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 - MARCH 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.

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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

      The United States will soon surpass a heartbreaking milestone; a half-million people who have died in our country from COVID-19 since the first reported death in the late winter of last year. The number is already too large to grasp.  Knowing that the number of deaths will continue to climb, perhaps at a slower pace but still increasing, only adds to the anguish. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic on our shores, how do we react to such staggering loss?  How do we remember and honor those we have lost? How do we continue to find hope even as the pandemic continues to spread to every corner of the world?
         Jewish history and tradition provide some tentative lessons to consider, not just because we have been victims of Holocaust and pogrom, but because we insist on remembering our catastrophes as well as our triumphs. Over centuries, we have adopted rituals and embraced prayers that ensure the dead are not forgotten, even as we cherish the living and encourage bravery and resilience in the face of disaster. Each tragedy is, of course, unique. As we seek ways to recall and respect those we have lost during an ongoing pandemic, of course, our ideas can only be preliminary. Nevertheless, the toll of this modern plague calls upon us all, each touched in ways large and small by this deadly disease, to find ways to remember those taken and comfort those who remain.
         When the Israeli Knesset considered how to remember the Shoah and a death toll more than 6 million Jews, for example, the debate focused on how to pick one day to recall a Holocaust that occurred on every day of the calendar. The date eventually chosen, the 27th day of Nisan, had no special significance and pleased no one. Consequently, different parts of the Jewish community commemorate the Holocaust on different days and the international community remembers the Nazi genocide on an entirely different date. This division gives us three different days to remember a genocide we could recall on any day of the year. Even so, this division of dates also fragments our community into distinct pockets of observance, each committed to its different days and rituals. When the time comes to think of a community-wide remembrance for those lost to COVID-19, accordingly, Jewish history teaches us to carefully consider whether we will have one national or international day of observance or several dates allocated to days significant to various countries or communities.
Jewish tradition also counsels us to remember, not 6 million or 500,000 lost altogether, but each individual loss, every death a loss and a tragedy. To lose one life, the Talmud teaches, is to lose an entire world. The Jewish people’s experience with staggering losses teaches us that remembering the individual worlds we have lost will acknowledge the reality and the scope of the loss we have suffered far better than relying on abstract numbers, no matter how high. To paraphrase Rabbi Marc Gellman’s eulogy at Yankee stadium after 9/11, ‘not 3,000 lives lost, but one whole person who died 3,000 times.’ As with that terrible loss of life, so should it be with the lives lost to this pandemic.
         When the 1918 pandemic ended after two years of waves after waves of death and illness, the world resolved to forget about the Spanish flu and its victims. Although experts estimate that over 50 million perished worldwide, approximately 675,000 of them from the United States, you will find little mention of it in literature, art, or music from the time and almost no lasting monuments or ceremonies. Some ascribe the absence of remembrance to the trauma of World War I, which overlapped in time with part of the pandemic. Others attribute the absence of memorial to the stunning number of the dead.  Whatever the reason, the absence of memory of the last great plague, even in the generation that lived through it, denied later generations the opportunity to remember and learn.  Jewish tradition, in contrast, emphasizes the importance of memory, as both a source of comfort and a resource for those who come after. May we not forget these lessons even as we now see the possibility of an end to this tragic plague.
Rabbi Michael Howald   
A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

