Temple Israel Reform Congregation
of Staten Island
315 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
Rabbi Michael D. Howald                     Student Cantor Shirel Richman
Co-Presidents Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
E-Shalom - FEBRUARY 2021
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.
Most of our usual Temple activities have now become virtual. Please join us for any or all of the following Shabbat and Festival services and Torah Study sessions by simply clicking on the links in the link boxes at the posted times. All sessions will take place using Zoom. Links are also posted in weekly News and Notes. If you wish to call into these services or meetings, the phone numbers for audio access are also listed. *Please note that some of the meetings may require that you include the listed password.

Friday, February at 5 p.m.
All other weeks on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Every week on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. followed by Services at 11:00 a.m.
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Through the generosity of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, there is a free online flip-book version of our prayer book, Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat, available 

Through the generosity of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, there is a free online flip-book version of our prayer book, Mishkan T'filah for Youth, available 
A Message from

Rabbi Michael D. Howald

This week in our country, we witnessed the transition from one presidential administration to another. Our lives contain many transitions. In music, a transition is a passage that takes a composition from one key or motif into another. In physics, a transition is a change of physical properties, from ice to water or from water to steam. In its most general sense, a transition is “a going across,” from one thing to another. Every day, we transition from one thing to another multiple times a day.  What, then, is so special about a transition from one leader to another?
         Jewish tradition and history teach that leaders do not often willfully relinquish power. The monarchs of Israel and Judah ruled by divine right, yet the Hebrew Bible records a number of violent efforts by usurpers to seize the crown and by invaders to replace the sovereign altogether. Ancient Jewish texts do not have much to say about democracy or elections, but they do have a lot to say about human nature. They all were all suspicious of centralized power and expressed the belief that human beings, once they have a taste of rule, are reluctant to surrender their influence. That’s why transitions from one ruler to another are often so difficult and dangerous.
         Against the example set by sovereigns, stands the pattern established by Moses in his final days as the leader of the Israelites. Even before God denies his final request to cross into the Promised Land, Moses ask God to “appoint someone over the community who shall go out before them and come in before them, and who shall take them out and bring them in, so that the Lord's community may not be like sheep that have no shepherd (Numbers 27:15-17).” Moses has lived a full and eventful life but perhaps his greatest accomplishment is acknowledging that the time has come for him to step aside. When the time comes to appoint a new leader, Moses doesn’t flee the stage. Instead, he lays his hands upon Joshua and invests him with his authority in the sight of the people. By this gesture, Moses demonstrates his support for and confidence in his chosen successor. Once having done that, Moses has the grace to step aside, albeit reluctantly, and let Joshua make his own decisions and craft his own leadership style.
         George Washington set the same example for this country. After serving two terms, he voluntarily stepped aside (the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms wasn’t adopted until 1951) and attended his successor’s inauguration. When the speeches were over, Washington made sure to let President John Adams and Vice-President Thomas Jefferson exit before him as a symbol of the transfer of power. Many of the Founding Fathers were students of the Bible and its possible that Washington took his inspiration, at least in part, from the example set by Moses. Whether 3,500 years ago or 200, the example set by Moses and Washington still provide influential examples how to transfer power peacefully from one leader to another.  We can only hope that their generous and gracious conduct will continue to inspire future generations of leaders.
Rabbi Michael Howald   
A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

