Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island
315 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
tmplisrael@aol.com
Rabbi Michael D. Howald                     Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Co-Presidents Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
E-Shalom -DECEMBER 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
        
  A few weeks ago, I was honored to receive the “Spirit of Judaism” award during the “Star of David” dinner at the Jewish Community Center here on Staten Island.  As part of that recognition, my family came together to celebrate with me and the other honorees that evening.  We were particularly gratified and impressed by the number of members of Temple Israel who attended the dinner with us.  Although I didn’t do a formal count, Temple Israel seemed to account for at least half the tables that evening!  I wanted to use my article this month to thank every person who attended the dinner and expressed their support by their presence and contributions.
         Our family was especially touched by the numerous testimonials and congratulations placed in the digital journal for the event.  We hardly had time during the dinner and speeches to read all the “ads” projected onto the overhead screen but, a few days after the dinner was over, I received a digital copy of the entire journal.  In addition to those pages placed by family and friends, Robin and I were impressed by the number of different groups and members from Temple Israel who purchased ads.  We know that the dinner itself required a substantial contribution.  The placement of the ads in addition to purchasing a ticket, accordingly, meant a lot to me and my family.  I am so grateful, accordingly, to everyone who attended the Star of David dinner and to those who supplemented their contribution with funds to purchase a place in the journal for this worthy event.
         As I write this article, I contemplate the end of 9 ½ years as your rabbi.  Over those years, I have received some recognition for the work I do here to support the Staten Island community.  Each one of those awards was deeply appreciated and humbling but the “Spirit of Judaism” award the most of all because of the support you showed on that special evening.  My family and I will always cherish the presence and encouragement of so many from our Temple Israel family on that special evening.  May we continue to go from strength to strength together!  
Rabbi Michael Howald
A Message from
Co-Presidents
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.
 
We are often fascinated (and sometimes turned off) by numbers.
Well, lets try to see if we can get up to eight for celebrating Hanukkah with the help of Temple Israel……
 
1.    Make sure you get your family greeting onto Brotherhood’s annual Hanukkah card.  The deadline is at the beginning of the month;
2.    We move on to  Hanukah Pajamakah  at 7 PM on December 6.  Come dressed in Pajamas (we don’t care what you  really  sleep in – only PJ’s count this night!)  Come at 6:15 if you want Pizza (please RSVP to save your slice!);
3.    That Sunday, December 8, our Judaica Shop will be hosting a Holiday sale in the Social Hall.  Books, Menorahs, Dreidels – everything you need to help you celebrate, plus stuff for the rest of the year as well;
4.    Roll on to December 22 when our students hold their Hanukkah Assembly and feast on latkes afterwards;
5.    Stick around – send in your RSVP for Brotherhood’s Hanukah party that afternoon.  Grandchildren are welcome, too!
6.    Most important – gather your family close and light the first cancel that night as Hanukkah begins;
7.    On Friday, December 27, join us for the Hanukkah / New Member Shabbat Dinner;  and finally, 
8.    Attend Shabbat Hanukkah services a 8 PM that night and enjoy traditional music and our choirs. 
 
But wait! you say – what about the ninth candle?
Well, we often call the Shamash a “helper candle,” and what better way to celebrate that idea than by helping on December 25 th  when our Social Action committee assembles holiday meals for the community.
 
Wishing everyone a Happy Hanukah and a Happy New Year.

Jerry & Alan
 Jerrold Gross and Alan Siegel
Co-Presidents   
Notes from Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Shalom, everyone.

This time of year is a pretty dark one. Thanks to daylight savings time, by 5:30 pm, the sun has already said goodbye for the day and we are left in darkness. Also in this season, we see an emergence of festive lights that illuminate us, on our houses and on our busy streets, lighting our way forward into the night. This interplay of light and darkness, warmth and coldness, is punctuated by the chilly weather that gets even colder each night when all light is gone. Light, dark, warm, cold...it’s a cycle that repeats itself each day.

Our prayers of creation, Yotzeir Or and Maariv Aravim, highlight this interplay of light and darkness, reading, “goleil or mipnei choshech v’choshech mipnei or”, “rolling light away from darkness and darkness from light”. It describes light and dark as part of a delicate dance, one always moving away from the other. Just like the sun and moon seemingly go up and down, so do the highs and lows of our lives. We are in a constant cycle of ups and downs, and our resilience carries us through the hardships to make way for joy. Our joy and optimism also make room for hardship because we know that it will eventually get better, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are resilient.