In January we contemplated December snow and the benefits of Zoom. Maybe our contemplation was a foreshadowing of what we dealt with last month.  Kudos to Zoom for keeping us in contact with each other during a weather-challenged month.
In our February column we compared ourselves to our ancestors wandering in the desert.    Little did we know that after 26 inches of snow last month, we could have used some desert climate to melt the white stuff.  Let’s hope that the 15+ foot mounds of snow in parking lots will be melting sooner than later.  
Before the blizzards, we got some welcome news:  Student Cantor Shirel Richman had decided to extend her stay at Temple Israel for another year.  And as you see at our Shabbat services, we get the bonus of her gifted husband Lincoln and his musical talents as well.
In 2020, as you may recall, the Purim service was the last major in-person gathering we had.  This year, Phin Larsen did an incredible job writing the Shpiel about showing Haman and Esther entangled with the Star War universe.  Purim is the most raucous service in our liturgy, and Zoom could not slow that spirit down.
We now look forward to celebrating Passover in a virtual world.  Again, we find that our minhag is forced to cope with the reality of the pandemic.  The long-range planning for it has resulted in a magnificent solution.  Temple members will be able to purchase their complete Seder meals, including ritual items, which will come with a link to our Zoom Seder Experience led by Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Shirel Richman.  In order to help make this an interactive Seder, each participating family will be loaned copies of our Haggadah to be used during the Seder.
Looking ahead to next month, our Yom HaShoah observance will include testimony from Holocaust survivor Arthur Spielman who, as child, escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and was hidden in an orphanage before finally making his way to the United States.  Be sure to mark your calendars and save Wednesday night, April 7, to hear him and join with us as we remember the Jews of Nachod, whose Torah resides in our Ark. 
We are hopeful that as the Covid-19 vaccines become more available, we will all be able to maintain our good health as we move into the Spring season.  Please know that our Spiritual Home, Temple Israel, is well and being prepared for us to return to in-person activities.  We are preparing to Livestream our Services which will allow us to continue meeting the needs of our Congregants who are not yet able to return to the Temple while allowing us to accommodate those who are anxious to return to services within our Sanctuary. 
We are grateful to all of you who have actively participated in the many activities that have been and will continue to be scheduled as we move forward together strong religious institution. 

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,

This month, we will be celebrating the holiday of Passover - the holiday where we celebrate freedom. It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the pandemic began and our world changed so drastically all at once. In the past year, we lost so many of our freedoms – the freedom to leave our homes without concerns regarding our health, to spend time with friends in person, experience prayer, song and community together, and more. 

After Moses split the Red Sea, after the Israelites all crossed safely, and after the Egyptians were no longer a threat, the Israelites did not immediately arrive in the Promised Land. 

Even though the threat of COVID-19 is not behind us yet, we can see glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are becoming more and more available, and some of us have already started the process of getting vaccinated. Even though we all want to reach the promised land of in-person gatherings, spontaneous handshakes and hugs, we are not there yet. Every transition from lack-of-freedom to liberty takes time, adjustments and patience. Lots of patience. May we all be here to support each other’s challenges and remind ourselves that the danger is still out there even though we can almost feel the end of the pandemic. Instead, let me offer this:

Passover is a celebration of freedom and coming out from slavery to a world where we can make our own choices. As we celebrate this year, I would like to invite you to think about special moments this year, where in spite of the restrictions, you experienced a sense of freedom. Were you able to attend events online that you never thought you would have access to before because of distance? Were you able to spend time with loved ones from different sides of the globe from the comfort of your own living room? Were you able to “jump” from one event to another with a click of a button without having to commute, pay a toll, or pay for gas? 

The Jewish tradition teaches us to experience life through a lens of gratitude. Even the smallest moments in a time of crisis can bring so much joy and tie us to our community, our people and our tradition. 

How do you experience freedom these days?

Happy “March” to freedom and Happy Passover!

Shirel Richman
Student Cantor

Adult Choir Rehearsals (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 2- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 30- 7:00 p.m.

Junior Choir Rehearsals (Virtual)
Sunday, March 7 - 12 noon
Sunday, March 14 - 12 noon
Sunday, March 21 - 12 noon

If you would like to join the Choir, please contact Student Cantor Shirel Richman at scantorrichman@gmail.com.
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
We had such fun at our first-ever Sample(d) Sale last month. Thank you so much to everyone who generously donated such wonderful items and to all those who supported Sisterhood by making purchases. Thanks to all the members of the committee who organized, picked up, delivered, e-mailed and recorded: Claire Guttsman, Felicia Otto, Nina Rohan, Shariann Ganz, Jodi Siegel and, especially, Jesse Siegel for all their hard work in making this event a success. We can't wait to do it again. We hope everyone enjoys their new acquisitions.

