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 - APRIL 2021
Temple Israel’s Electronic Bulletin
“Shalom, Welcome to Temple Israel....” is a phrase taught to us by Carole Lachman, a beloved, long-time congregant and bulletin editor who died in 2002. We named our bulletin in her honor and worked to realize her vision of Temple Israel as a community that welcomes the stranger and lets no one stand alone. As we move to a new version of this tradition of communicating with our Temple Israel family, we continue to forward Carole’s vision, love and devotion for our synagogue.
Most of our usual Temple activities have now become virtual. Please join us for any or all of the following Shabbat and Festival services and Torah Study sessions by simply clicking on the links in the link boxes at the posted times. All sessions will take place using Zoom. Links are also posted in weekly News and Notes. If you wish to call into these services or meetings, the phone numbers for audio access are also listed. *Please note that some of the meetings may require that you include the listed password.

Friday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.
All other weeks on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Dial by your location
  +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 947 946 323
Passcode: 947053
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kiTgwLeuU
Every week on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. followed by Services at 11:00 a.m.
Dial by your location
1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
    +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 614 246 852
Passcode: 549042
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbBPyZ5AGn
Saturday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 899 2931 6519  
Passcode: 811754
Dial by your location (voice only)    929 205 6099 US (New York)


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

As the pace of vaccinations continues to accelerate, and as our city begins to open restaurants, sporting facilities, movie theaters and other gathering places, our thoughts naturally turn to our own reentry to public life.  For more than a year, to varying degrees, we have been sequestered in our homes awaiting the end of a pandemic that, although abated, continues to unfold across our nation and the world. Just as almost none of us ever lived through the start of a pandemic before, very few of us have ever experienced the end of one either. On what wisdom, then, may we draw as we contemplate coming out of our homes and resuming some part of the lives we had before COVID-19?
         Doctors and health care professionals still counsel us to remain cautious and vigilant even after we are vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective and even the impressively high efficacy of the current vaccines cannot guarantee that a person will not contract the virus or transmit it to another person, particularly given the presence of variants against which the recently approved vaccines have not been definitely tested. We may be able to do more than we thought possible just as short time ago, but we cannot yet completely resume our lives as we lived them before we went into quarantine.
         In many ways, our situation resembles that of mourners who are about to end their period of shiva (after the Hebrew for the number 7, the traditional days of intense mourning) and begin to reenter normal life. In our prayers of mourning, we call shiva a “retreat” from that life. During this pandemic, almost the entire world has withdrawn, in ways large and small, from the routines we followed before the COVID outbreak. During this time of worldwide withdrawal into out homes, just as during the period of shiva, it is the embrace of family, friends, congregation, and community that have sustained us, even if the hugs and kisses have been virtual rather than real. During this time, just as during shiva, our homes became our universe.  As we contemplate leaving the walls that have separated us from the world for so long, cautiously and carefully to be sure, but nevertheless, what can Jewish mourning practices teach us about how to handle our reentry to the wider world?
         As the end of shiva, it is customary for the mourners to walk together for at least a short distance outside to symbolize the beginning of a return to the society from which they have temporary withdrawn. Lest our moment of reentry pass by unmarked, we might reflect on what our symbolic act of return might be, both as individuals and as a congregation. We have spent our “shiva” together virtually for a year, by “walking together” we can symbolize the bond that ties us together even as we contemplate a reintegration with the wider world. It seems right and fitting that we should do so when we return to our synagogue.
         Jewish rituals of mourning, moreover, remind us that the end of shiva does not end all restrictions. Although shiva lasts 7 days, a period of lesser restrictions, called sheloshim (Hebrew for the number “30”), continues until the 30th day after burial.  In the same way, the end of stay-at-home orders and the easing of restrictions does not mean life will immediately return to pre-COVID practices. We will still need to wear masks, still stay socially distant, still wash our hands, and still remember to stay home if we feel sick for some time to come.
Even when health authorities declare the pandemic at an end at some future time, we will know, as we do with the death of a loved one, that the world will never be the same. We will find memories of our lives before and during the pandemic coming at predictable and unpredictable times. We will remember all our losses even when our memories of this singular time in our lives begin to fade as all memories do. Yet, Jewish tradition teaches us that we will also have time to reflect on our gains, the relationships rekindled or solidified, the skills or knowledge newly acquired, the marriages that took place despite the difficulties and the children and grandchildren that came into our world during this time of challenge. May we find this comfort and more with all those who “sat” this metaphoric shiva with us.
Rabbi Michael Howald   
A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

Welcome to the first full month of the Spring season.  We hope you enjoyed your Passover seders, whether they were in person or virtual, and that you are continuing to enjoy the Passover holiday.