Our ancestors too were resilient. The Maccabees fought against Hellenism and the Seleucid army to reclaim Jerusalem and resanctify the Temple. They fought for what they believed in and deflected each blow headed their way in order that they might bring traditional Judaism back to the Temple. The last would-be-blow was that they only had enough oil to last one day, but it miraculously lasted for eight days. 

As we light our candles during this Festival of Lights, may we be reminded of our inner light, our inner strength that gets us through all hurdles. May we find the courage to carry that light with us in our darkest moments. May we notice the miracles in our lives and help others find their lights, and when we don’t have the strength to keep our inner flames lit, may we have the strength to ask for help to nurture them, so that we might all share in their warmth.

Chag sameach, 
Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Co-Presidents
Sisterhood looks forward to sharing all our upcoming events with you.
  • Hanukah Pajamakah is this Friday night, December 6th. Join us for a fun evening filled with pizza, pajamas and prayer!
  • Don’t miss our Holiday Gift Fair on December 8th. It’s a great opportunity to find the perfect Chanukah gift for everyone on your list.
  • Also on December 8th, we hope to see your creative side at Clay, Kiln and Camaraderie at 7:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy all your Chanukah Favorites at our New Member Chanukah Sabbath Supper on Friday, December 27th. Please don’t forget to RSVP to us so that we are sure to have enough delicious latkes for you to gobble up!
  • Be sure to save the date for another Adult Bingo Night on January 11th and Bowling Bonanza on January 26th.

Scroll down for all our event flyers with reservation information.
  • We are finalizing the date to create our new Chanukah Gelt Mosaic Mural. We have a new design this year and would love your help in putting it together. We need you to help make those thousands of chocolate gelt coins become a gorgeous mosaic. Watch for an upcoming e-mail with the date and time.

Our next Sisterhood Executive Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Shariann Ganz.
Our next General Membership meeting will be Sunday, January 26th at 10:00 a.m.

Check out our updated 2019-2020 Calendar by clicking on the icon below!
We wish you a Chanukah Sameach and a wonderful holiday season.

In Sisterhood,
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Co-Presidents
THE BROTHERHOOD
Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
On Sunday morning November 24 the Brotherhood gathered together with our Sisterhood to enjoy Breakfast together. We then split off to have our business meeting. 
Plans for our Chanukah Card are in full swing and will be ready to distribute to our entire Congregation to wish our fellow congregants a happy Season of Lights. On Sunday December 22 Brotherhood will once again sponsor our children’s Chanukah Party. This is always a fun filled afternoon for the children and parents as we play games, decorate cookies, have crafts and everyone has Pizza and every child receives a small Chanukah present.  Please mark your calendars and join us. There is still time to join in both these events. The Chanukah Card and Chanukah Party flyers have been mailed out and are available on the carousel in the lobby or by clicking the appropriate link in this E- Shalom Bulletin.
Brotherhood needs 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.
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….
Your in Friendship and Brotherhood,
Jeff Ganz
President

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
DECEMBER 2019
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To print a copy of this calendar, click here .
Welcome...
New Member Robin Hertzberg

Condolences to...
Pamela Rogozin and Family on the loss of her mother, Joyce Grossman.
The Barris Family on the loss of Fern’s nephew Gerard Montalvo.
The Hanibal Family on the loss of Risa Spiro.

Mazel Tov to...
Lissa and Neil Winchel on their son Ben’s acceptance into medical school.
The Lenner Family as Simone Michelle Lenner was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah.
Kahl & Amanda Weis as Riva Brie was welcomed into the House of Israel.
Robin and Kevin Howald on finishing the NYC Marathon.
Rabbi Michael Howald on receiving the Spirit of Judaism Award for Community Leadership from the JCC.
Debra & Scott Levine on the birth of their grandson, Zach Chase Holtzer.