As we endure month 11 of the restrictions placed on our lives by the pandemic, we can look to Torah for parallels to our experiences. 
As February opens, our hero Moses trudges to the slopes of Mt. Sinai to obtain that holy goal – guiding words from G-d.
Today, we spend endless hours on phones and devices, searching for vaccine appointments for ourselves or our relatives. 
Down at the foot of Sinai, the children of Israel start to get antsy.  They don’t want to obey the rules and long for the good old days, when food and shelter were provided to them.
Today, some of our fellow citizens don’t like the restrictions placed on them, and try to break the rules, leading to a high level of danger to the rest of us. 
Like the mixed multitude that departed Egypt, we live in a diverse society.
But unlike the Israelites who were destined to wander for 40 years, there are clear signs that the end of the more severe safety rules is in sight, though still far ahead on the horizon. 
And Temple Israel will be ready.  The shape of the new normal is still unknown, but there are phases we know will be required to accommodate both those of us who can start to step inside our beloved sanctuary as well as those who must continue to stay in touch electronically. 
In the meantime, keep availing yourselves of the wealth of programs our Temple is offering.   Last month’s program with Lincoln Richman was amazing, and there is more to come. 
This month, yoga continues to be the binding thread on a weekly basis.  And you can learn to meditate! Tune in on February 27th for a Comedy Night with the FUNdraising committee.  Tour Paris with Adult Learning, and be educated about the history of art. 
Be sure to join us on February 7th at the Congregational Meeting to help select the nominating committee that will select next year’s Temple Leadership. (The link to the Zoom Meeting can be found at the start of this Bulletin.)
And don’t miss Purim on February 25th, with a Purim Shpiel, we are proud to say, that was written by Phin Larson, a graduate of our Religious School.
And yes, we are getting ready to celebrate Passover as a community. Please be sure watch for further announcements from Sisterhood.
Another busy month at Temple Israel is ahead of us.  We look forward to your participation. 

Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
On October 12, 2020, your Board of Trustees adopted a policy to guide congregants, clergy and employees so ensure maximum safety during the pandemic.  Please note that this policy does not set any timeline for indoor gatherings on our property – it only lays out the procedures to follow at such time that indoor events resume.   To see the policy  CLICK HERE.
(The document consists of 6 pages:  1 to 3 is the policy, 4 is the tracking log and 5 & 6 is the waiver form.)
Dear Temple Israel,

Once again, I would like to thank everybody who supported my practicum by “attending” the online event, singing in the final piece, watching it later, texting in the chat while the event was on, and emailing me after the fact. You all warmed my heart so much and I cherish your support!

For those of you who are interested, here is the link again. My part starts at 31:00: https://vimeo.com/500092893

Now, to a different subject: The month of February brings the holiday of Purim! 
I still remember last year’s Purim, when I was still a music teacher in Boston, the students wore masks and costumes, and grown-ups still shook hands. The possibility of people having to wear masks for the entire year ahead did not even occur to us back then. Now it seems like an entirely different world. 

Purim is a holiday celebrating bravery and the power of individuals. One man and his niece literally saved the entire Jewish people. Mordechai was the only person in Shushan to resist Haman’s demand to bow before him. By choosing and insisting on living his values he risked his life. Esther saved the Jewish people by marrying King Achashverosh and by letting him save her and her people. Purim is not about wars or massive violence but how individuals can change the world for the better using close relationships, by being true to their values, and letting people make their own choices.

In January, we watched a South Asian, Black woman with a Jewish husband become Vice President of the United States. Like Esther, Kamala Harris has changed the course of history just by being there. No matter where we are politically, we hope she and the new president will help our nation recover from the current health and economic crises and lead us to a better place. May we all experience Purim in 2021 as the last Purim in which we wear masks as a method of social distancing. May we only use masks as joyous costume props in the future!

Have a wonderful, joyful and safe holiday! 

Happy Purim,

Shirel Richman
Student Cantor

Adult Choir Rehearsals (Virtual)
Tuesday, February 2- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 16- 7:00 p.m.

Junior Choir Rehearsals (Virtual)
Sunday, February 7 - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 28 - 11:30 a.m.

