Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island
315 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
Rabbi Michael D. Howald                     Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Co-Presidents Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
E-Shalom - OCTOBER 2018
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

On Yom Kippur morning, I spoke about the importance of making a meaningful apology when we hurt or injure those we love. The importance of this subject transcends the Days of Awe. Below, I offer a condensed version of my sermon.  May the year to come be a year of joy, health and reconciliation for us all!
In his book, On Apology, Aaron Lazare, a psychiatrist and Chancellor and Dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, studied thousands of apologies over a decade of research and came to some illuminating conclusions about making a meaningful apology. “One of the most profound human interactions,” he wrote, “is the offering and accepting of apologies.” A proper apology can heal humiliations and grudges, remove the desire for retaliation, and generate forgiveness on the part of the offended parties. An incomplete or insincere apology, on the other hand, can be more destructive than no apology at all.
Jewish tradition corresponds with Lazare’s research on the importance and healing properties of sincere apologies. The Mishnah, a compendium of Jewish laws and principles from antiquity, asks us to seek pardon through confession and contrition offered to those we have injured through words or deeds. From these ancient principles, confirmed by Lazare’s research, we can derive some important characteristics of a meaningful apology. An apology should acknowledge the offense in a way that makes clear who inflicted injury and who suffered because of it. A true apology also usually Involves an offer to restore, to the extent possible, that which was taken or damaged by the offending conduct, be it psychic well-being or physical injury or loss. The apology should, in addition, include a sincere statement of regret as well as a statement of intent not to repeat the offending conduct in the future.
As these principles make clear, forgiveness is not achieved in Jewish tradition solely by the generosity of the one who accepts our apology.  It is also the product of the hard work of  teshuva , sincere repentance, in which we expose our failings and weaknesses, even to the point of risking rejection from those we have injured.  An apology, Aaron Lazare points out, can heal a wound by restoring dignity and assuring those we have injured that we jointly respect the same values of decency and morality.  Perhaps more importantly, a genuine apology assures the victim that the perpetrator acknowledges the injury they inflicted. Forgiveness without a meaningful apology comes with no such acknowledgement or restoration.
The Sages of our tradition taught that the place where the Master of  teshuva stands, not even the completely righteous can stand, for they have conquered their evil inclination to an extent that even the completely righteous have not achieved. As it is for the master of  teshuva , so it is for the master of apologies. They don’t finesse their way around an acknowledgment of wrongdoing, they name their offense out loud and they listen to the pain of those they have injured without condescension or the expectation of easy or painless forgiveness.   Our actions sometimes do harm and our words can further wound or initiate healing in the wake of the damage we have done. As we look forward to the year to come, may we remember that, even though we can offend and injure, we can also offer a sincere apology that heals and restores what we have taken.  Shana Tova!
Rabbi Michael D. Howald

A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

Let us begin by wishing you all a very Happy New Year. We hope that you enjoyed each of our High Holiday Services that you attended. And now that they have concluded, think back to when we were commenting on how early the holidays were this year!

In fact, all the preparations for our Holiday Services began so much earlier than many of you can imagine.

Last Spring, Rabbi Howald began working on each of the actual services as we transitioned to the full use of Mishkan HaNefesh, our new High Holiday prayer book. And with those changes came a challenge to our Ritual Committee to arrange for the many Congregants who would accept the honor of participating in our services. The Temple Calendar was developed and revised to allow for the choir rehearsals that would be led by our new Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey, who was also transitioning into her new position with us.  Using a new prayer book meant changes to the liturgy and changes in music as well.  A very special thank you goes to our Adult Choir for the many, many hours spent in rehearsal for their wonderful sounds that filled our Sanctuary. Organists and cellists were secured and rehearsed. And, of course, Sisterhood began preparing for the busy season:  polishing silver, preparing traditional gifts, planning for the various kiddushim, Break-the-Fast, Share-a-Dish dinners and luncheons that would complement our holiday services. Brotherhood began encouraging its members to assist with the building of our Sukkah in time for our Religious School children to decorate it, all the while securing servers for their annual Simchat Torah ice cream sundae extravaganza.  The House Committee was busy making sure that our building was in tip-top shape and, along with the Ritual Committee, making sure that chairs were set up and the appropriate prayer books were in the right places for each and every service.  Add to this, all the other Temple officers and dedicated congregants who assisted by making sure we had ushers, flowers, spice bags, challahs, wine, microphones, shofar blowers, etc., etc., etc.

