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 -AUGUST 2019
Temple Israel’s 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
        50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon and human beings from Earth first walked upon another celestial body in our solar system.  That mission to the moon changed the perspective of many people on the place of humanity in the universe, convincing them that we are not the center of Creation.  Yet, this is a lesson already inherent in Judaism, particularly in the  Kiddush Levana , the prayer for the sanctification of the moon found in a traditional prayer book.  As we look back on that day with well-justified amazement and pride, we also consider how the pictures of earth from the moon, showing how small and insignificant our planet is against the backdrop of the stars, reinforces a valuable lesson already taught in our ancient texts. 
As most of you may know, traditional Judaism regards the day or days of the New Moon, called  Rosh Chodesh in Hebrew, as a minor holiday equivalent to one of the middle days during longer holidays like Sukkot and Passover.  In addition to a prayer announcing the New Moon, the traditional siddur also contains a prayer of sanctification for the waxing moon, recited between the 3 rd and middle day of each Jewish month, in order to celebrate the work of Creation as reflected in the phases of the moon.  In this blessing, the leader recites these words from the 8 th Psalm:  “When I see Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place:   What is humanity that you are mindful of it, the children of Adam that you care for them?”
The prayer goes on to quote other passages from psalm and proverb that celebrate sun, moon and stars as a sign of divine handiwork and as a testament to the orderly procession of the universe according to an underlying plan.  Just as the moon is endlessly reborn after waning in the final half of each lunar month so, too, do the Jewish people recover in the face of all adversity.  The monthly renewal of the moon, according to our ancestors, especially testified to the existence of an order vastly more complicated than humanity can impose on the universe.
As much as the  Kiddush Levana , the sanctification of the moon, speaks to the insignificance of humanity under the canopy of the stars, it also contains one passage that called out for alteration after the 1969 landing on the moon. According to the choreography of the blessing’s recital, those who recite its words should symbolically stretch heavenward as they say these words:  “As I leap toward you, unable to touch you, so may none of my enemies be able to touch me to do me harm.”  This traditional wording, posed a difficulty in the mind of Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the IDF’s chief chaplain, who, after watching the landing on the moon, felt that a modification of the idea that the moon was beyond human touch was in order.
Accordingly, on the day after the landing, Rabbi Goren changed the wording of the prayer for the New Moon found in the IDF Siddur from the words quoted above to  “As I leap toward you and do not touch you, so may others, if they come against me, not be able to touch me.”  In other words, even if a few humans can land on the moon, the rest of us still cannot. This is still the version of the Kiddush Levana, the Sanctification of the Moon, found in the IDF siddur to this day.
The  Kiddush Levana , recited under an open sky and in the presence of the waxing moon, reminded the Jewish people of the glory of Creation and of our small place in the universe long before Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Even as the IDF siddur acknowledges our new found ability to reach the closest celestial body, so does it remind us how far yet we have to go and how much distance separates us from the Creator of heaven and earth.  As we remember the landing on the moon 50 years ago this summer, may we find that, just as the moon renews itself every month, so may we be renewed by our contemplation of the universe and its wonders. 
Rabbi Michael Howald
A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

We hope that you are enjoying what has proven to be an exceptionally warm Summer, much warmer than we have experienced in recent history.  And with this warmth comes the need to keep our Temple facility air conditioned to maintain a comfortable environment for our Erev Sabbath Services ‘In-The-Round”, as well as for Torah Study and Sabbath Morning Services.  In addition, there are many meetings, Yoga sessions, Choir rehearsals and other activities that make use of our facility and need to be accommodated with a comfortable setting.  During this past year we have completed some major maintenance repairs to keep our building safe.  As you have been advised, a new remote entry system has been installed on the front door to further enhance our security.  In addition, roof repairs have been completed to protect us from the elements. Wind-blown debris have also been removed and our drains have been cleaned.  One further repair has been the replacement and resetting of the tracks and rollers for the folding door in our Social Hall.  As you can appreciate, each of these ‘general maintenance issues’ comes with a cost, one that is supported by each and every Temple member.

As of this writing you have received your Membership Package for the coming year.  As indicated in that document, your Annual Commitment has been identified.  As you take the necessary steps to honor this commitment, your membership cards will be completed and sent to you.  These cards will be needed when you attend our High Holiday Services as members in good standing of Temple Israel.  We encourage you to address the matter of honoring your commitment as soon as possible.  As you know, we are a self-sustaining entity and rely on those funds so that we can meet our financial obligations in a timely manner.
And a reminder, the Kavod level of membership is one that enables you to demonstrate your additional support of our efforts on behalf of the Temple itself as well as congregants.  If you feel that you would like to elevate your membership to the Kavod level, please contact our Financial Secretary Jennifer Straniere.  