We hope you continue to enjoy your Purim Shalach Manot gifts. We are grateful to all of this year's sponsors for generously supporting this annual initiative and for making it possible for us to do this Purim Mitzvah for each of our congregant families and to make monetary donations to Hebron, Birthright, and AZM’s Purim Connection which provides Mishloach Manot to frontline responders to the COVID-19 pandemic in Israel. We do have a few extra baskets, so if you would like to purchase additional bags, please contact our wonderful committee chairs, Linda Hanibal, Blanche Ricci and Deanna Feder who did such an amazing job, once again.  To each of them, and to Susie Goldstein, Beverly Mazer, Karen Gross, Felicia Otto, Jodi Siegel, Shariann Ganz and the Hanibal Family who helped package and distribute these gifts, we say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You”.
Our three Shalach Manot Committee Co-Chairs -
Deanna Feder, Blanche Ricci and Linda Hanibal.
Sponsors' Baskets
Congregants Shalach Manot Gifts
You won't want to miss our upcoming Sisterhood General Membership Meeting on Sunday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. We will have a very special musical program celebrating the Life and Music of Debbie Friedman presented by Student Cantor Shirel Richman and Lincoln Richman. If you don't know who Debbie Friedman was, you do know her music. From “Mischeberach” and “L’chi Lach” to the “Alef Bet Song”, Debbie's music has had a profound effect on Reform Judaism and on us at Temple Israel.  You will not want to miss this very special program. If you are not a member or friend of Sisterhood and would like to attend for a small donation, please contact Jodi Siegel at Siegel23@aol.com prior to March 12th. 
Our Nominating Committee continues to work diligently to prepare our Slate of Officers for next year and is designing a new and creative model to develop new leadership in our organization.  We continue to be grateful for all their efforts.  If you are interested in a leadership position in Sisterhood, please contact Ellen Birch, Pamela Carlton, Nina Rohan, Shari Stein Ballow or Judith Pessah.  

PASSOVER is just around the corner. 
·      We are, once again, working with Kaplan Kosher Caterers to provide our congregants with a complete Seder Meal for the first night of Passover on Saturday, March 27th.  The deadline for ordering is March 18th.  All participants will be provided with the link to our Zoom Seder led  by Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Richman.  For those who need them, the Ritual Committee will be lending copies of our Passover Haggadah to all participants and Rabbi Howald will be arranging for Seder attendees to take parts in the Seder. Fill out the Passover Seder Flyer and send it, with payment, to the temple c/o Jennifer Straniere.  If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Siegel or Jennifer Straniere.  .  
·      Our KFP Food Drive is still up and running.  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.  If you have questions, please contact Maxine Cohen.   
·      Sisterhood members can expect to receive an electronic copy of our new KOSHER FOR PASSOVER COOKBOOK!  It is currently in the process of being completed and will get to everyone before Passover begins!  Thanks to Judy Lee, Silvia Gornstein and Pamela Rogozin who are spearheading this initiative.
Sisterhood is launching a brand new and different fundraiser to run through the months of March and April.  We hope you will join us in this easy and delicious way to support Sisterhood and help us to sustain Temple Israel.  Just click on the link in the flyer below and order your fabulous, tasty popcorn directly from the Popcornoplis website.  Your order will be delivered directly to you or whomever you choose, and Sisterhood will receive 50% of the cost of your order.  Anyone can use the link, so please do share it with your family and friends.  Whether you like kettle corn, zebra, cheddar or unicorn popcorn, it’s all delicious…..we promise!  We thank you in advance for your generous support.

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 February 7th. Although it was a brief meeting, it gave us the opportunity to discuss the business of Brotherhood. More importantly we had the time to schmooze and catch up and have an open forum to discuss anything that was on your mind..

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. The candles will be distributed by volunteer members of the Brotherhood. It will be left on your door or mailbox in a Yellow Plastic Bag. This distribution will take place beginning the week of March 21.

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

MARCH 2021


BLANCHE RICCI and the entire Ricci Family on the loss of BOBBY RICCI, husband, father and grandfather.

