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 - SEPTEMBER 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

       Last Shabbat, we opened our prayer books for the month of Elul and S’lichot for the first time since last year and read a prayer that almost brought the service to a halt.  Called “A Time for Turning,” the prayer began with these words: “This is the time for turning.  The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red and orange.  The birds are beginning to turn and are heading once more toward the South.” [1]   It's one thing to read this prayer on a Friday night in mid-September, its another to read it on a humid evening in August after yet another rainstorm has turned the foliage thick and a deep shade of green.  The service continued, rescued from the disconnect between prayer and reality, by the sweet music of our guest cantor and the ruach (spirit) of the worshippers gathered to celebrate the beginning of Shabbat.  Yet a question still lingered:  Do we need cues from the outside world to start our turn toward the self-reflection of the High Holy Days?
         These questions arise whenever Rosh Hashana comes as early as it does this year. We usually think of fall and the High Holy Days together, paired by both calendar and nature as times of transition from one season to another.  When the leaves begin to fall, its natural to think of the passing of the languid days of summer and the coming of the shorter and eventful days of fall.  When the nights start becoming cool and crisp again, our thoughts often turn to opportunities missed and taken, to promises made and broken and to friends made and lost.  When we lack these sensory cues from the outside world, when the world still seems in fixed in the heat and lushness of summer, our own inward turning may seem out-of-synch with the constancy we see around us.
Yet, the season of self-reflection in Jewish tradition is not inherently tied to changes in the world of nature.  Rosh Hashana is barely mentioned in the Torah and never as the “Beginning of the Year.” [2]   In the time of Nehemiah, written sometime in the 6 th century B.C.E., this sacred day also becomes the occasion for the reading of the Law before the entire assembly of Israel.  In the Hebrew Bible, accordingly, the first day of the seventh month is not associated with a change in season.  Sukkot, which closely follows Yom Kippur, often arrives during the season of harvesting in the Levant, but Rosh Hashana arose in a climate with gentler transitions between one season and the next than we experience in New York.  We live in a world thick with deciduous trees and ripe with the prospect of snow before fall ends.  Our ancestors grew up in a diverse but largely pastoral domain amid sparse trees and shrubs where rain was scarce, and snow only fell on the highest peaks. Yet, they found a way to turn inwardly even as the world around them remained largely the same as it had been the week or month before.
We associate the leaves falling and the birds turning south with Rosh Hashana because they often coincide. The coincidence seems wholly appropriate with the larger purposes of the Days of Awe to initiate a solemn reflection on the year that past and the year yet to come.  Yet, in the end, the correspondence between Rosh Hashana and the first signs of fall remains a coincidence in the largest sense of the word—a happenstance on which we cannot rely year in and year out.  When we take up the Machzor (our High Holy Day prayer book) for the first time, the air conditioning or the boilers may be running, we never know which. Even so, the time for turning is upon us.  
Wishing you a sweet and meaningful New Year from my family to yours!    L’shana Tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu!   May you be inscribed, and sealed, for a good year!  
Rabbi Michael Howald
[1] “A Time for Turning” by Rabbi Jack Reimer (b. 1929).  The opening line comes from Kohelet 3:1 and the entire prayer can be found on page 7 of  Mishkan HaLev:  Prayers for S’lichot and the Month of Elul.
[2] Leviticus 23:23-4 refers to a holiday to take place on “the seventh month, on the first day of the month, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts.”

A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

Are the High Holidays really here already?  Aren’t they earlier than usual?  Are we ready for them?

Well, the answers to your questions can be answered with a rousing “YES”! They’re here, they’re early and we are surely ready.

As we prepare to welcome the Days of Awe, we are looking forward to greeting all of our congregants at our High Holiday services.  Our choir has been rehearsing with our new Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey, with musical accompanist Norman Linscheid.  Rabbi Howald will again lead us in prayer as we experience the spirituality of our Sanctuary.

Our Ritual Committee has been working diligently to include many of our congregants in each of our holiday services and Sisterhood has enlisted the aid of some of our “shining members” in refreshing our silver Torah adornments for the upcoming holidays.

We would also like to thank so many of you who have begun to acknowledge your annual commitments to Temple Israel and hope that you have received your membership cards which will provide you easy access to our Holiday Services. Should you need any assistance, please feel free to contact our Financial Secretary, Jennifer Straniere, through the Temple office or by email.  Also, please be sure to review your inclusion of memorials for you loved ones in our Memory Book, and begin your menu planning for our Share-a-Dish Sukkot Dinner.