We are very pleased to advise that we have arranged to have our first on-site, in-person Erev Shabbat Service in more than a year on Friday, April 16th.  We will, of course, be exercising appropriate social distancing and other protocols that are in place to protect the health of our participants. To this end, your temperature will be taken upon entry and you will be asked to complete a tracing form indicating your name, address and email contact.  Participants will be requested to ‘pre-register’ so that we may control the number of congregants in attendance.
Of course, masks will be worn upon entry and throughout the service.  In compliance with the guidelines offered by the Hebrew Union College for our Student Cantor, there will be no Congregational singing and the Kiddush and Motzi will be done from the Bimah with no sharing.
For those of our congregants who will not be in attendance, our service will be ‘live-streamed’ so that they, too, may enjoy this opportunity.  Instructions for accessing this service will be sent prior to that evening.  Going forward, a review of this activity will be held to determine when we can next hold another in-person service.  We look forward to your participation whether in the Sanctuary of on-line

In the meantime, please continue to participate in and enjoy the many on-line activities being sponsored by Temple Israel’s Adult Learning Committee, Sisterhood, Brotherhood and the Avis Foundation for Temple Israel including Yoga, Meditation, the history of Staten Island restaurants, the music Debbie Friedman, movies and so much more.

Please be sure to attend our Yom HaShoah service on Wednesday evening, April 7th, when we will have the honor of listening to Holocaust Survivor Arthur Spielman.  Also, please be sure to have your yellow Yom HaShoah memorial candle (which was delivered to you by Brotherhood) available so that you can light it in memory of the many victims of the Holocaust.  

Please accept our best wishes for continued good health and safety.  

Yours in service to our Temple Community,
Jerry and Alan
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.)
Yom Hazikaron- The Israeli Memorial Day 

All across Israel, ceremonies commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the state and in memory of the victims of terror. The newspapers are filled with these stories and emotional videos are shared across social media. The most beautiful playlist of quiet, moving Israeli songs about grief and loss is played on the radio and everywhere throughout the day. People wearing white buttoned shirts with a light blue square sticker on them with the word “Yizkor (Remember).” The siren brings the country to an abrupt stop twice, once at night, once at midmorning. Wherever you are, if it is at work, in school or in the middle of the street, you stop and rise in silence to pay your respects. When there are tears in someone’s eyes, no one asks why.

Because it’s personal. Because everybody knows someone who was killed -- or almost killed -- in the army, or as a result of a terrorist attack. Even though we cannot imagine the pain of a child who will never see his or her parent again, a wife who will raise her children without a father or parents who lost their child, there is a feeling of communal loss. In a country that is divided by politics, ethnicities, religious views, etc., this is a hard day for most people. It is personal, communal, and it belongs to everyone. 

Being in America on Yom Hazikaron leads to tremendous longing to be in Israel, a country with citizens not known for their tact, but who show a tremendous sensitivity to each other. What other country actually stops everything for two minutes, twice in one week - on one date, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), to remember six million people they never knew, and on the second (Yom Hazikaron), to remember those who gave their lives?

On Yom Hazikaron, when I was a soldier, the day meant going to several military bases and performing songs of grief to mourning soldiers and their families. Offering comfort in song and community. It meant singing in Mount Herzl in the official military ceremony and putting flowers on soldiers’ graves.

As I am planning a Yom Hazikaron Tefillah (prayer) at Hebrew Union College I am thinking about how I can share my experiences as an Israeli with my American community. How can I convey the idea that this loss belongs to them as well? Even though we don’t live in Israel, Israel is a part of our lives, a part of our identity as Reform Jews. Even though we might disagree with many things that are happening there, Israel is still ours. And so is Israel’s loss and grief. 

And in Judaism, because we always try to go from sadness to joy- we transition from the day of remembrance to the celebration of Israel’s independence! 

Chodesh Tov (Have a good month!)

Shirel Richman
Student Cantor

Adult Choir Rehearsals (Virtual)
Tuesday, April 20- 7:00 p.m.