Former member DR. IRA PISETZNER & family on the loss of his wife, BARBARA PISETZNER


REBECCA TRONZ, mother of RHONDA TRONZ-ALLEN, recovering from a broken wrist



Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a major Jewish spring festival celebrating freedom and family as we remember the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The main observances of this holiday center around a special home service called the seder, which includes a festive meal, the prohibition on eating chametz, and the eating of matzah.On the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the Haggadah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. The Haggadah helps us retell the events of the Exodus, so that each generation may learn and remember this story that is so central to Jewish life and history.
Passover is celebrated for either seven or eight days, depending on family and communal custom. In Israel and for most Reform Jews around the world, Passover is seven days, but for many other Jews, it is eight days.

It is the month of March and we are looking forward to warmer weather and hopefully the ability to pray in person soon. However, our continued dependence on the Zoom platform makes it possible to be together while apart. We are grateful to the Membership Committee for the Virtual Oneg they sponsored on February 4th.   Also, to Rabbi Howald, Student Cantor Shirel Richman, Lincoln Richman as well as the Megillah readers and Phineas Larsen and his mother Remy Smith, and the cast and crew of the Purim Shpiel which was written by Phineas and filmed and produced by Phineas and his mother.  Also, to Sisterhood for the special Shalach Manot, all of which contributed to a joyous Purim celebration.   
Looking ahead, Refugee Shabbat will be acknowledged at the Family Service on March 5th at 7:00 PM.   
Passover begins on Saturday evening March 27th, the night of the first Seder.  Sisterhood is sponsoring a first night Seder on Zoom starting at 6:30PM and you can purchase your Kosher for Passover individual meals by Kaplan Caterers thru Sisterhood, to be picked up on Saturday afternoon.  Please see information and flyers from Sisterhood in this bulletin.  Please note that a first day Passover Service is Sunday morning March 28th at 10:30 AM on Zoom.  The seventh day Passover Service that includes a Yizkor Service will be Saturday morning April 3rd at 10:30 AM following Torah Study which will begin on Zoom at 9:30AM that Saturday.
On Wednesday, April 7th Temple Israel will be observing Yom Hashoah.  Our speaker is scheduled to be survivor Arthur Spielman.  More information will be provided soon.
We continue 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 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 and wishing you and your families a Zissen Pesach.

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 February:
Ariella and Scott Feldman, Susie and Maurice Goldstein, Robin Howald, Joseph Gamoran,
Rhonda Trontz-Allen and Barbara Feigelman. 

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.
March 5, 2021
Sylvia Polonsky
Jacques Pessah *
Elinor May
Sadie Mogol *
Thomas Sparacio
Blanche Dembiner
Estelle Kleinman *
Harry Levee *
Albert Rosen *
Ella Small
Ida Baver *
Felix Ecker *
Moises Gornstein
Ethel Kessler *
Edward Lipsitz *
David Sappin
Harry Siegel *
Howard Wolodiger *
Margaret Guttman
Max Kadin *
William Levine
Elaine Schnittman *
Lena Tannenbaum

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Leibl Dankewicz
Sarah Handleman
Genya Wilhelm
Ernone Adorjan
Hava Zylbersztajn

March 12, 2021
Samuel Smith *
Sidney Lachman *
Carl Litkofsky
Cecily Marianne Sostek
Veronica Balogh
Mary Curatola
Norman Feigelman
Michael Levine
Mark James Sheirr *
Falik Bronzaft
Ida Grober
Charles Overberger
Bertram Bronzaft
Israel Pisetzner *
Michael Sorkin
Rose Sugarman
Esther Bierman
Luz Burstein *
Robert Stakofsky *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Francisia Lovas
Alfred Bloch
Johann Stempen
Wilhelm Busch
Fritz Bildner
March 19, 2021
Beni Kessler *
William Pollack *
Eleanor Weinberg
Aida Josel Brouse *
Caroline Elrich
Greta Newman *
Samuel Tepper *
Harriet Simmons *
Emanuel Sugerman
Thelma Fuller
Mollie Kantrowitz
Daniel Shapiro
Alice W. Blach
Helene Sparber
George Schwartz *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Ester Lemberg
Moritz Klamper
Anzelm Paszkowski
Moshe Schaechter
Dezso Komlos