As we write this article, Sukkot is already behind us and Simchat Torah celebrations are about to happen. The Ritual Committee, Brotherhood and Sisterhood and our Clergy are hard at work to make sure all runs smoothly.  

How fortunate we all are.

Again, L’Shana Tovah and our best wishes for a happy, healthy and active year at Temple Israel.

Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
Notes from Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
It is almost surreal to think that the High Holy Days have gone just as quickly as they came. I am inspired by a reading I came upon in our prayerbook, Mishkan Tefilah:
“If people fall, can they not also rise? If they break away, can
they not return? The stork in the sky knows when to migrate.
The dove and the swallow know the season of return. What
human instinct knows the time to turn back? What cue sparks
the conscience of the soul? We pray to sense this day anew,
attuned to the call of sacred living.”
In the wake of this season of renewal, I think about what it means to live a sacred life. How can we embody holiness and embrace ourselves as  klei kodesh , as holy vessels? Every year, Hebrew Union College faculty and rabbinical, cantorial, and education students get together at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Canaan, Connecticut for our  kallah , a few days of scholarly learning, reflection, and renewal. This year, our topic of focus was on the holiness in our lives. I walked away with one major thought that has carried me through this month: that the holiness we experience in our lives is a result of our openness to receiving that holiness. Holiness lies in connection, whether it be in the connections between us and other people, between us and God, between us and nature, or being connected with ourselves. For me, the key to finding that holiness is in our own vulnerability. When we are vulnerable, we look to others for guidance, to God for guidance, to our own strengths to uplift us. When we open ourselves up and put down our walls, we are more receptive to being inspired by the wisdom of others, and to making meaningful, deep connections with other people.
            As I begin my journey as your student cantor, I am inspired by the holy connections I have made and will continue to make in the year ahead. I have been inspired by the hard work and dedication of our incredible choir and accompanists as they gave countless hours of their time to help uplift our High Holy Days services. I am inspired by Rabbi Howald and his menschiness. I am inspired by how much this congregation truly takes to heart the phrase “it takes a village”. I am inspired to pray together every week. I find so much beauty in the fact that prayer is one of the most vulnerable things you can do, and yet, we do it together. Prayer asks us to step back put our lives into perspective, to make ourselves small, to hope. The fact that we come together as a community to do something so personal is so beautiful and so holy, and we draw on each other for strength. As we continue this journey of holiness together in the new year, may we continue to be inspired by each other and God and be open to finding and embracing the holiness in our lives. 

Shanah tova,
Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
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On Erev Rosh Hashanah, we had the privilege of lighting the Yom Tov candles using the brand new silver candlesticks donated in memory of two of our most beloved Sisterhood members, Ida and Josephine Grober. It was a bittersweet moment. There we were ushering in the New Year, having spent that morning greeting all our Religious School children and their parents and welcoming each of them with a Sisterhood gift of a toy shofar. We stood on the bimah, having been given this very special honor, looking out at our congregation, grateful for this very generous and beautiful donation, yet a little sad that Ida and Jo were no longer with us. As the flames burned and the blessings were sung, we looked at each name engraved on the candlesticks, Ida on one, Jo on the other, and were comforted to know that their spirit and their dedication to Sisterhood and to Temple Israel will always be with us.

Only a few days later, we welcomed some of Temple Israel's brand new members to our Congregation at the joint Sisterhood/Brotherhood Kick-off Breakfast. It was a wonderful day and a great meeting ending with a Sisterhood Scavenger Hunt which culminated in a celebration of the upcoming wedding of Sandy Mazzucco, one of our Vice-Presidents of Ways and Means. 

The Sisterhood of Temple Israel has always been and continues to be an amazing organization. We are lucky to be able to share each other’s joys and and support each other during troubled times.  We are there for each other during celebrations and sorrows. We work hard for Temple Israel in the hope that the beautiful and meaningful traditions, which have been passed down to us by those generations of dedicated congregants who came before us, continue.  But, we are worried.  We worry about the future of Sisterhood.  We are worried that we will not have anyone to whom we can pass these long-standing Sisterhood traditions.  