Junior Choir Rehearsals (Virtual)
Sunday, April 11 - 12 noon
Sunday, April 18 - 12 noon
Sunday, April 25 - 12 noon

If you would like to join the Choir, please contact Student Cantor Shirel Richman at scantorrichman@gmail.com.
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Can you believe that it’s already April?  It seems like we were just celebrating Rosh Hashanah and enjoying our apples and honey.  Now we’ve turned to matzah and charoset and we’re enjoying the beginning signs of Spring.  

If you were able to join us for our General Membership Meeting on March 14th, you know what a delight it was.  Thanks to Vice President Cheryl Levine, we were treated to a fabulous musical program by Shirel and Lincoln Richman celebrating the Life and Music of Debbie Friedman.  We sang, smiled and even shed some happy tears as we heard some of our Temple Israel traditional favorites.  Our programs this year have been outstanding.  If you haven’t been attending our General Membership Meetings, you’ve been missing something wonderful. We encourage you to join us on Sunday, April 11th at 7:30 for our meeting followed by virtual tour of the only synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to all those who donated food and funds to our Kosher For Passover Food Drive. We are grateful to Maxine Cohen for organizing this campaign and to all those who assisted in the delivery to the JCC Food Pantry.

Our Nominating Committee has finalized our Slate of Officers to be presented at the April meeting and we are looking forward to implementing some new initiatives for leadership development in the coming year.  We look forward to you being a part of our growing organization.

Sisterhood hopes you are all enjoying your Passover and that you have had a chance to try some of the recipes we shared with you in our Kosher for Passover Cookbook.  Thank you to Judy Lee, who along with Silvia Gornstein and Pam Rogozin, brought this idea to fruition.  Special thanks go to JD Lee for the magnificent original artwork making this publication beautiful and appealing.  We are grateful to all who contributed, and we hope that you enjoy the delicious recipes included in the book.

Although we were disappointed that we were unable to be together for our in-person Community Seder again this year, we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our Seder and catered meals via Zoom with so many of our Temple Israel family members.  Thank you to Rabbi Howald, Student Cantor Richman, the Temple Israel Adult Choir and all those who participated in the Seder.  Thank you to Stacie Magnus and Kaplan Caterers for the delicious meals. And, most especially, thanks to Jennifer Straniere and Jodi Siegel for planning, shopping, e-mailing, calling, organizing and packaging, with the help of the Straniere, Siegel and Magnus Families.

Our Popcorn Fundraiser is still running.  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.

Thanks to your contributions and support of Sisterhood and our activities over the course of this year, we have been able to fulfill our initial commitment of $3000 to the temple and increase it by an additional $2000 so far.   We hope to be able to give more before the end of the year. Your continued participation in our events and your generous donations will make that possible.

We are looking forward to hosting some in-person outdoor events in the coming months, so please watch for announcements and e-mails.  We miss you!

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, March 14th .We discussed the preparation of the Yellow Yom HaShoah Candle distribution. Additionally I reminded all of our members of next month’s 1st nominations for Officers and Directors for the 20221-2022 calendar year. 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.
 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. Thank you to all of the Brotherhood members who volunteered to make this project a success.

We also discussed the slow return to in person services and gatherings at the Temple. With this in mind I have tentatively requested August 22nd as the date for the annual Brotherhood Bar B Que. We will explore this in more depth as the next few months come along. Please mark your calendars.

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

APRIL 2021
SHARIANN GANZ on her retirement from Temple Israel’s Hebrew/Religious School.

ILENE PAPPERT on being selected as an honoree for the JCC L'Dor V'Dor First Generation Award.

KEN & LOIS POPLER and Family on the loss of his sister, Pamela Wendy Popler Tolk. 
MAURICE GOLDSTEIN & family on the loss of his brother, Jaime; 
BARBARA FRIED & family on the loss of her cousin,
David Russin.


Ian & Henry Gross, grandsons of KAREN & JERRY GROSS,
and son Marc Gross, all recovering from COVID;
MIRIAM FRIEND recovering from surgery on both hands.



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.

Happy Spring as we are looking forward to warmer weather and, hopefully, the ability for in- person prayer soon. Please see exciting information later in this article.    

Passover began on Saturday evening March 27th.  Special thanks to Sisterhood for arranging and organizing the purchase of individual Kosher for Passover meals from Kaplan Caterers and providing wine, matzoh and desserts for the first night Seder led by Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Richman that night on Zoom.   The first day Passover Service was 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 9:15AM that Saturday.