March 26, 2021
Jerry Fleishman
Sheila Blit
Phyllis Brennan
James Levy *
Gertrude Doria
Ida Herman *
Lena Levinson *
Jack Sugar
Steven Schreiber *
Lori Singer-Olson
Jeffrey Walters
Florence Rubin

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Franz Hermann
Zelma Dornhard
Wilhelm Sieburg
Henryk Sendys
Adam Pawelak
* 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, March 5
Celebration of March
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Service at 7:00 p.m.
via ZOOM

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

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

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

Fellow Families and Congregants, 

As we welcome March, we prepare for Passover celebrations within our religious school community. On Sunday, March 21st, school will run special programs for our students to celebrate and learn more about Passover. Students will be in two different groups: 1st grade-4th grade with Student Cantor Shirel and 5th-6th grade with Rabbi Howald. Our assembly programs will include the ever-popular Kahoot competition. Stay tuned for how you can win one of our prizes in our Kahoot Passover challenge!

We continue our Passover celebrations with Passover “take home” kits including all materials for students to make their own Seder plates and make their own chocolate covered matzah! This activity is funded and planned in collaboration with the AVIS foundation. We currently have 29 students participating and there are a few days left if you would like to reserve your free Passover kit! Please let me know by Friday, March 5th. 

We encourage you to make your reservations for Temple Israel’s Annual Passover Seder sponsored by Sisterhood.  This is wonderful opportunity for our children to experience and participate in a traditional seder and Passover meal. This year’s virtual Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Shirel Richman.  Please see the details on the flyer elsewhere in this bulletin.  

As spring is hopefully around the corner, stay tuned for some in-person outdoor special events in April and May!

Happy Passover and be well!

Felicia Otto
Become part of our community by participating in our community. Temple Israel is where community happens.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been about a year since we have all been able to be together in person. However, it’s a tribute to Temple Israel and to all of us that, despite the isolating conditions of the pandemic, we have remained a strong and active Temple community.
What does Zoom have to offer us and friends or neighbors who might be interested in joining?

·      Social connection and a sense of belonging, which is so very important at this time
·      Connection  to our Rabbi and Student Cantor who help us add the dimensions of spirituality and holiness to our lives
·      Shabbat and holiday services
·      Saturday morning Torah study
·      Hebrew School
·      Choir and Junior Choir
·      Creative activities and special programming for young families
·      A wide variety of learning opportunities for adults 
·      Opportunities to engage in Tikkun Olam to help those in our community who are less fortunate than we are
·      Engagement with fellow congregants through Brotherhood and Sisterhood
·      Connections to our national affiliates- The Union for Reform Judaism and Women of Reform Judaism
·      Opportunities to enjoy Shabbat dinner and even a Shabbat Oneg in virtual groups on Zoom

All of the above and more have been possible on Zoom over the past year. Eat-Pray-Learn-Laugh-Sing and Schmooz with us!
If you know of anyone who is interested in joining our Temple, please have them contact the Membership Committee through the Temple Office.

KEEP FOLLOWING THE UPDATES THROUGH THE WEEKLY NEWS ‘N NOTES. If you’d like to share some thoughts about how Temple Israel has sustained you over these past months, please e-mail Libby Gershansky (eng2ndlang@aol.com) and we will include your thoughts in our upcoming Membership columns.
April 8, 2021
If you did not finalize your commitment to Temple Israel for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year by December 31, 2020, you are 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 Karen O’Donnell Tennenbaum for her comprehensive Cell Phone Photography Program and her devotion to our congregants success in learning new skills!

We are grateful to Jennifer Korten for beginning our Meditation Program. There was a large turnout of people whose contentment and ability to cope with the Pandemic, has been increased immensely. See below for schedule. Let us know your feelings on continuing the program further!