If you are new to our congregation, we want you to know that we are thrilled that you have chosen Temple Israel to be your spiritual home and the place to provide a religious education to your children. But we ask you to consider the future. Who will be here at Temple Israel to make sure that all the customs and traditions you want your children to learn are actually carried out?   Who will continue to make Temple Israel the congregation you chose to join? Hillel said,  "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" 

We urge you to become an active member of Sisterhood; it’s the best way to become involved in the life of Temple Israel.  Do it for your children and for our temple and for yourself.

In Sisterhood,
Shariann Ganz & Jodi Siegel
Co-President s

Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
Our Brotherhood kick off Breakfast was held on Sunday Sept 16. It was great to see everyone come out and enjoy the wonderful breakfast prepared by Pam Rogozin and her Sisterhood Committee.

After breakfast we left for the Library to discuss our Agenda. The Sukkah was put up on Sunday, Sept 23. Thanks to all of the men who came out to help. On Sunday evening, Sept. 30 our traditional Ice Cream Sundaes following the Erev Simchat Torah service promises to be as big a hit as always.

Looking ahead, we have begun planning our Community Chanukah Card, as well as our Chanukah Party for all of the children of the Temple. We will be planning many events as the year progresses. Details will become available once they are finalized. Please consider joining our group.

Brotherhood dues are only $45 and it covers many of the events and celebrations that we sponsor for the Congregation, and the children of our Temple. Please consider joining our group because together we can make a difference. A quick reminder, that if you are a new member to our Temple family your membership for the first year is complimentary.

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

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

Yours in Friendship and Brotherhood,
Jeff Ganz

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Mazel Tov
Maurice Schlefstein on being selected as an honoree at the JCC’s November 14 th Star of David dinner.

Jerry Mulnick on the passing of his sister, Phyllis Vaccarelli

Get Well
Joyce Kantrowitz, mother of Linda Hanibal.
 Pearl Brill, mother of Alan Brill.
Shariann Ganz, recovering from surgery.

A Warm Welcome to new members of our Community  
Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Samantha & Steven Scherer and son Alexander
Gayle & Jeffrey Chason and children Jacob, Shelby and Evan
Brianna & Brian Levinsky and son Sam
Tom & Allison Snell and children Eyiram, Ivy and Isaac

Welcome Back
Ellen, Jeff and Alyssa Birch
Marissa Solomon Garcia and children Phoenix and Raina

Sunday, September 30
Consecration of New Students and
Dancing with the Torah
Music from Rock of Israel
followed by an Ice Cream Oneg
6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 1
Yizkor Service
followed by a Dairy-Dish-To-Share Luncheon
10:30 a.m.
With Much Gratitude to this year's
High Holiday Donors.

Please consider adding your name to this list.