If you would like to join the Choir, please contact Student Cantor Shirel Richman at scantorrichman@gmail.com.
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
It’s the season of new beginnings.
  • We hope that you have planted the parsley seeds you received from Sisterhood in celebration of Tu B’Shevat and that you enjoyed our virtual Tu B’Shevat Seder lead by Rabbi Howald.  As your seeds blossom, we hope that you will re-new your dedication to our Sisterhood and look forward, with us, to wonderful times ahead.
  • Our Nominating Committee has been formed and is hard at work planning for next year’s new Slate of Officers to lead Sisterhood. Please say “yes” when you are called on to share your abilities with our incredible organization.
  • We will be giving new life to our brand new and barely used treasures on Sunday, January 31st at 2:00 p.m. at our Virtual Sample(d) Sale.  We have over 90 items on sale.  It is not too late to join us if you have not reserved yet.  Just contact Claire Guttsman at speechrose1@msn.com.
  • Our Annual Shalach Manot Fundraiser has begun.  Become a sponsor and share the mitzvah by having your name included in the wonderful baskets being given to all Temple Israel congregants or order individual baskets for specific recipients.  Details can be found on the flyer later in the bulletin.
  • As Passover approaches, we are planning a Catered Virtual Seder so that our Temple Family can celebrate the first night of the holiday together.  Wonderful, delicious, complete catered Kosher-for-Passover dinners, with wine, can be ordered. You can begin making your reservations immediately.  The Passover Seder Flyer is included later in this bulletin. In the meantime, please help us support the community in need by making donations of ‘Kosher for Passover’ foods.  Our KFP Food Drive begins on February 1st.  Please drop off your donations to the Temple Lobby.  If you would like to make monetary donations, please follow the directions on the flyer which can be found in the bulletin below.  We are also working on a Sisterhood of Temple Israel KOSHER FOR PASSOVER COOKBOOK!  All current Sisterhood and Friends of Sisterhood Members are invited to send in their best Passover Recipes!  Just type it up and e-mail it to Judy Lee at aninformedsource@aol.com. If you have photos, please include them.

We invite all congregants to join us at our next Sisterhood General Membership Meeting on Sunday, February 7th, immediately following the Congregational Meeting for a wonderful program:  BIBLICAL ISRAEL THRU THE HALLS OF THE MET. Explore the Stories of the Genesis in the Ancient Near East Art Gallery, the Egypt Gallery and so much more! Included will also be important corresponding artifacts located in other museums around the world.  Our tour will be led by Jonathan Goldstein, MA in Land of Israel and Archaeology from Bar Ilan University.

We look forward to seeing each of you soon, whether it be virtually or (hopefully) in person.

Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island

Hello Everyone. 

I hope everyone continues to enjoy good health as we continue to remain somewhat socially distant during these unprecedented times.

Our Zoom Meeting was held on Sunday January 17th. We discussed the success of our Community Chanukah card. We thank our entire congregation who participated in this special greeting. May we all return to a more normal order of our lives as we move forward in the New Year.

It is very important to keep the work of Brotherhood going strong as we navigate these unprecedented times.  I would like to thank those members that have made their annual commitment to our affiliate organization.  

Looking ahead:   Please be assured that we will continue our work with the Yellow candle remembrance for Yom Hashoah . This is an extremely important time of year to remember the terrible times that many Jews encountered in Europe. The survivors of this most tragic time are becoming scarce as the years go by. We, as the Jewish people, must never forget. It is incumbent upon us to never let those times ever face humanity again. Our children and grandchildren must be reminded of those times so that they too will be able to remember. Please be responsive as you receive your candle and support Brotherhood with a donation to offset the costs to continue this important work. 

 During these trying times we know we can always count on Rabbi for his spirituality, guidance and knowledge to lift up our feelings.

At this time, all in person events and meetings for the Brotherhood are being cancelled and held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Hopefully we will all be able to come together soon and experience the friendship and camaraderie that we so much look forward to.

During these changing times, always know that we are here to assist in any way. If you need something done, someone to talk to or whatever it might be, please reach out and we will make sure your needs are addressed. Until we can enjoy our in-person interaction, I leave you with this:  stay strong, stay safe,  be positive and do your best. We will come through this stronger.

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


ANDREA & FRED SIMON on the birth of their
great- granddaughter, Luna Olivia.

RABBI & ROBIN HOWALD on the marriage of their son,
Kevin, to Yvonne Xu; 
SHARIANN GANZ on her retirement from Temple Israel Hebrew & Religious School


NEIL WINCHEL &FAMILY on the loss of his father
Seymour Winchel


REBECCA HAND recovering at home
and her husband Duane Hand recovering from a stroke; 
CONNOR ALLEN recovering from a broken collar bone; 
BOB ZUCKERBERG recovering from an injury at home



It is the month of February, one of the coldest winter months.  Our continued dependence on the Zoom platform makes it possible to be together while apart and not worry about the cold. We look forward to the virtual Oneg that is being sponsored by the Membership Committee following the 7:00 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service on Friday night February 4th.  