We wish you a pleasant balance of the Summer, one that affords you a healthy and relaxed time to spend with family and friends.  Please be sure to join us at Sabbath Services throughout the balance of the Summer and again in the Fall.

With our Best Wishes,

Jerrold Gross and Alan Siegel

Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
One would think that the summer months would give Sisterhood a chance to breath, rest and relax.  Our Onegs are slightly less elaborate than they are during other seasons.  There are no big holiday rituals or meals to prepare.  We have fewer meetings and reports to prepare. One would be wrong!

Our Sisterhood leaders have been working hard to make sure that everything is in place, not only for the rest of the summer, but for all that needs to happen in the coming year. Our Officers and Directors met early in July to review the list of “tasks” for which our Sisterhood takes responsibility. Our list consisted of 58 different jobs, roles, initiatives and activities which need attention.  These include everything from chairing fundraisers to maintaining the stock of Kiddush wine and juice to organizing holiday luncheons and dinners to shopping for onegs to keeping the kitchen organized, and on and on and on.  In order to make certain that every detail is seen to and that nothing goes unattended, every single Sisterhood Officer and Director makes herself responsible for something.  Our congregation owes a debt to each of these women.  

In addition to our planning meetings, we have also been organizing two exciting upcoming events. The first is our FAMILY BINGO fundraiser to be held on Sunday, August 25 th at 3:00 p.m.
There will be fun and prizes for every age group.  Please see the flyer in this Bulletin for the details.  Bring your friends and family!  

Sisterhood is also eagerly anticipating our very first SHABBATON on Saturday, September 14 th . In addition to the morning Shabbat Service, in which Sisterhood members will be active participants, we will have a lovely lunch and a program by the Staten Island Hunger Task Force about the very important hunger issue.  The afternoon will end with us making bag lunches for the clients of Project Hospitality. Everyone is welcome to join us for this day.  You do not need to be a Sisterhood or Temple member to attend.  Please print the flyer from this Bulletin or pick one up from the Temple Lobby.  Advance registration and payment is a must, so that you can select your choice for lunch. We look forward to spending this special day with you.

Just a reminder that Sisterhood Dues for the coming year are $45.00. Friends of Sisterhood dues, for the males members of our congregation, are $36.00.

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Kick-off Breakfast and Meeting on Sunday, September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. and at all of our events and activities throughout the coming year.

In Sisterhood,
Shariann Ganz & Jodi Siegel

Sunday, August 25th - Summer Picnic Bingo
Saturday, September 14th - Sisterhood Shabbaton
Sunday, September 22nd - Sisterhood/Brotherhood Annual Kick-Off Breakfast and Meeting
Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
On Sunday, July 14, we held our annual Brotherhood Family Barbecue. A wonderful time was had by all that attended. Our thanks to Grill-master Kevin Lipsitz for his delicious hamburgers, hot dogs, London broil and corned beef. Additionally, all the sides to accompany the meats were expertly prepared by my wife Shariann. To add to the table were Jennifer Straniere’s baked beans and Jodi Siegel’s delicious grilled eggplant.
My sincere thanks to all the men and women who assisted with set up, clean up and helping make the afternoon a great success.

 Over the summer months Brotherhood has been busy planning for the coming year. We need your support! Please join us as we become even more successful next year. For only $45 you can become a Brotherhood member. Please mail your check to Temple, attention Brotherhood. Please remember that our Kickoff Breakfast is just around the corner on Sunday morning, September 22 at 10:00 A.M. I hope to see everyone there.

Keep cool and enjoy the balance of the summer months.

Brotherhood is a vital affiliate organization to the Temple. Together we are strong and make a difference to our Temple Family.  

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

Yours in Friendship and Brotherhood,
Jeff Ganz

The membership packets have gone out and you should have received yours. It is time to renew your commitment to Temple Israel. If you did not receive your packet please call the office and we will send you another one.
If you have questions about your individual commitment, please contact me at  tmplisrfinsec@aol.com  to review any questions or concerns you might have.
The school forms went out in a separate mailing. Don’t forget to complete School Forms for any children attending Religious School and Hebrew School. Please mail the forms back or bring them with you the first day of school
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 the last check should be dated no later than June 15, 2020.
We urge you to consider upgrading your membership and becoming a member of the Kavod Society or moving up to a new Kavod level. The additional funding allows us to assist some of our other members.
If you would like to purchase High Holiday tickets for members of your family, you will find the information in your membership packet. Please send in your request for tickets with all the information and check to cover the cost of the tickets. Tickets are also available for non-members. Please call the office if you have any questions.
Looking forward to a wonderful year,
Jennifer Straniere  Financial Secretary 
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Happy August to all! As the summer continues the Ritual Committee along with Rabbi Howald continue to plan for the High Holidays.  For a second year we will be using the machzor Mishkan HaNefesh for all the High Holiday Services.  As always, the updating of honors and cues are required.