The High Holy Day season is always a busy one for the Ritual Committee.  
The decision to use the Machzor Mishkan HaNefesh for all High Holy Day Services required the rewriting and changing of cues and parts for congregational participants.  We thank all who accepted honors during the Services of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Their names are listed in a separate article in this E-Bulletin.  
The committee is also responsible for the Memory Book 5779 which was provided at the Yizkor Service on Yom Kippur.  Congregants and friends were contacted by mail and by phone follow-ups for updates to their Memory Book entries and for inquiring about new entries and new participants.  As always thank you to Jerry Gross for his computer expertise.
As we prepared for the Days of Awe, Selichot was observed on Saturday evening September 1 st . The evening included a light repast, a program titled “Does Sin Still Matter?” led by Rabbi Howald and Havdalah and Selichot Services led by Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Benrey using the prayer book  Mishkan HaLev .  During the Service the Torah Covers were changed to our white High Holy Day Covers.  We note that the Committee arranges for the Covers to be cleaned and coordinates with Sisterhood for the cleaning of the Ritual Silver prior to this observance. Thank you to Linda Brill, Pam Carlton, Blanche Ricci, Pamela Rogozin and Lynn Silberman for the silver polishing and to Shariann and Jeffrey Ganz for arranging for the cleaning of the white Torah Covers.
We thank Rabbi Howald, Student Cantor Benrey, our Adult Choir, organist Norman Linscheid and cellist Vincent Moncada for the beautiful and meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services.  Thank you to Shariann Ganz and Joanna Meltzer for organizing the children’s activities Rosh Hashanah morning.  Thank you to Sisterhood with Libby Gershansky and committee for the challah and cake and breadcrumbs after Rosh Hashanah morning Services for Tashlich and Jennifer Straniere and committee for the Break the Fast treats at the end of Yom Kippur. We also thank Jennifer for the spice bags for Havdalah on Selichot and Yom Kippur and for touching up our High Holy Day silk flower arrangements.  We thank Nina and Jim Rohan for the making of boutonnieres worn by our ushers during the High Holy Day Services.  
Festivities continued as Sukkot was celebrated on Sunday evening September 23 rd. The Service started at 7:30 PM led by our Rabbi and Student Cantor. We all had a chance to wave the Lulav and Etrog in six directions.  Thank you to Libby Gershansky for accompanying Linda to pick us the Lulav and Etrog sets for the Service.   The Service was preceded by a Sisterhood sponsored Dairy Dish to Share Dinner.  Special thanks to Shariann Ganz and her committee for organizing the well attended Festive Dinner and the Brotherhood who built the Sukkah early Sunday morning. Rabbi also led Morning Sukkot Services the next day. 
Please be sure to join us on Erev Simchat Torah Services at 6:00 PM on Sunday September 30 th . Our new students will be blessed and there will be singing, dancing and parading with the Torahs.  The Rock of Israel Band will be featured along with our Student Cantor.  The Brotherhood Ice Cream Oneg follows.  Morning Simchat Torah/Yizkor Services are at 10:30AM on Monday October 1 st followed by Bring a Dairy Dish to Share Lunch.

Linda Brill and Jeffrey Ganz

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

Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Bryn Biren, Claire Bleiman,
Maxine Cohen, Brian Cortijo, Deanna Feder, Barbara
Feigelman, Susan Freedman, Barbara Fried, Judy
Pessah, Jodi Siegel and Inez Singer.

Nina Rohan
 Ushering Chair
OCTOBER 5, 2018
Victor Pessah *
Lillian Winer *
Mary Borack *
Loretta Grossman
Laura Don
Dr. Lewis Gross
Irving Grossman
Howard Bierman
Beatrice Simon *
Rose Rosen
Helene Werb *


OCTOBER 12, 2018
Rubin Levine *
Harvey Don
Benjamin Herman *
Minde Herman
Kenneth William Lipsitz *
Norma Feinberg Andrews
Mark Bronnberg
David Elrich
Abraham Leimsider
Anna Reznikoff
Charles Wiesner
Helen Aronson
Josephine Grober
Murray Milton Scher
Diane Teitelbaum *
Seymour Gold *
Kermit Krisburg *
Celia Weissglass *
Malcolm Kass *
Seymour Richman
Simche Silberman *
Rose Talisman

OCTOBER 19, 2018
Samuel Surpin *
Marvin Aroll
Dorothy Holzman
Joseph Yale Lipp *
Kenneth Peretz *
Delane Soposnick
Gustave Teitelbaum *
Rose Grodman
Lottie Hirsch
Maude Kunofsky
Barbara Kurlander *
Mildred Cohen *
Esther Katzman *


OCTOBER 26, 2018
Joseph Werb *
Joseph H. Diamond *
Charlotte Nash *
Ruth Quartin Weitz *
Charles Berg
Charles Kalish
Margaret McGowan
Joel Schaefer *
Sylvia Smith
Rosalie Mord Litinsky *
Sidney Don

* 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.
In October, Rabbi Howald will lead two classes on the banality of evil in our modern world. Coined by the philosopher, Hannah Arendt, in her book about the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the phrase the "banality of evil" has been controversial since its introduction in 1963. In the class, Rabbi Howald will ask, using Adolf Eichmann, one of the principal architects of the Final Solution, as the primary example, whether modern society has created a culture in which those who perform unspeakable acts of cruelty can claim innocence by claiming they were merely obeying the orders of their superiors. The class will look at the nature of evil and the possibility of resistance to evil, even when endorsed by those in power. Join us on October 17th & 24th at 7:30 to discuss this still simmering controversy in both philosophy and political life. The class will last approximately 1.5 hours each session and snacks will be provided!
Join us for
National Refugee Shabbat

Friday, October 19
8:00 p.m.