Get Well Wishes to...
Claire Bleiman
Joyce Kantrowitz
Rebecca Trontz
Beverly Mazer

Thinking of You...
Alicia Baskin
Jerry Gross
Fred Hecht
David Meltzer
Ken Pickover
Susan Weinman
Hanukkah – December 22-30, 2019
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The Ritual Committee wishes everyone a Happy Chanukah!  The first candle is on Sunday evening December 22 nd . We hope to see you at all the Chanukah celebrations at Temple this month. These celebrations include Hanukah Pajamaka a fun themed family Shabbat Service on December 6 th  with Pizza at 6:15 PM and a special Service at 7:00 PM.  Also scheduled is Sisterhoods Judaica Chanukah Fair on Sunday December 8 th  starting at 10:00 AM, Brotherhood’s Annual  Children’s Chanukah Party on Sunday December 22 nd  starting at noon and Sisterhood’s New Member/Chanukah Dinner on Friday December 27 th  starting at 6:00 PM and preceding the Shabbat in Chanukah Service that starts at 8:00 PM, See available flyers and additional information elsewhere in this Bulletin and be sure to make your reservations as needed. 
The first of our Mishkan Pituach Shabbat Morning Services designed for families was held on November 23 rd  at 11:00 am.  It had music, a shorter prayer service using the youth prayer book and gave the children a chance to see the Torah being read.  Thank you to Rabbi Howald, Jennifer Cortijo and Jaimie Blackman for making this Service possible.
The Ritual Committee congratulates Simone Lenner and her family on Simone being called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday November 9 th , 2019. 
The Ritual Committee thanks Jim Rohan for providing musical leadership for the Friday night Shabbat Services of November 29th when Student Cantor Benrey was away.
As you may already know Rabbi Howald will be taking a well-deserved Sabbatical for the month of January.  The Ritual Committee along with other Temple leadership will be working to schedule lay leadership and other coverage needed for this time period.  Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us. 

Linda Brill and Jeffrey Ganz
Co-Chairpersons
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE:
Thank you to the following congregants for their assistance with 
ushering during services, as well as for honoring the Congregation with their presence on the Bimah in November:
Bryn Biren, Deborah Chernoff, Deanna Feder,
Barbara Feigelman, Barbara Fried, Shariann Ganz, Jeffrey Ganz, Robin Howald, Cheryl Levine, Felicia Otto, Andrea Simon,
Fred Simon, Inez Singer and Rhonda Trontz-Allen, 

Nina Rohan
 Ushering Chair
DECEMBER 6, 2019
Bella Bronzaft
Abraham Friend *
Lewis A Selmon
Pearl Brill *
Diane Terris Eisenkraft
Hyman Ruskin *
Arthur M. Selznick
Joanne Hanibal
Helene Lipton
Joseph Reznikoff
Lillian Rebecca Scher *
Eileen Tepper
Alfred Levinson
Evelyn Wildrick
Dorothy Peretz *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
HAIM LEIB SUESSMAN
BALLING HEIDSTRA
CHARLOTTE SOZIJNSKI
ROSINA STÖGERER
PAUL KOCHAN

DECEMBER 13, 2019
Herbert Gross *
Bernard Haber
Nettie Mazer *
Pearl Smith
Isaak Fuks
Fanny Goldberg *
Theodora Teddy" Goldstone"
Rose Kurlander *
Richard Lasher *
Peggy Bachman Boyer
Phillip S. Menna *
Morris Martin Blumin *
Savin Cohen *
Anna Berg
Dr. Charles Biren
Harry Goldberg *
Charlotte Selma Kitoff
Selma Nison
Frieda Zuckerberg

And we remember from the Holocaust:
JULIETTE LEGERAN
PAL ALTMANN
STEFAN WAJHNG
JAKOB LEEFSMA
ELSA HELENE SEIFERT
DECEMBER 20, 2019
Philip Hirsch
Rita Weinman
Charlotte Manger *
Douglas Howald
Morris Soller *
Meyer Meltzer
Jacob Mydlarz
Shirley Schneider
Alan Guttsman
Julius Kerstein
Saul Polonsky
Fannie Reznikoff
Nicholas Straniere *
Roselyn G. Gross *
Joan Richter *
Beatrice Cohen *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
SHIMON OFMAN
SIMCHA VILENCHIK
BERL BITKOVER
NIKOLAI PANKRATOW
ABRAHAM WINER

DECEMBER 27, 2019
Yetta Soller *
Julie Ellyn Kanter *
Mary Berlin *
Sophie Elman *
Harriet Ganz
Sigmund Haber *
Jacob Kitoff *
Charles Kurlander *
Florence Ruskin *
Alexander Weiss *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
ABRAM KREMER
BRUKHA WROCLAWSKI
HELLI RAGON
LUIS-GERARD KLETZKINE
WILHELM VIDRA
* 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.
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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. 
Friday, December 6
HANUKAH PAJAMAKAH
FAMILY SERVICE AT 7:00 p.m.
CELEBRATION OF DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

Friday, December 13
KABBALAT SHABBAT 8:00 p.m.