On Wednesday, April 7th at 7:00 PM Temple Israel will be observing Yom Hashoah on Zoom.  Our speaker is scheduled to be survivor Arthur Spielman, a Staten Island resident.  As is our custom, a short Service will follow.   Mr. Spielman’s participation has been arranged with the assistance of the Speaker’s Bureau of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. More information is provided in the flyer found in this bulletin.  

In addition, please note that the Community Yom Hashoah observance will also be held on Zoom at 6:00 PM on Sunday April 11th.  Their theme is “Reflections of the Shoah” and will include the reading of Holocaust poems.  Additional information will be provided as it is available.

Further we are excited to note that an in-person socially distanced Erev Shabbat Service has been scheduled for April 16th.  Reservations will be required and all CDC, city and HUC-JIR guidelines will be followed.  Live streaming of the Service will be available for those congregants who are unable or uncomfortable to attend in person.  Please watch for further instructions.

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 as noted above.
Please stay safe and healthy and hoping you and your families had a Zissen Pesach.

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 March:
Paulina Leibovich, Jake Leibovich, Shariann Ganz,
Jeffrey Ganz, Deana Feder, Inez Singer,
Karen Gross and Jerry Gross  

Nina Rohan
Ushering Chair



Dear Temple Israel Family: 

Many Jewish communities have a custom of staying up all night studying Torah on the first night of Shavuot, a practice called "Tikkun Leil Shavout." This usually involves lots of coffee and delicious dairy treats to keep up our strength as the night progresses. This year, we are considering a smaller version of a "Tikkun Leil Shavuot" after our Erev Shavuot service on Sunday, May 16th. This virtual study session would probably last about an hour or so and would focus on the Zohar as a mystical meditation on the 5 Books of Moses. If you are interested in participating in this study session on the evening of May 16th, please contact the rabbi at mdhowald@gmail.com.

April 2, 2021
Nancy Avis *
Israel Pisetzner *
Helen O'Krepke
Dr. Hyman Poritz *
Gilda Schuster
Dora Selmon
Estelle Dichter *
Steve Nison
Louis Siegel *
Max Baruch *
Paul Leder
Edith Miller
Daral Neiman
Theodore Ruskin
Florence Soloff *
Glenda Kalish
Edward Marcus *
Alan Trontz
Etylda Berkowicz *
Klara Berkowicz *
Abraham Pollak *
Markus Pollak *
Rosa Pollak *
Sofia Pollak *
Sidney Sheren *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Hana Wincentowski
Tadeusz Nadolny
Sara Safier
Golda Buchman
Goldine Katzenstein
Irene Kahn

April 9, 2021
Stanley Benjamin *
Mitchell (Melech) Gordon *
David Gornstein
Esther Burger *
David Feldhamer *
Ethel Gershansky
Earl Gross
Betty Liebowitz *
Murray Mazer
Albert V Rosen *
Ira Bankofsky *
Sol Lubin
Minnie Pepperman
Clara Vinocur

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Ignacne Pulitzer
Fernand Kammerer
Herc Weinberg
Erezebeth Bleier
Sari Fischer

April 16, 2021
Michael Doria
Frances Friedman
Ruth Kosnitsky-Feigelman
Erwin Badrian
David Behar *
Paul Martin Gross *
Sara Pappert
Herman Schnittman *
Albert David Soren *
Evelyn (Lynne) Benjamin *
Mary Goldberg *
Edythe Kahn
Shirley Shapiro *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Perec Paschinewski
Otto Kowalski
Zanvil Ofman
Henri Hingrez
Cornelis Korpershoek
April 23, 2021
Seymour Barris
Dora Flaum
Edith Marks
Bertha Schlefstein *
Charles Ira Salzberg
Rubin Sheren *
Franklin Joseph Stein *
Rhea Greenspan
Maurice Scher *
Estelle Gootenberg *
Larry Littman
Bert Meyerberg *
Malvina Goldberg *
Murray Lee *
Samuel Richter *
Cornelius Bregoff *
Edith Gloates *
Irving Smith

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Fidele Mante
Alfred Schwind
Gyorgy Braun
Chaja Wilenczyk
Franciszek Ksiarek