Special Guest Speaker
URJ Resolution on Protecting Individuals at Risk of Deportation from the United States

As explained in the May 2018 issue of our E-Bulletin, the Union of Reform Judaism votes, at every one of their Biennials, on Resolutions which address important social justice issues. The history of these resolutions are a history of the social justice agenda of the Reform movement in the United States. The Social Justice Initiative of the Dr. Ronald Avis Foundation will periodically discuss issues that the URJ has addressed in these resolutions. 

 In 2017, at the Biennial in Boston, Mass., the rights of immigrants and refugees were considered and the following Resolution was voted on: 
Resolution on Protecting Individuals at Risk of Deportation from the United States.  The text of the Resolution began with a quote from Leviticus. “ When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

The Resolution goes on to remind us that this teaching “ permeates Jewish tradition and is echoed 35 times in the Torah - the most repeated of any commandment”. The Resolution points out that many congregations and other Houses of Worship have offered sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. 
The Resolution goes on to itemize 9 points of support for undocumented immigrants including providing sanctuary in the form of temporary shelter, provide legal assistance to immigrants, encourage local governments to declare themselves “sanctuary cities”, and support the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACS). 

It is important to know that this is only the most recent Resolution on immigration. In 1924 the Reform movement passed a Resolution asking for assurances, among other things, that “ a husband, wife and minor children be treated as a unit, ....instead of disrupting families.”

In 1985, during a time of war in Central and South America, a Resolution was passed that, among other things, said this: ....the administration’s selective interpretation of the law and the human tragedies that have resulted from that interpretation call for a moral response from us as Jews. Accordingly, we urge our congregations and their members to provide sanctuary in one or more of its forms to Central Americans and other refugees who request safe haven out of fear of persecution upon return to their homelands...”

In 1995, a Resolution was passed that included, among other items, a resolve to “ support the continued provision of basic services such as essential health care and childhood education to undocumented immigrants and workers” . In that Resolution there was also the statement that all congregations should be encouraged to assist immigrants to become citizens. 

In 2003, in the wake of concern about security after the events of 9/11, there was a Resolution maintaining our long standing commitment to the right to privacy for our citizens and residents, and our support for the Constitutional commitment to due process for citizens and non-citizens alike. 

Then, in 2007, the URJ voted for “Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. Quoting numerous Jewish texts, they concluded, “ As a community of immigrants and refugees with a long history of sojourning in foreign lands, American Jews have a unique responsibility to ensure that the rights of non-citizens are protected by our nation’s immigration policy. Just as our ancestors were permitted to reunite their families and resettle refugees from their lands of origin to their newly adopted homelands, today’s immigrant communities deserve similar opportunities.” They outlined ten points in that resolution that addressed immigration policy and the treatment of refugees and immigrants. 

The plight of immigrants and refugees has always been a concern to Jews in America. On October 19, 2018, our congregation will be participating in a National Refugee Shabbat.  We are honored that Henry Salmon will be speaking about his family’s experience during the Holocaust. Henry’s father, Egon, was on the St. Louis, the ship that sailed from Germany to seek asylum in 1939 and was turned away by the United States, Canada and Cuba. 

Friday, October 5
Oneg sponsored in honor of Shabbat in celebration of those celebrating
October Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Friday, October 12
Oneg sponsored in honor of Shabbat in celebration of all the 2017-2018 Kavod Society Members.
Birthday, Anniversary, Birth, Engagement, Wedding, Bat/Bar Mitzvah?
CELEBRATE ANY SIMCHA and share your joy with the Congregation at Services on any Friday evening.
Sisterhood will tak e care of everything for you!
To sponsor an oneg, just Contact Sisterhood through the Temple Office (718)727-2231.
The Sisterhood of Temple Israel would like to help you celebrate birthdays and anniversaries for you and your family.
You can share the joy of Shabbat and your birthday and/or anniversary by helping to sponsor an Oneg Shabbat on the Friday evening when we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries for that month.
In addition to sponsoring the Oneg, the names of those celebrating appear in the Friday night program and celebrants are invited to the Bimah.
A contribution of $10 for birthdays and $18 for anniversaries is suggested to honor your special occasion and help the Temple at the same time.  
Letters are sent out early in the month prior and payment would be appreciated before the first Friday of the month of the celebration. 
When writing checks made out to "Sisterhood of Temple Israel", please always indicate exactly what the check is payment for in the “Memo” line . We have so many events and initiatives. We need your cooperation to make sure that our record keeping is correct!