We encourage you to invite your unaffiliated friends who have young children to attend our Yom Kippur Children’s Service and our Simchat Torah celebration so that they might enjoy a ‘Taste of Temple Israel”. 

Again, please accept our best wishes for a Sweet and Healthy New Year. 

From our families to yours, L’Shanah Tovah.

Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Have you ever noticed that the High Holidays are never “on time”? Last year they were late! This year they are early.....very early.

Sisterhood is taking a very deep breath as we sprint into our busiest season. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we would like to thank all those who worked so hard to make our Summer Shabbat onegs so special and so delicious. We are grateful to the following generous bakers and sponsors: Pamela J. Carlton, Maxine Cohen, Rochelle Maltz & Libby Gershansky, Nina Rohan, Linda Hanibal, Blanche Ricci, Beverly Mazer, Pamela Rogozin, Molly Greenspan, Inez Singer, Linda Brill and Deanna Feder.

Now, onto the next lap in our relay! The Holidays.
Sisterhood is happy to be a cog in the huge wheel that make all the holidays and festivals at Temple Israel so special. Our first steps included Honey Gift Bag sales which were a record sell-out this year. Thanks to Blanche Ricci, Beverly Mazer, Deanna Feder, Cheryl Levine, Lorraine and an anonymous donor for making this happen.

All the beautiful ritual silver which adorns our Torahs will be shiny and sparkling thanks to the efforts of expert polishers, Linda Brill, Pamela Rogozin, Inez Singer and Blanche Ricci.

We are looking forward to greeting all of our Religious School Students with a special gift from Sisterhood as they begin their new year of studies on September 9th.

We will all enjoy a little nosh of honey cake and challah on our way to Tashlich, following our Rosh Hashanah morning service because of Libby Gershansky and her team who will shop, slice and serve. (If you are available to assist, please join them in the kitchen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10th.)

Following the Yizkor/Neilah service on Yom Kippur, you’ll be able to grab some juice and a light bite to Break the Fast because of Jennifer Straniere. (You can join Jennifer and her Gefilte Fish Elves in the kitchen to help us prepare following the Children’s Service on Yom Kippur afternoon, at about 2:45.)

When you receive your gorgeous Temple Israel Community New Year’s Card in the mail, it will be because of the artistic efforts and hard work of Phyllis Elrich and Claire Guttsman. (If you missed participating in this year’s card, don’t worry. Just plan ahead for next year!)

Our Sukkot celebration will begin with our traditional Bring-a-Dairy-Dish-to-Share Erev Sukkot dinner on Sunday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m. This will be a beautiful dinner because of the always amazing organization and coordination by Shariann Ganz. (Please scroll down for the flyer.) On Erev Simchat Torah, Sisterhood will be thrilled to provide the mini-torahs presented to each of our new Religious School Students and flags for everyone as we joyously dance with our beautiful Torahs. Thanks to Blanche and Bobby Ricci, no one will leave Temple that evening without the traditional gift bag of apples and raisins .

I n the midst of all these services and celebrations, we will hold our first General Membership Sisterhood Meeting of the year on Sunday, September 16th. We want to remind all those women who are new Temple Israel that your 1st year membership in Sisterhood of Temple Israel is complimentary. For those of you who are re-joining, please be reminded that dues are $40 and can be paid at the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the co-presidents or any of our Membership Vice-Presidents (Sue Freedman, Judy Lee or Nina Rohan).
Whether you are “officially” a member or not, we invite you to join us with Brotherhood on 9/16 at 10 a.m. for Breakfast and conversation.

Please save the dates below so you don’t miss a thing!

On behalf of Sisterhood and our own families, we wish you a Sweet and Healthy New Year.

In Sisterhood,

Shariann Ganz & Jodi Siegel
Co-President s
To see the entire Sisterhood Calendar for this year, click here!
7:00 p.m.

Make sure your Sisterhood dues have been paid so that you can join us for this wonderful event!
Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
It is hard to believe, but the summer is almost behind us. Now we have to prepare for our year of camaraderie, good food and of course the work we do as Brotherhood to make a positive impact on our Temple life. This year it is my goal to make the year more interesting and eventful as we come together as an affiliate group of the Temple.

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.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our Kick off Breakfast on Sunday September 16 th at 10:00 a.m. This will be a joint Breakfast with Sisterhood and then we will have our own meeting after we enjoy Breakfast together.