Merci beaucoup to Tour Guide Karen Reb Rudel, a Jewish lady from Johnstown, Pa., who prepared and led us through a virtual tour of Le Marais, the Jewish section of Paris. It was wonderful! Let me know if you would be interested in touring Paris once again with Karen and her organization, Sight Seeker’s Delight.

And thanks to Mark Meyer who will continue his informative and thought challenging Art History Program.

Programs to Come——

Wednesdays, March 3 and 10, 7:30 — Art History,  with Mark Meyer. RSVP — Bryn Biren, MsBunny7@aol.com

Tuesdays, March 9 and 23, 7:30 — Meditation, with Jennifer Korten. RSVP — Judy Pessah, judithpessah@gmail.com
No fee—Donations to Adult Learning Fund suggested!

Wednesdays, March 17, 24, 31, April 14 , 7:30 — American Film History: The Golden Age of Hollywood, with Mickey 
Tennenbaum. See flyer for details and viewing instructions. RSVP —Bryn Biren, MsBunny7@aol.com

Possibility—Please let us know your interest in a program aimed at answering some of your computer usage questions!

Cheryl Levine and Judith Pessah
Adult Learning Committee Co-Chairpersons
Bryn Biren & Terry Baver
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The weather may still be cold, we may still be isolated, but we are definitely filling in the gap with activities planned for the month of March.
We continue with the GAMES, GAMES, GAMES program for our older children at The Resource Room ( 534 Forest Avenue), twice each month, on Fridays at 2:45 PM. The younger children, ages 6-9, will also have the opportunity to engage in game playing and social interaction, with distancing constantly in mind. If your child is interested contact Bryn Biren at MsBunny7@aol.com.

The adult education classes continue for parents. On Wednesday nights, March 3 and March 10, MARK MEYER continues his Art History classes at 7:30 PM. The class on March 3rd touches upon the topic,
“The Avant-Garde, Kitsch & Culture”. Mark is personable and the classes are very enjoyable. No participation is necessary, just come and listen!
We continue to inform with “ American Film History: The Golden Age of Hollywood”, taught by Mickey Tennenbaum, teacher at Wagner College. The classes will take place on Wednesday nights, March 17, 24, 31 and April 14 at 7:30 PM. Films will be viewed before each class, and then discussed by the group. Attend the sessions that are of interest to you. Contact Bryn Biren at MsBunny7@aol.com if you are interested in either course.

We are also providing lovely “CREATE- YOUR -OWN SEDER PLATES” for our Temple Israel children in celebration of Passover. There are two options, one for younger children, the other for older ones. If you are interested, please intact Felicia Otto at feliciaholtzman@gmail.com or Terry Baver at Terryqbaver@gmail.com to receive this free kit. These are provided due to the generosity of the Avis Foundation.
If you know of any young families who would like more information about Temple Israel Reform Congregation, just contact Bryn or Terry. We will contact them immediately.
Stay safe, stay well!
Terry Baver & Bryn Biren

Thank you to all who participated in our Virtual Comedy Night. I was a very successful and funny night.

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey-Gamoran, Lissa Winchel
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A congratulatory card was sent to Shannen & Jordan Kolesar as they moved into their new home right next door to Shannen’s parents, Michael and Pamela Rogozin.  Another card was sent to Jordan Padilla, grandson of Larry and Shari Stein Ballow, on placing third out of 130 in a recent chess tournament.

The congregation faced losses this month as well:  In Florida. former long term member Barbara Pisetzner, wife of Dr. Ira Pisetzner, cousin of Linda Brill and in-law of Barbara Fried; Herman Levinsky in Florida, grandfather of Brian Levinsky and his wife Brianna and great grandfather of Sam and Marty; Bobby Ricci, beloved husband of Blanche Ricci, father of Gillian and Eric, father-in-law of Meg and grandfather of Aaron…details on contributions of food gift cards  can be made by contacting Beverly Mazer. The family is very appreciative of the contributions already made including those from Temple Israel South in Florida.

A get well card was sent to Rebecca Trontz, mother of Rhonda Trontz-Allen, recovering from a broken wrist.

Please consider donating to Caring Community in the weekly programs as we celebrate our Temple community.

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.

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