Friday, December 20
TOT SHABBAT 6:00 p.m.
KABBALAT SHABBAT 8:00 p.m.

Friday, December 27
CHANUKAH NEW MEMBER DINNER
CHANUKAH SHABBAT
KABBALAT SHABBAT 8:00 p.m.
JUNIOR & ADULT CHOIRS SING

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We had a very successful Trivia Night on Saturday November 9th. Thank you to all who participated.
Please remember to join us on Thursday December 5, 2019 at Jimmy Max for Lunch, dinner or a snack to make $ for Temple Israel. Please see attached Flyer.
Please join us for the Looney Bin on Saturday January 25, 2020 at the Colonade Diner 2001 Hylan Blvd. Doors open at 8, showtime is 9. If you come that night please bring $20 cash to get in. 2 item minimum. Please see attached Flyer.
In addition we need gifts to raffle off on March 14, 2020, when the Avis Foundation is generously sponsoring a concert, Jews and the Great American Songbook . The Fundraising Committee is collecting the raffle prizes for this wonderful event.
Please consider donating a gift to raffle anytime or please let us know if you have suggestions for businesses that may be willing to donate.

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey-Gamoran, Lissa Winchel
Co-Chairs  
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Become part of our community by participating in our community. Temple Israel is where community happens.

TI-   WIIFM (Temple Israel-What’s In It For Me) 
In this space we will be featuring what our members-both new and long-term-say about their connection to Temple Israel.
From Brooke Lopez:
“The temple has always been a second home for my family. Between Hebrew school, STEM classes, CulturEats, pottery, drama workshops, and visits from Brian the Animal Guy, there is always something to do at Temple Israel. The Purim Spiel rehearsals give us the opportunity to bond with fellow theatre lovers, and Adult Nights Out and Family Events, through the Avis Foundation, give us a chance to spend time with our extended temple family.”
            
Some things to try this month: 
(flyers available throughout this E-Shalom)
* Lower your stress level through mat and chair yoga- free for Temple members.
* Attend a Torah study on a Saturday morning and deepen your understanding of the weekly Torah portion.
Engage in a favorite Jewish activity- eating- by ordering your favorites at Jimmy Max and raising some dough for Temple on Thursday, December 5 th .
*  Enjoy the December 6 th  Hanukah Pajamaka Family Shabbat Service.
* Shop at Sisterhood’s Judaica Chanukah Fair on Sunday, 12/8.
* Celebrate Chanukah with your Temple Israel family by attending the Chanukah Sabbath Supper on Friday, December 27 th  and the Shabbat Chanukah service following the supper.
Mark your calendars for Brotherhood’s children’s Chanukah party on Sunday, December 22 nd .  

Temple Israel is a busy place, and there is something for everyone.

If you know of anyone who is interested in joining, please contact the Membership Committee through the Temple Office.

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Some featured items this month:
Warm Your Spirit and Your Toes!

Contact branchtr@aol.com or call the Temple Office at 718-727-2231.
A thank you to Joel Goldberg, who donated his book and receipts from it after his interesting and informative talk on November 14th.

Since June, over 300 new books have been added to the library, many of them recently published, especially novels with Jewish themes, written by Jewish authors.

The library hours are Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon, coinciding with Hebrew School classes. Books can be returned to the office where there is a box for them as well as for any books to be donated.

For more information,
contact Steve Scher at 347-683-0606 or  stevescher12@gmail.com

Steve Scher
Chair









ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS
WEDNESDAYS
DECEMBER 4 & 18
6:30 p.m. SHARP!!!!

JUNIOR CHOIR REHEARSALS
SUNDAYS
DECEMBER 8, 15 & 22
12 noon

BOTH CHOIRS SING ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
If you would like to join the Choir, just come to any rehearsal...
and all the rehearsals that follow!
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JOIN US IN A MITZVAH!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
9:00 a.m.
MEAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE HUNGRY
Temple Israel Social Hall/Kitchen
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.
 