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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Click anywhere on the schedule for a printable copy.
Mazel Tov
  Daniel Meltzer on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout

Thank You
 To Jim Rohan for continuing as the musical voice of Summer Shabbat Services.  
  Joanna Meltzer for all her work on the Temple Israel website.

 To Joe and Karen Gamoran on the passing of his brother, Ben Gamoran.

Get Well
To Shariann Ganz and Pearl Brill.
Thinking of you Erica Greenbaum and Laura Glatt.

A Warm Welcome to new members of our Community  
Ken Pickover
Jake & Polina Leibovich and their sons, Samson Ethan and
Rahm Herschel.

If you have already finalized your annual commitment to Temple Israel for the 2018-2019 year, you can expect to receive your High Holiday tickets within the next few days, if you have not already received them! If you have not made your financial arrangements for the coming year yet, there is still time. Please remember that each congregant and guest must present a ticket to the Security Guard in order to enter the synagogue during the High Holidays
If for some reason you did not receive your membership packet in July, please call the Temple Office immediately to request one and another packet will be mailed to you. Please make sure to confirm your address to make sure it is correct.
If you have any questions about your individual commitment please contact me at  tmplisrfinsec@aol.com . I am available to review any questions or concerns you might have. 
Don’t forget to complete  School Forms  for any children attending Religious School and Hebrew School and that Sisterhood and Brotherhood dues require separate checks payable directly to those organizations.
If you are sending in postdated checks please make sure they are dated for the 15th of each month. Please remember that our fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30th.  The last payment should be dated June 15, 2019.
If you are in need of additional tickets for the High Holidays please send in your request with a check and the name of the person who will be using the ticket. The prices are on the payment schedule that you received in your packet. If you have any questions please use the email listed above. Additionally, if you know of anyone who is looking for a spiritual and meaningful High Holiday experience, please let them know that tickets for our services are available to non-members as well. The Temple Office number is 718-727-2231. 
We urge you to consider becoming a member of the Kavod Society or to upgrade your current status. This additional funding allows us to assist some of our other members.
Looking forward to a wonderful year.
Jennifer Straniere
Financial Secretary 
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.
As the summer slowly ends and the Ritual Committee has many lay leaders to thank. We thank Jim Rohan for providing musical leadership for Erev Shabbat Services in the months of July and August. We thank Jeffrey Ganz and Libby Gershansky for leading Friday night Shabbat Services with Jim on July 6 th and July 13 th respectively.  The lay leaders who led Saturday morning Torah Study during the summer were JR Rich, Muriel Schlefstein, Alan Tepper, Barbara Fried, Rochelle Maltz and Judy Lee.  The Saturday morning Services were led by Muriel Schlefstein, Pamela Carlton, Barbara Fried and Luigia Wiesner.  Jaimie Blackman provided musical accompaniment many times at Saturday morning Shabbat Services over the summer.
We are grateful for the visit of guest Cantor Lauren Bandman. 
We welcome our Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey.  She has been rehearsing for the High Holy Days with our Senior Choir during the summer months.  Her first Service at Temple Israel will be with Rabbi Howald at the preparatory High Holy Day evening Service for Selichot on September 1 st
We look forward to seeing you all at Services during the Days of Awe 5779 from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur and at the Services for Sukkot and Simchat Torah that follow.  Please refer to the calendar and schedules and flyers found elsewhere in the Bulletin for days and times.
L’Shanah Tovah to you and yours. 

Jeffrey Ganz and Linda Brill
Co-Chairpersons Ritual Committee
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 during the since the last E‑Shalom:
Bryn Biren, Karen Gross, Larry Hanibal, Beverly Mazer,
Blanche Ricci, JR Rich, Alina Shetyenberg,
Jodi Siegel and Jennifer Straniere.
Nina Rohan
Ushering Chairperson
Jeffrey Ganz and Linda Brill
Co-Chairpersons Ritual Committee
Saturday, September 1

Light Repast
Learning, Music and Prayer
7:00 p.m.
(Open to Community)
Sunday, September 9
8:00 p.m.
Service *

Monday, September 10
10:00 a.m.
Service * and TASHLICH
(Supervised activities for young children Pre-K to 2nd Grade in room 7-8)

Tuesday, September 11
10:30 a.m.
Learning Service
(Open to Community)
Tuesday, September 18
Kol Nidre Service *
8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19
Morning Service *
10:00 a.m.