Thank you,
Blanche Ricci and Beverly Mazer , Sisterhood Treasurer
and Financial Secretary
If you have any questions about your membership or if you know a potential new member please contact our Financial Secretary Jennifer Straniere at  tmplisfinsec@aol.com .
Please consider becoming a member of our
It helps to make membership available to all our families. Speak to our Financial Secretary to upgrade your membership.
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On Sunday night, September 30th Temple Israel will be holding its Simchat Torah Service beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be a Religious service, dancing with the Torahs and a very special ice cream Oneg provided by the Brotherhood.
At that service children who are new to our Religous School will be welcomed, called up to the bimah, and will be presented with a special gift.
Please try to make every effort to attend this special service with your family. It has been scheduled at an early time so that the children can attend.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Religious school had an exciting start last month. The school welcomed Cantor Jennifer Benrey, whose voice and guitar are welcome additions to the early morning Religious service in the Sanctuary.
Last year we had 23 children in our school. We started this year with 41 students. What a pleasure it is so see and hear our new girls and boys! Our new and youngest students include Adirah Cortijo, Rahm Liebovich, Jayden Lenner, Austin Otto and Alexander Sherer. These children are being taught by Brooke Lopez.
The Kitonim Aleph Class, under the direction of Joanna Meltzer , welcomes Samson Liebovich and Eyiram Snell.
Jacob Chason has joined Kitonim Gimmel, taught by Shariann Ganz.
We welcome back Raina & Phoenix Garcia to the Kitonim Aleph and Kitonim Gimmel classes.
Cantor Benrey is meeting weekly with each age group to teach festival and traditional Jewish songs. In addition, a Children’s Choir is being formed. Students who choose to join the choir will rehearse from 12:00-12:30 PM on Sundays following Religious School.
On Sunday, September 23rd the students decorated the succah that was constructed by members of our Brotherhood. After an explanation about Succot and its symbolism led by Rabbi Howald, the singing of Succot songs by led Cantor Benrey, the girls and boys had cupcakes and juice.
The Religious School Parent Committee is looking for interested parents who would like to be involved in planning and executing activities for our students. Call the Temple at 1(718)727-2231 if you are able to step up to help out.

Bryn Biren
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October 10

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Walk with Sisterhood
Sunday, October 21.

Midland Beach Boardwalk
Father Capodanno Blvd.
Meet us at 9:00 a.m.
just to the left of the main stage (facing the water) .

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Help us beat our $1000 donation from last year!