Later in the month, February 25th we will be observing Purim virtually with the reading of the Megillah followed by a Purim Spiel written by Phineas Larsen and which will be filmed and produced by Phineas and his mother Remy.  We thank them for all their efforts.  We also look forward to wonderful Shalach Manot organized by Sisterhood.  Be sure you got your orders in.

We again would like to thank Jaimie Blackman and Dr. Kenneth Pickover for providing musical accompaniment during Saturday morning Shabbat Services when they are available.  We are grateful to all whose efforts have enabled us to continue to connect as a congregation with worship, study and community. 

Please continue to look to your e-mails, messages, Temple Israel’s News and Notes, Facebook Page and this E-Shalom Bulletin for additional information about special Services and study opportunities.

Please stay safe and healthy.
Linda Brill and Jeffrey Ganz

We thank the following congregants who have graciously accepted the honors of lighting the candles and reciting the Motzi at Erev Shabbat Services in January:
Phyllis Elrich, Cindy Selmon, Barbara Feigelman,
Muriel Schlefstein, Janice Gross, Larry Flaum, Miriam Friend, Joseph Aronson, Beverly Mazer, Judy Pessah. 

Nina Rohan
Ushering Chair
Have you ever wanted to study Torah at a deeper level? 
Ever thought about learning to lead services and chant Torah? Now is your chance! 
Rabbi Howald is looking for adults from 18 to 118 interested in joining an adult confirmation class to learn and laugh together as we deepen our connection to Jewish traditions and texts. The culmination of our studies will be a joyous confirmation service on Erev Shavuot on May 16th. 
If you are interested in joining the class, or just in learning more, please call the Rabbi at 917-224-4792.
February 5, 2021
Harriet Bogart 
Nathan Goldberg *
Emma Greenwald *
Gussie Siegel *
Hersh Blumin *
Max Dichter *
Abigail Wolchok 
Dr. David Silverman *
Maurice Silverman 
Kalman Weis 
Martha Leef 
Joshua Kemeny 
Rabbi Marcus Kramer *
Alexander Meltser 
Harry Nison 
Caroline Stern *
Robert Henken 
Harvey I. Sonnenblick 
Stanley Waldman *
Richard Diamond *
Solomon Eugene Hirsh *
Hela Mydlarz

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Rachella Gurtfein
Zisel Zaydman
Franciszek Tyminski
Elize Odewald
Rivkah Bugajski

February 12, 2021
Edward C. Frey, Jr 
Maurice Quartin *
Abraham Talisman 
Marie Dub *
Irving Blackman 
Solomon Feldman 
Minnie Harris 
Rose Soren Jablon *
Anita Jurikson 
Ruth Tiger 
Joseph R. Carlton *
Eleanor Goldberg 
Morris Lewis 
Howard Rosenblum *
Milton Weiss 
Max Yanowitz *
Charles Baver *
Rosella Cohen 
Barbara Freedman 
Josie Machol *
Simon Schwartz *
Gerald Silberlight

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Rachel Hojnatski
Mathias Zillinger
Itzhak Druckman
Henriëtte Franken
David Julius Turksma
February 19, 2021
Joseph Andrews 
Bella Leder 
Abraham Lipson *
Tillie Yanowitz *
Robert Harper 
Allan Weissglass 
Milton Feigelman 
Paul Jurikson 
Bessie Bleiman 
Louis Harrison 
Dr. David Machol *
Lillian Selznick *
Evelina Shapiro 
Leonard Winer *
Nancy Kerstein

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Wilhelm Steinberg
Rywka Futerman
Eli Gottheimer
Isaak Dwinger
Lucjan Kowalec

February 26, 2021
Jerome Fried *
Esther Grossman *
Walter Hanibal 
Jacob Rabin *
Freda Rosenblum *
Amy Smith 
Charles Kaner 
Dorothy Siegel *
Marcus Soloff *
Morris Heitowit *
Anna Rodale 
Joseph Sitler 
Thomas McGowan 
Ruth Mulnick 
Barney Sher *
Sarah Samith 
Isabelle Slamow

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Fejwisch Frejberg
Guy Pineau
Ede Bardos
Helga Buxbaum
Hermann Tanzer
* These names are on our Memorial Wall.
About the Weekly Yahrzeit List...