Children’s Service
1:30 p.m.
(Open to Community)

Afternoon Service *
4:00 p.m.

followed by a light “Break-the-Fast"
5:30 p.m.
(Open to Community )
Sunday, September 23
Dairy-Dish-to Share Dinner
6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 24
Morning Service
10:30 a.m.
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.
* High Holiday Tickets are necessary for these services.

As the High Holy Days approach, we would like you to be aware of how our ushers will be monitoring movement in and out of our sanctuary during services to maintain an atmosphere of prayer and worship.

As we do throughout the year, ushers will ask that congregants do not enter or leave the sanctuary when the congregation is standing, a silent meditation is in progress, or Rabbi is delivering a sermon.

And while we do not normally do this the rest of the year, due to the large attendance and full pews, at these services we ask that you refrain from movement in or out while the Cantor and/or choir are singing so as not to interrupt your fellow congregants’ appreciation of the musical pieces.

You are also reminded that Jewish tradition also calls on worshippers not to turn their back to the Ark when it is open or while a Torah scroll is open (during the actual reading). Ushers are instructed not to allow entry during those times, as well as holding those wishing to exit at the doors as well.  Of course, exceptions are made for those unable to stand comfortably, or who have an urgent need to leave.

If you have a child with you, and he or she becomes restless or unhappy, we ask that if you cannot comfort them quickly, that you take the child outside for a few minutes until they are ready to quiet down again.   Ushers will be happy to assist you if you need help with diaper bags, carriages, etc. Parents are also reminded that ushers do not monitor children who leave the services without supervision.  Their safety remains your responsibility. Youngsters will not be permitted to remain in the lobby area if they become noisy, since that disturbs those seated near the doors.

Finally, please note that during the services, congregants are requested to stay off the patio area. Movement in this area is distracting to those seated near the windows.

We hope that this gives you a better insight into the ushers’ role in maintaining an undisturbed worship experience for our congregation.

The Ritual Committee wishes everyone a healthy and happy New Year.
Linda Brill and Jeff Ganz
Co-Chairs, Ritual Committee
As you may recall, two years ago a new prayer book,  Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe  was introduced and used for the evening Service of Rosh Hashanah and for the Kol Nidre Service of Yom Kippur. Last year this prayer book was used not only for those Services, but also for the afternoon and Yizkor/Neilah Services of Yom Kippur.  This year  Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days o Awe will be used for all High Holy Day Services. This prayer book comes as a two-book set, one book for each of the High Holy Days and was published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 2015 through the CCAR Press.   Please join us and continue to experience what this prayer book has to offer for our prayer experience.
The Ritual Committee of Temple Israel  
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Samuel Flaum
Gertrude Newhouse Diamond *
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Marc Kopstein *
Charles Hirsh
Robert T. Lane *
Irving E. Rothaus *
Tom Sparacio
Alexander Steinman *
Harold Landowne
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David Schmeidler *
Harry Avis *
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
Samuel Elman *
Doris Isaacs *
Harold Pappert
Sam Schwartz *
Sidney Simon *
Morris Blumenreich *
Sidney Goldberg *
Joseph Gershansky
Martin Goldstone
Irving Lieberman
Joseph Newman *
Isidore Janatofsky *
Pauline Spector *
Dr. Melvin Victor *

Ignacne Grunbaum Edit Eckstein Franz Kindler Magda Fried Hans Sabath

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
Mark Heitowit *
Emanuel Leef
Marivic Lipton
Jacob Rosenberg *
Arthur Duskin *
Abraham Gamoran
Irving Spector *
Lewis Werb *
Solomon Davidson *
Harriet Kramer
Samuel Andelman *
Sedge Levee *
Milton Silberlight
Jeffrey Tenzer
Florence Weinstein *
Samuel Gootenberg *
Abraham Mendelsohn
Max Reiman *
Frances Lipston *

Wilhelm Deceuninck Henrikne Grosz Chaim Kluger Juk Dorfsmaniter Anna Sobotka

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
Jessie Isaacs
Michael Berlyand
Mollie Hirsh
Fannie Kruger Levy *
Virginia Menna
Carol Schwimmer *
Millard Siegler *
Edith Fazio
Stuart Schorr
Joseph Steinberg
Louis Benjamin *
Sylvia Selig
Albert Mulnick

Ilse Aufrecht Istvan Hertz Oskar Jager Marcel Remi Josua Van Gelder
* 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.
Join us as we welcome
Student Cantor
Jennifer Benrey
at her First Shabbat Service
at Temple Israel

Friday, September 7
7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 7
Oneg sponsored in honor of Shabbat in celebration of those celebrating September Birthdays and Anniversaries and by Karen and Jerry Gross on the occasion of welcoming their grandson Ian Alexander into the House of Israel and by Sisterhood in honor of our New Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey.