From the Ritual Committee – a thank you to those who participated.
Elsewhere in e-Shalom, our article described the activities that went on this year for the holiday season.  However, we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge everyone who took part in services on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  Next month we will recount Sukkot & Simchat Torah.  We apologize if we missed anyone.
Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey worked very hard to expand and enhance our prayer service this year, as now use Mishkan HaNefesh for all services.  But they are not alone.  At Temple Israel, the holidays from Selichot to Simchat Torah are a truly communal and participatory experience.  During our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services, over 130 congregants came onto the Bimah to fill some role during the service from reading a poem to opening the Ark to blowing the Shofar.  This year, they included: Ruth Andriani, Talia Astman, Victor Avis, StephenBaver, Terry Baver, Paul Bierman, Bryn Biren, Jaimie Blackman, Alan Brill, Linda Brill, Pamela Carlton, Maya Castelli, Deborah Chernoff, James Cohen, Maxine Cohen, Brian Cortijo, Nathaniel Cortijo, Ethan Devito, Jonathan Devito, Jay Duskin, Phyllis Elrich, Deanna Feder, Barbara Feigelman, Sandra Feuerstein, Larry Flaum, Susan Freedman, Barbara Fried, Miriam Friend, Scott Fuller, Jeffrey Ganz, Matthew Ganz, Shariann Ganz, Ira Gershansky, LibbyGershansky, Joel Goldberg, Izzy Greenspan, Molly Greenspan, Janice Gross, Jerrold Gross, Karen Gross, Shari Gross, Claire Guttsman, Dennis Guttsman, Jory Guttsman, Brian Hanibal, Larry Hanibal, Linda Hanibal, Janet Harris Smith, Tim Harrison, Fred Hecht, Iris Hershenson, Robin Howald, Ronit Joseph, Wayne Kalish, Andy Kass, Sally Koren, George Kurlander, Harriet Kurlander, Phineas Larson, Remy Larson, Elliot Lee, Judy Lee, Nathaniel Lee, Simone Lenner, Cheryl Levine, Kevin Lipsitz, Rachel Lipsitz, Brooke Lopez, Freda Lopez, Genevieve Lopez, Ruby Lytton-Hirsh, Irwin Magnus, Judith Magnus, Susan Marks, Richard Marlieb, Beverly Mazer, Jaclyn  Mazzola, Sandy Mazzucco, David Meltzer, Daniel Meltzer, Joanna Meltzer, Joyce Miller, Noah Miller, Sammy Miller, Jerrold Mulnick, Charles Nadel, Jordan Padilla, Ilene Pappert, Judith Pessah, KennethPopler, Blanche Ricci, JR Rich, Derek Rogozin, Pamela Rogozin, Shannon Rogozin, ElizabethRohan, James Rohan, NinaRohan,Susan Sappin, Judy Scher, Steven Scher, Maurice Schlefstein, Muriel Schlefstein, Penny Schuster, Ethan Schwartz, Peri Sgambelluri, , Mia Shperling, Alina Shteynberg, Alan Siegel, Jesse Siegel, JodiSiegel, Su Ellen Silverman, Andrea Simon, Fred Simon, Inez Singer, Arlene Sorkin, David Sorkin, Shari Stein‑Ballow, Jennifer Straniere, Philip Straniere, RhondaTrontz‑Allen, Ahava Walpola, Orly Walpola, Alan Weissglass, LuigiaWiesner, Karen Wolff, Adam Zafrani and Harrison Zafrani.
Our services would not be the same if it were not for our choir: Bryn Biren, Pamela Carlton, Scott Fuller, Karen Gross, Wayne Kalish, Andy Kass, Judy Lee, Jo Ann Lewis, Beverly Mazer, Judith Pessah, James Rohan, Jodi Siegel, Shari Stein-Ballow and Luigia Wiesner.  Norman Lindscheid is our High Holy Day organist and Vincent Moncada is the cellist on Kol Nidre.  Elona Migirov played the organ for some choir rehearsals.
The Shofar sounds several times during the holidays.  We thank Talia Astman, Jaimie Blackman, Maya Castelli, Daniel Meltzer, Derek Rogozin and Su Ellen Silverman for helping us fulfill the command to hear the Shofar ( Numbers 29:1 - And in the seventh month, on the first day, ….. It shall be a day of shofar sounding for you. )
Helping us keep a spiritual atmosphere in the sanctuary are our ushers, coordinated by High Holy Day Ushering Chair Nina Rohan.  This year Terry Baver, Paul Bierman, Alan Brill, Phyllis Elrich, Deanna Feder, Larry Flaum, Barbara Fried, Bryan Ganz, Matthew Ganz,Libby Gershansky, Shari Gross, Claire Guttsman, Dennis Guttsman, Randi Levine, Susan Marks, David Meltzer, Blanche Ricci, JR Rich, Pamela Rogozin, Elizabeth Rohan, JudyScher, Inez Singer, Jennifer Straniere, Philip Straniere and Rhonda Trontz‑Allenhelped with the tasks.  Nina would to especially thank Bryan & Matthew Ganz for being available for every service.
But Yom Kippur does not mark the end of the festival season.  After Brotherhood puts up the Sukkah, we have services that include welcoming new students and families.  So next month we will list those who help with Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
We also want to thank the members of the Ritual committee for their work on the holiday: Bryn Biren, Shariann Ganz, Barbara Fried, Jerrold Gross, Claire Guttsman, Sally Koren, Beverly Mazer, David Meltzer, Nina Rohan, Muriel Schlefstein, Alan Siegel, Jodi Siegel and Fred Simon.
Linda Brill & Jeffrey Ganz
Ritual Co-chairs
The Food Preparation Event originally planned for
October 14th has been postponed.
Please check your upcoming weekly News and Notes
for a new date.
Pamela Rogozin
Social Action Chair