You have received information by mail about the annual Memory Book that is distributed during the Yizkor Service on Yom Kippur afternoon.  The Memory Book is an opportunity to remember family and friends.  To participate in the Memory Book please follow the instructions provided in the mailing and return immediately to the Temple Office in the envelope provided.

The Ritual Committee thanks Jim Rohan for providing musical leadership for the Erev Shabbat Services during the months of July and August during which our Erev Shabbat Services are being held in the Social Hall.  

The lay leaders who led Saturday morning Torah Study in the month of July were Linda Brill, Muriel Schlefstein, Judy Lee and Rochelle Maltz.  We look forward to lay leaders JR Rich and Barbara Fried who will lead a Saturday morning Torah Study along with Rochelle Maltz and Judy Lee in the month of August. The Saturday morning Shabbat Services were led by Pamela Carlton and Muriel Schlefstein with the musical accompaniment of Jamie Blackman when he was available.  We thank them all for their dedication and generosity of time.

On Saturday evening August 10 th at 7:00 PM Rabbi Howald will lead a Tisha B’ Av learning session which will include a discussion ”Does Tish B’Av Still Matter?    The preparatory High Holy Day evening Service of Selichot will be observed on Saturday September 21 st .  The program is titled “From This World to the Next”.  More information will follow.  Please plan to join us.

Linda Brill and Jeffrey Ganz

Thank you to the following congregants for their assistance with ushering during services during the month of July:
Jennifer Cortijo, Phyllis Elrich, Barbara Fried, Shariann Ganz, Karen Gross, Claire Guttsman and Sandy Mazzucco

Nina Rohan
 Ushering Chair

Learning Session
Does Tisha B’Av Still Matter?
August 10 th
7:00 PM
We are in the process of compiling the 5780 Memory Book for the Yizkor Service to be held Yom Kippur afternoon. This service is always a very moving one, as we recall in fond memory, those who were near and dear to us and affected our lives and our thinking. The Memory Book is an opportunity to remember friends and family.

You should have already received a letter and form in the mail. If you have not received one and you wish to have someone remembered in the Memory Book this year, please contact Jeffrey Ganz or Linda Brill through the Temple Office. All in formation must be received no later than August 9th.
AUGUST 2, 2019
Isidore Drucker 
Joseph Markowitz 
Sidney Morse *
Roslyn Mendelsohn 
Victor G. Bloom 
John Garand Rowan *
Shirley Ann Hirsh *
Sylvia Marcus 
Jacob Price *
Shimonov Mashiach 
Yetta Weiss *
Jimmy Smith

And we remember from the Holocaust:

AUGUST 9, 2019
Stella Blumin *
Jean Baruch *
Stanley Schuster 
Augusta Straniere *
Marion Cohen 
Shirley Haber 
Emanuel Trachman *
Lila Avis *
Celia Holtz *
Isadore Marks Dumont 
Alter Pisetzner

And we remember from the Holocaust:

AUGUST 16, 2019
Claire Eisen *
Alter Pisetzner 
Betty S. Rothaus *
Harriet Taylor 
Lewis Dickar *
Vernon Scholar *
Gertrude Sappin *

And we remember from the Holocaust:

AUGUST 23, 2019
Fannie Feldhamer *
Renee Nadel 
Audrey Lasher *
Max Baskin 
Augusta Levinson 
Joseph Silberberg 
Bertram Bleiman 
Emil Checchi

And we remember from the Holocaust:

AUGUST 30, 2019
Rose Jaeger *
John David Muhlfelder *
Eva Benjamin *
Hedy Friend *
Vera Armstrong 
Lena Goldberg *
Sarah Miriam Gross *
Mary Krisburg *
Rose Lippman 
Sylvia Chazanoff 
Mary Freedman 
Evelyn Ruth Konigsberg *
Louis Schlefstein *
Louis Friedburg 
Cynthia Roiter 
Solomon Jacob Gross *
Celia Holtz *

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.
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. 
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Friday, August 9
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We hope that you are enjoying the pleasures of summer. By the time that you read this, most of you will already have an eye toward September. Fall is a busy season both in our Jewish lives and also in our family/work lives, so please make some time to take a breath and enjoy our first  Welcome Back Shabbat Dinner on Friday, September 20 th at 6PM.   See the flyer below . Please note that we are starting this dinner at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 6:30 because
I-Shabbat will NOT take place in September.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining our synagogue, please contact the Membership Committee through the Temple Office (718-727-2231).  There is strength in numbers!
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Thursday, August 1
Thursday, August 8
Thursday, August 15
Thursday, August 29
6:45 p.m.
(Please check weekly News and Notes to confirm dates and times.)
If you would like to join the Temple Israel Adult Choir, just come to any rehearsal...and all the rehearsals that follow!