Friday, September 14
Oneg Sponsored by Maxine Cohen in honor of Shabbat on the occasion of the marriage of her son
Jesse Blum to Alina Keating.
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. 
Click directly on BINGO flyer to print or download.
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.
First day of Religious School
Important Parent Meeting and Orientation

There will be a  mandatory  parent orientation meeting on September 9th at 10:15 AM. There will be representatives from the Ritual Committee, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, the School Committee and 
the Avis Foundation 
to explain  expectations and programming 
for the coming year.

Welcome from the
Membership Committee

On behalf of the Membership Committee, I would like to welcome back our congregants who have renewed their membership. Your continued support helps to keep Temple Israel alive and vital. We would also like to welcome our newest members, particularly our Avis Foundation families. Everybody is excited to see the “foundation” of a renewed Temple Israel future being developed right before our eyes. The Membership Committee, along with the Adult Learning Committee and the Avis Foundation have some exciting new events planned for the coming year. 

We are reviving the "Don’t Dine Alone" Shabbat dinners in a new way. Now called "Shabbat Shalom” Dinners, we will have periodic dinners following I-Shabbat services. This will enable our families with young children to be able to meet (and eat with) long time members, helping people to get to know each other. This year we plan on having “themed” dinners with various Jewish ethnic cuisines. The 1st one will take place on Friday, October 19 and the cuisine will be Israeli. One of the innovations we have planned is that these dinners will be free for Temple members. Watch for the flyer and details.

Lots of other fun things are planned. Again be on the lookout for details.
You may notice there is a new Membership Committee chair, JR Rich. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our outgoing Membership co-chairs, Susan Marks and Sandy Mazzucco for their dedication and hard work. And JR is looking forward to working with fellow Committee members and other committees to make this year an exciting and welcoming one for both existing and new members.

If you have any suggestions about programs or events, or any membership issues, please don’t hesitate to contact JR at  jrich@sijcc.com  or call/text at 917-502-1510.

Wishing everybody a sweet new year and Chag Sameach,
JR Rich
On behalf of the Membership Committee


September 5, 12
6:45 p.m.
If you would like to join the Temple Israel Adult Choir, just come to any rehearsal...and all the rehearsals that follow!
Walk with Sisterhood
Sunday, October 21.

Midland Beach Boardwalk
Father Capodanno Blvd.
Meet us at 9:00 a.m.
at the main tent.

Donations to the American Cancer Society
can be placed in the YELLOW ENVELOPE in the Sisterhood Mailbox or given to Inez Singer.

We hope to beat our $1000 donation from last year!


Tikkun Olam, to heal the world, is one of the basic tenets of Reform Judaism.  Therefore, the work of our Social Action Committee is important to us, to identify more closely with our faith, to the community and to show others what is important to us.  There are many activities at Temple Israel that you can take part in to help our community.

BACKPACKS Through the generous donations of some of our members we are getting close to filling our backpacks for next year!!  If you would like to be a part of this wonderful mitzvah please donate to Social Action and indicate that you are donating for the Backpacks.  If you would like to attend the graduation where the backpacks are given out just let me know!!!

FOOD PREPARATIONS  Through the help of the wonderful members of Temple Israel we were able to bring trays of Chicken, Fish, Rice and Beans, String Beans, Baked Ziti, Macaroni and Cheese, Meatballs, Salad and Cakes to Project Hospitality for those that are hungry.  Feeding people that do not have enough to eat is such an important Mitzvah!!!   Thank you to all of the hard workers who came to help prepare the food!!!  This Mitzvah would not be possible without you!!!
DIAPERS Did you know that neither WIC nor food stamps cover the cost of baby diapers?  In order to help, we provide packages of diapers to Project Hospitality to be distributed to mothers of infants.  Please buy diapers or make a donation to Social Action to support this cause.

DONATIONS   Of course, none of the things Social Action does could be accomplished without your generous donations.  We have been able to feed thousands of people less fortunate than ourselves and hope to feed thousands more thanks to you!    We have given hundreds of backpacks to children who might otherwise not received them, and hope to give hundreds more, thanks to you!  We have diapered hundreds of babies helping hundreds of families, and we hope to help hundreds more, thanks to you!  Please help us continue our important work for our community by donating both your time (for food prep events if you are available) and funds.  Thank you so much for your support!