April 30, 2021
Carl Berkowicz
Sallie Klaw *
Joseph Kerstein *
Rose Schneider
Jennie Blumenthal *
Abraham Cohen *
Naomi Newhouse Jablons *
Sonia Outman
Joel Chernoff
James Gamble
Gertrude Gross *
Frances Reiss
Julius Schneider
Benjamin Sherman
Arnold Wells *
Ettie Berman *
Sidney Holzman
Rebecca Lauren Lipsitz *
Dora Wolchok
Elizabeth Greenfield
Clara Hershenson
Clara Schneider
Gary Singer

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Jan Borytas
Marcus Drasinover
Adamne Muncz
Suleymann Cesenin
Johanna Philippsohn
* 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, April 2
Celebration of April
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Service at 7:00 p.m.
via ZOOM

Friday, April 9
Service at 7:30 p.m.
via ZOOM

Friday, April 16
Service at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 23
Service at 7:30 p.m.
via ZOOM

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

Torah Study and Shabbat Services
Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 3
Torah Study at
9:15 a.m.
Passover Shabbat
Yizkor Service at
10:30 a.m.
(See link at the beginning of this bulletin)

Fellow families and congregants, 

As we welcome April, we are in the midst of preparing for our children's year-end celebration of learning in Religious and Hebrew School. While we still have a few months of classes, we want all families to save the date for our 'End of Year Stepping Up Ceremony and Celebration' for all students on Sunday, May 23 at 10:30am outdoors in our Temple's patio. We will enjoy music, dancing, ice cream and togetherness after our year of virtual teaching and learning.

Ensuring that we are safe and stylish for this on-site activity and all activities to follow, we are excited to launch a Religious School Fundraiser this month! Please see the attached flyer and purchase your "I Love Temple Israel Mask" today! Masks are available for $10 or 2 masks for $18. All fundraising proceeds will benefit our religious school activities for next school year. 

Our next Parents' Committee Meeting will take place on Sunday, April 11th at 9:15am and I look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Passover and be well!

Felicia Otto
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Shabbat Shalom BYOD To Your Home- On Friday, May 21st at 6:00 PM we will welcome Shabbat together on Zoom with a different twist. This time we will all order or prepare dinner on our own and gather virtually to pray, eat and enjoy Shabbat together on Zoom.  (See flyer with more information in this issue of E-Shalom).  

** TI WIIFM (Temple Israel- What’s In It For Me?)
Temple Israel is a busy place. See flyers throughout this issue for specific information. We are grateful to the Avis Foundation at Temple Israel for their support.
Here are some suggestions:
     Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Services and Saturday morning Torah Study and Shabbat Services are wonderful ways to add meaning and spirituality to your weekend.
     Do you need physical discipline for body and mind? Try one of our yoga and chair yoga classes.
     Do you need to clear and calm your mind? Try our meditation class.
     Are you interested in learning something new? Try classes in TV and Radio of the 50’s and 60’s.
     Do you want to make lifelong friends while helping Temple Israel? Join Sisterhood or Brotherhood.
     Are you looking for ways to engage the youngest members of your household? Temple Israel’s Religious School, supported by the Avis Foundation for Young Families at Temple Israel, continues to plan many engaging activities and experiences.

Temple Israel is unique for the many opportunities we provide for our members to engage with one another and build community. Our leadership, committees, auxiliary organizations and clergy are working hard to create new and meaningful ways for us to get together both virtually and in person based on new CDC and Hebrew Union College guidelines.


If anyone is interested in joining Temple Israel, please have them contact the Membership Committee through the Temple Office. 
April 7-8, 2021
Click anywhere on the flyer above to print or download.
Temple Israel’s fiscal year ends in June.  Please make sure that you maintain your “Member In Good Standing” status by settling your account before the end of June.  

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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Feel free to share this link with family and friends so that they can order treats and support our Sisterhood too!

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Just what you need and just what they want!
The only place on Staten Island for all your Jewish gifts.
Special Orders available.
Contact branchtr.ricci@gmail.com or call the Temple Office at 718-727-2231.
Some featured items this month:
Contact Blanche Ricci at branchtr.ricci@gmail.com
if you are interested in any Judaica Shop items.

Many thanks to Mark Meyer for his informative and thought challenging Art History program, sponsored by the Avis Foundation. Watch notifications for future dates.

Sunday, April 4,—4 PM.  Judy, Judy, Judy, The Effects of the Pandemic Upon Us”
“Transitioning to a New Normal World, and Lessons From this Past Year”

Tuesdays, April 13, 27. May 11, 25—7:30.  Meditation, with Jen Korten. 