FOOD PREPARATIONS    We will be having our yearly Christmas food preparation on Christmas day, December 25 th , at 9:00am.  If you would like to help all are welcome.  If you plan to come and can let me know that would be great! You can email me at pamrogoz@gmail.com. But if you don’t let me know in advance you are still welcome. Bring your friends! Thank you again to all those who help with this important Mitzvah.

**LOVING STATEN ISLAND  is an interfaith program bringing together members of our community who want to enjoy a bring a dish to share meal and special programs with those from our community who have different religions.  If you are interested in this program give me a call for more information.

BACKPACKS  Every year our social action committee collects donations specifically to provide backpacks and school supplies to the children in the Head Start program that use our temple during the week.  Those children graduating from the program are given a backpack to start them on their way to a wonder of education that awaits them in the coming year.  If you would like to be a part of this wonderful mitzvah please donate to Social Action and indicate that you are donating for the Backpacks.  If you would like to attend the graduation where the backpacks are given out just let me know!!!
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
(917)607-0782
Chairperson
Adult Learning met on November 5th at Pam Carlton's home. Thank you to Pam for hosting. On November 14th we presented Judge Joel Goldberg, longtime member, speaking about "Murder, Mayhem and Humor in the Criminal Courts." He also answered questions about the New York criminal court system. This was a very informative and entertaining evening!
Rabbi Howald presented a Hebrew Boot Camp on November 20th. He covered all the Hebrew vowels and consonants as well as 15-20 words in Hebrew frequently used in the prayer book or Torah. There will be a follow-up mini course in Hebrew.

On December 5th we will be attending The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick to see "My Life on a Diet" written by and starring Renee Taylor. We'll follow this with dinner at Jimmy Max Restaurant, supporting Temple Israel's fundraiser.

We're very excited to announce the return of Rosh Chodesh, A Celebration of Women. This will be held on Monday evening, January 27th, 2020 at Susan Mark's home at 7pm. Please rsvp to Cheryl Levine at  cherylmlevine@gmail.com

We're still working on dates to attend The Met Cloisters, to view a Judaica exhibit,"The Colmar Treasure" and Wagner College to visit the new Holocaust Center.

Save the date! On March 29th Adult Learning and Sisterhood will co-sponsor Jonathan Goldstein speaking about the Exodus. You can't miss this special event!

We are now reading "Fleishman is in Trouble" by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. It has been called a "brilliant comic novel" by the New York Times. We will be discussing the book on February 18th. All are welcome so start reading!

Our next meeting will be on January 6th.

For information about any of our programs please contact Cheryl at  cherylmlevine@gmail.com  or Judy at  judithpessah@gmail.com .

Cheryl Levine
Judy Pessah
Co-chairs
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This past month I was the temple member sitting Shiva.  My mother Joyce Grossman suddenly passed away a few days after being diagnosed with a lung tumor assumed to be cancer.  Members of our congregation, organized by Pamela Carlton and including her, came to my home to prepare the house for our arrival from the cemetery.  They put water and paper towels outside for us to wash before entering our home.  They made sure the mirrors were covered.  Set up food, drinks and paper goods, made coffee and made sure my home was ready for us to return to for mourning.  Each day helpers from our Temple Caring Community (which includes every member of our congregation) came to help set up and clean up for the Shiva.  Many members of the Temple came to the service at the Funeral Home and many came for the Shiva Minyan at my home.  This is our Temple Community.  We try our best to be there for each other in times of need.  This is what it means to be part of our Temple Family and I thank everyone for all that you have done for me and for others in our Temple, and all that you will do.  You are all a blessing.  

Our get well wishes go out to Joyce Kantrowitz, Mother of Linda Hanibal, Rebecca Trontz, mother of Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey Gamoran and Claire Bleiman.

Our Co-President Jerry Gross is still on the mend after surgery and we all wish him a speedy recovery.  To anyone else who is recovering from illness or surgery we wish you all the best of health.  