The open Library hours will be
by appointment only
during the months of
June, July and August.

Contact Steve Scher at 347-683-0606 or stevescher12@gmail.com

Steve Scher
TRIVIA NIGHT Saturday, November 9th
We are bringing back the very popular and successful Trivia Night, which was a big hit in the past.  We will have teams of between 4-6 people per table trying their knowledge of new topics and new and improved questions.
It will be an evening of challenge and competition, but most importantly, everyone will have a fun time trying to win prizes. We will also have a raffle and 50/50. Our very own “Alex Trebeck”, Fred Simon, will be the MC.
Refreshments will be served and BYOB.    See registration flyers in the lobby or CLICK HERE to download or print the one that follows!

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey-Gamoran, Lissa Winchel
Sisterhood, in collaboration with the Avis Foundation, Is sponsoring a trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Veteran’s Day, November 11, at 1:45pm. All temple members are welcome to join us for an educator-led tour for both adults and children. There will be no charge for either adults or children. 

The children will be experiencing the following tour:

My House to Your House: Community Life from Generation to Generation (available for grades K-6)
Discover the role of family and community life in transmitting cultural heritage. Students will examine treasured objects and daily rituals, making connections between Jewish traditions and other traditions. 

The adults   will be experiencing a guided tour of the  Auschwitz  Exhibition, led by a Gallery Educator
In this 90-minute tour, a trained Gallery Educator will lead a structured program covering key artifacts from the exhibition  Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.

We will arrange for chaperones to accompnay the children so parents can take the tour for the audlts. 

We will need an accurate count by October 1, 2019. So please RSVP to Terry Baver,  terryqbaver@gmail.com , if you plan to come. Everyone who comes will need to arrange their own transportation. The museum is walking distance form the ferry, so public transportation will probably be the best way to go. 
Even though we are still enjoying the summer, the start of the new year of religious school will soon be upon us. Much planning is ongoing to make it an exciting and educational year. 

Mark your calendar, because this religious school year will begin on September 8th, with a Kickoff Celebration. All of our religious school students are of course expected to attend, and we also encourage parents and younger siblings to join in the fun for the day. Please reach out and invite your friends and neighbors who may be interested in learning more about Temple Israel’s religious school. It’s going to be a great time. Be on the lookout for more details coming soon.

The first meeting of the Religious School Parent Committee will be on September 15th at 10:00am. If you have a child in the religious school, we’d love for you to join us.

If you have any questions or ideas, or would like to become more involved, I welcome your  email: ti.si.school.bd@gmail.com

Jennifer Cortijo
The summer is upon us and hopefully will bring sunshine and health to our Temple Israel Community. Of course, even though we have a short break in some of our usual temple events our Caring Community is always there for those in need.
If you need assistance, please let us know.  Our committee assists congregants who need help with a Shiva, rides to doctors when they cannot get there themselves and meals when necessary, among many other things. 
As always, we hope that you, our congregants, 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. Thank you all for your generous donations.
To those who are recovering from illness or surgery we wish you all the best of health.  
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy month!!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy month!!

Pamela Rogozin

FAMILY BINGO- 3:00 p.m.
Fun for the whole family!

We hope that everyone is enjoying the summer lull, taking advantage of being outdoors and having a more relaxed schedule.

Get ready, though, to get back into full routine at Temple Israel this coming year with a full calendar of activities for the children, adults and families. During the month of August we will issue a detailed schedule of Fall events. We will be including STEAM, theatre workshops, Cultureats for our older children, animal visits, Museum trips, yoga, pottery classes, adult evenings, a multicultural event, and additional activities for our preteens and teens.

Terry Baver (718)490-4428 and Bryn Biren (718)447-6225 are ready to receive the names of any young, interested families who might like to join our synagogue family. Just reach out to us and they will be immediately contacted.

In the past two years we have made it possible, through the generosity of the Avis Foundation, for 20 young families to become part of the Reform movement here at Temple ISRAEL.
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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, look for the Prayerbook icons found in 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.
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