Tuesday, April 14,—7:30. American Film History: The Golden Age of Hollywood, with Mickey Tennenbaum. “Singing in the Rain”. (Avis).

Wednesday, April 21, 28, May 5, 20— 7:30. TV and Radio in the 50s and 60s, presented by David Frankel. (Avis)

Links will be sent shortly before the Zoom programs.
Cheryl Levine and Judith Pessah
Adult Learning Committee Co-Chairpersons
Bryn Biren & Terry Baver
Avis Foundation
Click on flyer to print or download.
Spring is here and we have a calendar filled with activities for both children and adults.

The “Games, Games, Games” program is in full swing for our older children at The Resource Room (534 Forest Avenue). The 10 year olds and older will be meeting on Fridays, April 16 and April 30 from 2:45 PM- 4:45 PM. They are really enjoying being together, playing a variety of challenging games and just laughing!

The STEAM classes at the Resource Room for 6-9 year olds will take place on Fridays, April 9 and April 23 from 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM. These children will be enjoying Legos, Robotics and interactive games.

In addition, we are arranging for Brian, the Animal Guy, to visit Temple Israel ( in an outdoor setting) with his many animal friends this Spring.. We are also arranging for Temple Israel events for each age group at the Staten Island Zoo. As soon as we have exact dates and times we will let you know.

During the month of April we continue to offer adult Yoga classes on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM, Monday nights at 6:15 PM and Thursday nights at 6:30 PM. If you are a parent who has been under stress we strongly encourage you to join any one of the classes. You need NO experience. Self care is so important! Contact Bryn Biren at MsBunny7@aol.comfor the Zoom links.
Most importantly, we are looking for new families to join Temple Israel. 

Our Temple family has been incredibly active during the past year. We have so much to offer. Contact Terry Baver at 1(718)490-4428 or Bryn Biren at 1(718)447-6225 with any leads. 

We look forward to seeing all of you as time goes by at in-person activities. Stay safe!
Terry Baver & Bryn Biren

Please join the FUNdrasing committee on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:45pm to test your knowledge of everything Staten Island for our 
Island-Wise Virtual Trivia Night
Hosted by our very own Larry Flaum. $20 per person includes show and raffle. Additional raffles $10 each.
Make your checks payable to Temple Israel and mail it with the tear off from the flyer below to Rhonda Trontz-Allen 660 Bard Avenue, Staten Island NY 10310.

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey-Gamoran, Lissa Winchel
Click the order forms above to print or download.
Tickets are complimentary, but preregistration is required.

To acknowledge the honorees with a journal ad
For more information, contact Evett Shulman at
718.475.5256 or eshulman@sijcc.com
Are you stressed?
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Join Us.


SUNDAY class begins at 6:30 PM. ON APRIL 11
CLASS ON APRIL 18, 25 will begin at 7:00 PM.
Instructor: Jennifer Korten
APRIL 11, 18, 25

629 410 6339

MONDAY class begins at 6:15 PM.
Instructor: Denise Nizzare
APRIL 12, 19, 26

THURSDAY class begins at 6:30 PM.
Instructor: Denise Nizzare
APRIL 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

964 585 2910


Free for Temple Israel Members & Their Friends!

Classes are for ADULTS ONLY.

Both chair and mat students are accommodated at each class.

For more information, contact
Terry Baver at 718-490-4428 or
Bryn Biren at 718-447-6225

Please consider becoming a member of our KAVOD SOCIETY.
It helps to make membership available to all our families. Speak to our Financial Secretary to upgrade your membership.
If you have any questions about your membership or if you know a potential new member please contact our Financial Secretary Jennifer Straniere at tmplisrfinsec@aol.com.
Contributions to Temple Israel as tributes, dedications or memorials are welcome and are published in the weekly Shabbat program.

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

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

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

PRAYERBOOKS may be dedicated in honor or memory of a special person or occasion. For specific prayerbooks and donation amounts, look for the Prayerbook icons found in this bulletin

Please make checks for Donations to the RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND payable to that fund.

Donations in any amount may be made to SISTERHOOD OF TEMPLE ISRAEL or BROTHERHOOD OF TEMPLE ISRAEL with checks made payable directly to the affiliate organization.

For a leaf on the TREE OF LIFE in honor of a simcha, please scroll down. 

For permanent MEMORIAL PLAQUES on our Family Memorial Wall or Original Memorial Wall, please call the Temple office at 718-727-2231.

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