.00 minimum donation is requested for these funds. Checks for donations to any of these funds should be made payable to Temple Israel.

PRAYERBOOKS may be dedicated in honor or memory of a special person or occasion. For specific prayerbooks and donation amounts, scroll down to the bottom of this bulletin..

Please make checks for Donations to the RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND payable to that fund.

Donations in any amount may be made to SISTERHOOD OF TEMPLE ISRAEL or BROTHERHOOD OF TEMPLE ISRAEL with checks made payable directly to the affiliate organization.

For a leaf on the TREE OF LIFE in honor of a simcha, please scroll down. 

For permanent MEMORIAL PLAQUES on our Family Memorial Wall or Original Memorial Wall, please call the Temple office at 718-727-2231.
To see list of all recent
Tributes and Program
Donations to Funds...

We have celebrated the first birthday of the Dr. Ronald Avis Foundation. This has been a year of experimentation, innovation and evaluation. Next month we will detail our programming for the 2018-2019 year.
On Sunday, June 3rd Park Rangers from the Greenbelt Conservancy led Avis families on a hike through High Rock Park. The children loved learning about insects, the trees and plants and seeing the beautiful lily pads in the ponds. Stay tuned for more family hikes in the coming year.
There will be an ADULT evening hike on August 21st at 7:00 PM led by the Greenbelt Conservancy cosponsored by the Avis Foundation and the Adult Learners Committee of Temple Israel.
It took the incredible generosity of one person to initiate the Avis Foundation to make Temple Israel membership affordable for young families. The Foundation supplements family membership fees, the Religious School fee and makes a partial payment towards each family’s compulsory building fund obligation. Financial assistance is provided to each family over a six year period. We have six wonderful families who have already joined under the Avis umbrella this year.
If you know of any family interested in joining Temple Israel NOW is the time to contact Bryn Biren at MsBunny7@  aol.com  or Terry Baver at  Terryqbaver@gmail.com .
It is the start of our new financial year and the perfect time to reach out to prospective members. You are our best method of advertising. Get out the word!
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All those who have already created their own tallit are welcome! Please bring your beautiful work of art to the first class on 7/30 to show to our new registrants.
  Commemorate a special celebration or honor a family member or friend with a beautifully engraved leaf or stone on our Tree of Life. 

in honor of or in memory of a loved one or in celebration of life cycle event.
Select any of the prayerbooks used at Temple Israel for adults or children.
Click on the Prayerbook of your choice for the Prayerbook Donation Form!
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