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion about who is listed on the Yahrzeit List each Shabbat.  The list consists of three parts.

The first part is only read when there has been a recent death in the congregational family, and is introduced by “….recently taken from our midst.”  In this section, we list congregants who have passed away, or the seven closest family members of a congregant as defined by those for whom a mourner is traditionally obligated to sit shiva:  spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter.  These names are included weekly for the month after their funeral.

The second part of the list is preceded by the phrase “We recall the names of our loved ones whose Yahrzeit is observed this week” and it consists of those whose yahrzeits (death anniversary) fall from Saturday to the next Friday.  These names come from the compilation of names of people our congregants have submitted that they wish to remember annually on either the Hebrew or Gregorian anniversary of their passing.  It is not limited to family members outlined above and can include grandparents, in-laws or others of significance to you.  You have the opportunity to add names every year with the papers that come with the renewal of your annual commitment. You can also add names at any time by writing to the Temple Office.  These names are kept from year to year.  Those who have had a memorial plaque dedicated to their name will be read each year regardless of your membership status.

The third part of the list contains the name of several Holocaust victims from the list we have obtained from Yad Vashem as of way of remembering those who have no one to say Kaddish for them

As you may have noticed, after Rabbi has finished reading the Yahrzeit List, he invites Service attendees to offer additional names for any period of mourning.  This is an opportunity to mention anyone important to you.

Please be aware that the second and third part of the weekly Yahrzeit List are printed in E-Shalom each month.  Also, you will receive a letter from Rabbi prior to the Yahrzeit that the name will be read on an upcoming Shabbat and a reminder when to light a Yahrzeit candle if that is your practice.  You can also make a donation in your loved one’s memory in the Shabbat program the week his or her name is read.

If you have any further questions about the weekly Yahrzeit List, please feel free to reach out to us through the Temple office.
We are sorry if your name was inadvertently omitted. Please contact John 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. 
As soon as we are able to celebrate Shabbat together
in person at Temple Israel,
we will celebrate all the Birthdays and Anniversaries
that we missed at a very special Oneg!

In the meantime, please celebrate with us at our Zoom Shabbat Services on the 1st Friday of each month.
We appreciate you sending in your contributions toward these wonderful Onegs!
Erev Shabbat Services

Friday, February 5
Celebration of February Birthdays & Anniversaries
Service at 7:00 p.m.
via ZOOM
followed by
Shabbat Sweets & Schmooze
Virtual Oneg

Friday, February 12
Service at 7:30 p.m.
via ZOOM

Friday, February 19
Service at 7:30 p.m.
via ZOOM

Friday, February 26
Service at 7:30 p.m.
via ZOOM
Torah Study and Shabbat Services
Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Fellow Parents, Grandparents and Congregants,

We are now in the second half of the school year and thinking about
how we can connect and see each other in person later this spring. The
Parents’ Committee will be meeting on February 28th at 9:30am right
before Religious School. Please join us if you would like to discuss possibilities for outdoor, in-person classes this spring. The link to this meeting is: meet.google.com/ger-ifns-tbk. This link will be
emailed out to all Religious School families again prior to this month's meeting.

In the meantime, we would love to see as many students involved in our Purim Spiel this year as possible. While this spiel will be virtual, it is an activity that can bring us together. Even more exciting, it
is being written, filmed and directed by Religious School Alumnus Phineas Larson! Please email Phin at plarson@statenislandacademy.org by Monday, January 25th to be cast in this performance!

I'm excited to see many of you on Friday, February 5th at 7:00pm for our family Shabbat Service and to enjoy our delicious dessert Oneg treats together after the service. It is not too late to order an Oneg box for $10. Please see the flyer in this bulletin or email me for
more details.

See you soon!

Felicia Otto
If you have not finalized your commitment to Temple Israel for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year by December 31, 2020, you will no longer be considered a "MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING”.  As such, you will no longer be entitled to the benefits of Rabbinical services or any other membership benefits.  