Adult Learning is planning several exciting events!
Please join us on October 22nd at 7:30 pm when Rabbis Bonnie and Gerald Sussman will present a program on "The Lost Tribes of Israel."This program is open to the community so please invite your friends and family. Light refreshments will be served.
On Wednesday, December 12th at 11am we will be enjoying a back stage tour of the historic St. George Theater. The cost is 7 dollars. Afterwards we will have lunch in a nearby restaurant.

We will be meeting on October 9th at 7:30pm at Pam Carlton's home to discuss "Sima's Undergarments For Women" by Ilana Stanger Ross. Everyone is welcome. The committee will meet first at 7pm to discuss upcoming events.

As a follow up to seeing "Fiddler on the Roof" in yiddish, which has been extended again to Nov. 18th, a group of us saw a special performance of "After Anatevka." We have decided to read that book as our next selection. The author is Alexandra Silber. We are also looking forward to presenting a mini class on Yiddish in the spring!
For more information and to rsvp to any or all of these events please contact Cheryl at  cherylmlevine@gmail.com  or Judy at  judithpessah@gmail.com .
Thank you.
Cheryl Levine ad Judith Pessah
Your support our Caring Community is greatly appreciated. Your donations allow us to help to cover the costs of food, paper goods, tolls, parking, etc. used to assist those of our Temple Community who 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. Most recently, we assiste with the arrangements for the Memorial Service held on September 24th for Phyllis Vaccarelli, sister of Jerry Mulnick.

In addition to your monetary donations, we could really use your physical assistance. Our committee needs to grow. Hopefully, we won’t be needed, but when we are, we need shoppers, drivers, people to cook, carry and clean. Please contact me with your willingness to assist when needed. Your mitzvah will be greatly appreciated.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy month!!
Respectfully submitted, 
Pamela Rogozin
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Contributions to Temple Israel as tributes, dedications or memorials are welcome  and are published in the weekly Shabbat program.

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

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Our Fall schedule is in full swing and we are delighted to welcome additional Avis Foundation families to Temple Israel.
We are delighted to have SAMANTHA & STEVEN SHERER and their son, ALEXANDER. We also welcome GAYLE & JEFFREY CHASON & their three children. Their son, JACOB (10), will be attending Religious School and Hebrew School. In addition we are happy to have JENNIFER & BRIAN CORTIJO, and their children, NATHANIEL & ADIRAH. Our fourth Avis family this month is BRIANNA & BRIAN LEVINSKY and their son, SAM. We are thrilled to now have 12 Avis families!
It was so wonderful to be present at the first session of this year’s Religious School. In the year 2017 we had 23 students in our school. This September we have 41 children enrolled.
The excitement of the children in the Social Hall when they received shofars from the Sisterhood for the High Holy Days was amazing. What a joy it was to have so many parents and new students in the sanctuary at the 9:30AM service that we have each Sunday morning before Religious School begins.
In the month of October we will be having 3 sessions of the fabulous CULTUREATS food preparation/ world culture program that was created by ALINA SHTEYNBERG, our congregant and a member of our Temple Board of Trustees. Children ages 9-13 will be learning from professional chefs from different countries about their cultures, the children will be involved in the hands-on preparation of food and will then eat the items that they have created.
On Saturday, October 27th the STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) program will begin at The Resource Room with the first program, “ Painting with a Twist”. Each child must be registered in advance for these classes. There will be sessions for 5-8 year olds and for 9-13 year olds.
Adult Yoga classes in the month of October take place on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:00 PM and are free to all Temple Israel members.
If you know of a young family with children who would like to learn about the history of the Jewish people and the traditions of Reform Judaism, with the goal of becoming a Bat or Bar Mitzvah, have them contact Bryn Biren at 1(718)447-6225 or Terry Baver at 1(718)490-4428. We will reach out to them immediately. We can make it possible!
Get ready for a year filled with MANY Avis Foundation activities. If you are able to volunteer to assist at any of our programs we would LOVE to hear from you.

Terry Baver & Bryn Biren
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