If you need assistance, please let us know.  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.  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.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy month!!
Pamela Rogozin
(917)607-0782
Chairperson
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
HEBREW SCHOOL
4:30 pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
 EAT & RAISE SOME DOUGH FOR TEMPLE ISRAEL AT JIMMY MAXX
12:00-10:00 pm

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
HANUKAH PAJAMAKAH
Pizza at 6:15 (RSVP to Bryn Biren)
EREV SHABBAT SERVICE
7:00 pm
Milk & Cookies Oneg

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
SHABBAT SERVICE
11:00 am
STEAM Workshop (Ages 5-8)- 4:15 pm
Leadership Session (Ages 9-14) 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
9:30 am
HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
JUNIOR CHOIR REHEARSAL
12 noon

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
HEBREW SCHOOL
4:30 pm

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
EREV SHABBAT SERVICE
8:00 pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
SHABBAT SERVICE
11:00 am

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
9:30 am
JUNIOR CHOIR REHEARSAL
12 noon
CulturEats (ages 9+) RSVP via Eventbrite
1:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
HEBREW SCHOOL
4:30 pm

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
TOT SHABBAT
6:00 p.m.
EREV SHABBAT SERVICE
8:00 pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
SHABBAT SERVICE
11:00 am

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
9:30 am
JUNIOR CHOIR REHEARSAL
12 noon
CHILDREN’S CHANUKAH PARTY
12:00 pm
(RSVP Required to Brotherhood)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
CHANUKAH/NEW MEMBER DINNER
6:00 pm (Reservations required)
CHANUKAH SHABBAT SERVICE
with Junior & Adult Choirs
8:00 pm


The month of December begins with a very special themed Family Shabbat, coordinated by the Avis Foundation and Sisterhood, on Friday, December 6th. HANUKAH PAJAMAKAH begins with pizza at 6:15 PM and continues with Family Service starting at 7:00 PM. We will get ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights, there will be pre- Chanukah songs and stories AND a special gift for every child and adult who comes in pajamas.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN IS FOR PIZZA E-MAIL BRYN BIREN at MsBunny7@aol.com BY WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th.

The next STEAM WORKSHOP for 5-8 year olds takes place on 
Saturday, December 7 at the Resource Room from 4:15-5:15 PM. The topic is “ Build Your Own Rocket”. The next sessions at the Resource Room for the younger children are on 1/11, 1/18, and 1/25.

We have a very exciting new program that will begin on Saturday, December 7th from 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM at The Resource Room. THE TEMPLE ISRAEL YOUTH LEADERSHIP GROUP will hold its first meeting. The group is for 11- 15 year olds. David Checchi, the newest teacher to our Religious School, will lead the group, mentored by Deric Borrero (who is the owner of The Resource Room and an assistant principal at a SI Intermediate School). The group will develop its own mission statement, will decide what they would like to do as leaders of Temple Israel and in the Staten Island community. The group will meet again on 1/11, 1/18, and 1/25 at The Resource Room.

If you have any questions about the leadership group feel free to contact Bryn Biren at 1(718)447-6225. If your child will be attending this important event also let me know.

Join us for Tot Shabbat on Friday night, December 20th at 6:00 PM. This service is interactive and designed for families with very young children. Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey conduct the service and Rabbi tells a story. The girls and boys enjoy juice and challah at the end of the service.

The Chanukah and New Member Supper will be on held on Friday night, December 27 at 6:00 PM. Be certain to bring the family to eat latkes and a delicious traditional Shabbat meal with other Temple Israel families.
If you know of any young family that might be interested in joining our synagogue contact Terry Baver at 1(718)490-4428 or Bryn Biren at 1(718)447-6225 and they will be contacted immediately.

The days may be short, but there is no shortage of activities for your family at Temple Israel. We hope to see you at all of them!

Bryn Biren
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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.
If you have any questions about your membership or if you know a potential new member please contact our Financial Secretary Jennifer Straniere at  tmplisrfinsec@aol.com .
The year is moving ahead so quickly. 
 
If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming a member of Temple Israel please have them contact me or call the Temple Office at 718-727-2231.
 
If you have any questions about your membership please contact me at  tmplisrfinsec@aol.com      
I am available to answer any questions you might have.

We urge you to consider becoming a member of the Kavod Society or if you are already a Kavod member please consider moving up a level. This additional funding allows us to assist some of our other members.
 
Have a good month,
Jennifer Straniere
Financial Secretary 
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.

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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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