If you have any questions about your membership at this time please contact me at 917-838-6675 or email me at tmplisrfinsec@aol.com.

Jennifer Straniere
Financial Secretary
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Many thanks to Lincoln Richman for his program “Rhythm and Jews”. It brought back so many fun memories of our “earlier years”.

Programs to come —

Tuesdays, February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23 at 7:30 —
No fee, but donations to the Adult Learning Fund are gratefully appreciated. RSVP to judithpessah@gmail.com.

Wednesdays, February 3 and 10 at 7:30 —
with Karen O’Donnell Tennenbaum

******Sunday, February 21, at 4PM —
The tour — “HAPPY HOUR IN PARIS’. Put on your Beret and Scarf and grab a glass of wine!
with Karen and the Sight Seekers Delight Team.

(FYI — Judy and her daughter Sari have gone on the tour with Karen,
in reality, and it was fabulous).
This is a 90 minute Zoom experience with a question and answer session, and some recipes to try. 
A donation of $18 is suggested to the Adult Learning Fund. Please make out and send check to Temple Israel. Write Adult Learning Fund in the memo.

Mark your Calendar —
Wednesdays March 3 and 10, Continuation of ART HISTORY!
                   Wednesdays March 17, 24, 31, and April 14 — FILM
                   Details to follow.

Cheryl Levine and Judith Pessah
Adult Learning Committee Co-Chairpersons
Bryn Biren & Terry Baver
Avis Foundation
We continue to plan activities for children and parents to keep us busy during the cold winter months. 

On Fridays, February 5th and 19th our pre-teens and teens are invited back to The Resource Room at 534 Forest Avenue. From 2:45-4:45 pm they will enjoy game playing, learn leadership skills and will have a lot of laughs. This is so important during this time of social isolation.

For the parents we will be offering Photography classes on Wednesdays, February 3rd and February 10th at 7:30 PM. Karen O’Donnell will be showing us how to use a special app on our I-phones to edit our own pictures - creating professional looking shots.

We are also excited to bring back ART WITH MARK MEYER, who will continue to teach us about famous and not so famous artists. We will also learn about art techniques and art movements. The classes are on Wednesday evenings, February 17, 24 and March 3,10 at 7:30 PM. 
If you are interested in attending contact BRYN BIREN at MsBunny7@aol.com.

You can also look forward to March, when Mickey Tennenbaum will begin a series of Film Classes. They will take place on Wednesday nights, March 17, 24, 31 and April 14. If you are interested contact BRYN BIREN at MsBunny7@aol.com.

If you know of any young family that might be interested in joining our Temple Israel family please contact Terry Baver at Terryqbaver@gmail.com or Bryn Biren at MsBunny7@aol.com. We will contact them immediately.

Stay safe and join us for all of our planned events!
Terry Baver & Bryn Biren

Please join the FUNdraising committee Saturday Feb 27, 2020 at 7:15 for a Virtual Comedy Night. $20/person and if you want to be entered for more raffles an additional $10. RSVP by Feb 15, 2020. If you can't participate a donation would be appreciated. See flyer below for more details.

Save the date: Saturday May 1, 2020 for our next fundraiser. Details to follow closer to the event date.
Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey-Gamoran, Lissa Winchel
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Thanks to all who are helping Sue Freedman as she recovers from ankle surgery.  If you are able to prepare a meal or buy a meal, please let Pamela Rogozin know.

Condolences to the Winchel family on the loss of Neil’s father, Seymour.  A meal will be delivered for the family as they sit shiva or for Shabbat as requested.

Both Rebecca and Duane Hand are recovering albeit slowly.  They may need help in the future with doctor and/ or therapy appointments, meals, etc. and will let us know.  Calls and/or texts are now welcome.

We are all proud of our strong community as we help one another!

Pamela Carlton
Caring Community Co-Chair
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.
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 
  • Confirmation 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 
  • Rabbi Michael D. Howald Fund for Social Action and Tikkun Olam

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.

To see list of all recent
Tributes and Program
Donations to Funds...
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