Pamela Rogozin
Social Action Chair
Thursday, September 6, 11 a.m., the Adult Learning Committee will meet at the home of Pam Carlton- 495 Castelton Ave. Bring a brunch dish to share.

Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 PM--Book Discussion, "Sima's Undergarments for Women", , by Ilana Stanger-Ross, A delightful story that takse place in the the Brooklyn Orthodox Community. Come to Pam Carlton's home--495 Castleton Avenue, and bring dessert, fruit, or other snacks.
Monday, October 22, 7:30 PM--We are honored to present Rabbis Gerald and Bonita Susan who will discuss "Lost Tribes and Spiritual Seekers: The Quest for Judaism" The program is given in conjunction with Kulanu, an organization close to the hearts of the Sussmans, which they will explain. The community is welcome. Please invite your friends, and ask them to ask their fellow Temple members to come.
Please RSVP to  judithpessah@gmail.com , or  Cherylmlevine@gmail.com ., in early October.

Cheryl Levine ad Judith Pessah
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This past month a member of our Temple family lost his brother.  Our sincerest condolences to Joe Gamoran on the passing of his brother Ben Gamoran.  May his memory be a blessing.  Thank you to all of our members who helped with the Shiva and Minyan Service.
As always, we hope that you will continue to support our Caring Community with your donations which 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. Thank you all for your generous donations.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy month!!
Respectfully submitted,
Pamela Rogozin
(Important meeting for all parents)
9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
( Supervised activities for young children Pre-K to 2nd Grade)

4:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.

(Pre-registration required. Scroll down for flyer.)

6:00 p.m.

Are you stressed?
Do you want to build your core strength?
Join us.

Thursdays 7:15-8:15 p.m.
September 6, 13

(Sunday Yoga Classes will resume in October)

Members: $15
Non-Members $18.
Bring your own Yoga Mat
Both sets of classes are for

Both Chair and mat students are accommodated at each class.
For more information contact
Bryn Biren 
Contributions to Temple Israel as tributes, dedications or memorials are welcome  and are published in the weekly Shabbat program.

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

  • Adult Education Fund 
  • Building Preservation Fund 
  • Caring Community Fund 
  • Carole Lachman Memorial Fund
  • Choir Fund 
  • Estelle A. Gootenberg Memorial Fund (for Torah Repair/ Restoration) 
  • Gerald J. Lustig Memorial Fund (for Ark & Ark Doors) 
  • Liheyot Fund 
  • Membership Fund 
  • Prayerbook Fund 
  • Rabbi Marcus Kramer Memorial Library Fund 
  • Shoah Education Fund
  • Scholarship Fund 
  • Social Action

A $5.00 minimum donation is requested for these funds. Checks for donations to any of these funds should be made payable to Temple Israel.

PRAYERBOOKS may be dedicated in honor or memory of a special person or occasion. For specific prayerbooks and donation amounts, scroll down to the bottom of 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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We are excited to begin a new year with our Avis families. We have worked during the summer to schedule activities for the children, the families and the parents that are meaningful and enjoyable. Our goal is to increase the number of young families who want to educate their children following the principles of Reform Judaism. We want you to bond with other families and become a network of future leaders for Temple Israel.
Our Religious School begins on Sunday, September 9th, with a Children’s Service at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary. At 10:15 AM we will have a Parent Orientation where you will meet the Rabbi, our new student cantor, Jennifer Benrey, officers of our Executive Board, Sisterhood and Brotherhood, the Ritual Committee and you will hear about our auxiliary organizations.
We will also outline the Avis Foundation programs that will be offered during the 2018-2019 year. One of our most exciting programs STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) will take place at The Resource Room at 534 Forest Avenue.
This Fall we welcome Felicia and Jason Otto and their children, Austin and Arielle. We are also happy to add Polina and Jake Leibovich and their sons, Samson & Rahm and Julia & Alex Lenner and their children, Simone & Jayden to Temple Israel.
This is a new year and we hope that you will spread the word to friends and neighbors that our Avis Foundation is making it affordable for families to become Temple Israel members. We want you to bring your children to our Religious services, to join our Temple committees and to become part of making future decisions at Temple Israel.
If you have any questions or concerns of know of anyone interested in membership at Temple Israel through the Avis Foundation, please contact Terry Baver at  Terryqbaver@aol.com  or at 1(718)490-4428 or Bryn Biren at  MsBunny7@aol.com  or at 1(718)447-6225.

Let’s have an exciting and rewarding year together!

Terry Baver & Bryn Biren
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