Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island
315 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
tmplisrael@aol.com
Rabbi Michael D. Howald                     Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Co-Presidents Jerry Gross and Alan Siegel
E-Shalom -FEBRUARY 2020
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.
ALL TEMPLE ISRAEL MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING A NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR THE SELECTION OF THE SLATE OF OFFICERS AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF TEMPLE ISRAEL FOR 2020-2021.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020
12 NOON

(immediately following Religious School and the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Meeting)

A Message from
Rabbi Michael D. Howald
        
As I write this article, my one-month sabbatical is coming to its end and I am looking forward to returning to Temple Israel at the end of January.  I can’t wait to share with you the details of our trip to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, two places I have wanted to visit for decades.  In this article, however, I wanted to address something else that happened during my sabbatical; namely, the opening of voting for the 38 th  World Zionist Congress.  Since this vote will help determine the trajectory of Reform Judaism in Israel and around the world, it is vital that each of us cast a ballot. Let me explain why this election is so important.
            The World Zionist Organization (WZO) was founded by Theodor Herzl in 1897.  Every 5 years, the Congress of the WZO meets in Jerusalem and determines its policies and leadership. These decisions influence hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and who will serve as representatives to important affiliated organizations like the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Fund. The Congress also makes decisions that affect the status of Reform Jews in Israel and across the world. This election, accordingly, is an opportunity for Jews all over the world to determine the priorities that will govern executive policy, departmental direction, and budgetary decisions for the next 5 years in a host of agencies that support important initiatives in Israel and around the world.  In order to vote, you only need be Jewish and 18 years of age or older by June 30, 2020.
The American delegation to the World Zionist Congress is the largest single delegation from outside of Israel, with 145 delegates.  When you cast your ballot, accordingly, you help determine which slate of delegates will represent American Jewry at the next Congress.  This year, 15 slates are vying to represent the Jewish community in the United States, including the Association of Reform Zionists of America (“ARZA”), an acronym that means “to the Land” in Hebrew.  ARZA   is the Zionist voice of the Reform Movement and promotes engagement with Israel in North American through advocacy, travel, and education.  By voting for ARZA, you help ensure that Reform Judaism will have a voice in the upcoming World Zionist Congress.  If you want to know more about ARZA and its important work in Israel and in North America, you will find the platform of ARZA for the 2020 election here:   https://arza.org/our-platform/
Voting in the election is easy.  Simply go the American Zionist Movement website, located here:  https://azm.org/elections      and double-click on the link that says “Vote Now.”   Before casting a ballot, every voter is asked to pay $7.50 to cover the cost of the election.  After paying the fee, you will receive a PIN number that will allow you to cast a vote for one of the 15 slates that nominated delegates to represent the Jewish community in the United States.  ARZA is the only organization representing the Reform movement in the current election. Voting is open now and you have until March 11th to vote. I have already cast my ballot to support Reform values here and in Israel.  I hope you will do the same! 

Rabbi Michael Howald 
A Message from
Co-Presidents
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel


Welcome to February, the shortest month of the year.  For this year, however, a ‘Leap Year’, an extra day has been added to the month. As always, Temple Israel fills each day with many activities for our congregants.

            We are looking forward to our Shabbat Shira service on February 7 th   at 7 pm when we will enjoy the voices of both our Children’s Choir as well as our Senior Choir. Also, on that evening, we will be celebrating the birthdays and anniversaries of our members during the month of February with a Tu B’Shevat themed oneg.

            On Sunday, February 9 th , we invite you to attend the joint Brotherhood and Sisterhood meeting at 10am.  Of course, breakfast will be served.  In addition, we look forward to the presentation of a Guest Speaker, our own congregant Jay Duskin, who will be sharing his family’s four-decade relationship with Staten Island.  And following the conclusion of this presentation, a brief Congregational Meeting will be convened in the Social Hall to select representatives for the Nominating Committee for the selection of a slate of Temple Officers for the 2020 – 2021 year.  And, as if that were not enough activity for the day, Sisterhood invites you to participate in Fruit Carving Workshop at 1:30pm.  Please be sure to register to reserve your seat for this event.

            As always, we look forward to greeting you at our Erev Shabbat Services throughout the month and invite you to attend Torah Study and Shabbat morning services with your fellow congregants.  Please be sure to read your E-Shalom Bulletin for more information about specific activities.

            We wish you a very pleasant and rewarding month at Temple Israel.
Jerry & Alan
 Jerrold Gross and Alan Siegel
Co-Presidents   
NEW OFFICE HOURS FOR TEMPLE ISRAEL
Monday, Thursday, Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Notes from Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Shalom!

This month, in celebrating Tu B'Shevat, we celebrate all that grows. Trees, nuts, and fruit of all kinds...all these our Earth gives to us. With gratitude, I think of the words of Shehecheyanu: Blessed are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for allowing us to reach this day. On Tu BiShvat, we focus on v’kiyamanu, thanking God for sustaining us, keeping us alive. What a blessing it is that the Earth provides enough food for all of its inhabitants! The miracle of life is truly wondrous and awe-inspiring. The earth gives us so much to sustain us, and it is high time we begin sustaining it in order to be able to continue the cycle of giving.

With rampant fires, dangerous hurricanes and tsunamis, and destructive tornadoes becoming ever more rampant, with deforestation becoming more widespread and regulations to protect the environment becoming more and more scaled back, we need to do our part now more than ever to protect the Earth. That requires us making our voices heard to effect change. We need to take action and write our politicians as well as vote for those who care about sustaining the world as we know it. We need to do what we can to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We need to preserve what we have so that we can allow ourselves to reach new moments. This Tu B'Shevat, may we be mindful and ever more grateful for our trees that give us life, sustain us, and that have allowed us to reach this moment.

Kol tuv,

Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Co-Presidents
As always, Sisterhood continues to be very busy.
At our most recent general membership meeting, our agenda was packed with reports about the multitude of recent events and information about plans for upcoming events and initiatives.

We are grateful to everyone who supported our recent Adult Bingo Night and the Bowling Extravaganza.  Both of these events were filled with fun and laughs.  Sincere thanks go to our Vice-Presidents of Ways and Means, Claire Guttsman, Sandy Feuerstein and Sandy Mazzucco for making Bingo an entertaining and profitable evening and to Felicia Otto and Samantha Sherer for all their hard work in planning and running our family Bowling Extravaganza. Both of these events offered lots of great raffle prizes and we are appreciative of all the businesses and congregants who made donations toward these prizes.  Thank you to all who attended and supported these Sisterhood fundraisers.  
We are looking forward to our Tu B’Shevat -themed Oneg and planting on Friday, February 7 th .  Please come for Shabbat Shira services and stay for our Birthday/Anniversary Oneg which will be filled with desserts made with the 7 species of Israel in celebration of Tu B’Shevat created by many of our Sisterhood members.   We will also be providing all the necessary components  for the traditional planting of parsley seeds which you will be able to harvest in time for your Passover Seders.  We look forward to celebrating the New Year for the Trees with you at Temple Israel. 

As per our Constitution, the Sisterhood Nominating Committee has been formed and will soon be hard at work preparing the slate of officers for the 2020-2021 year.  Sisterhood needs you in a leadership position!  Please join our board as an officer or director.  When you get the phone call from a member of our Nominating Committee, please be sure to say, “Yes!”  

As Purim draws near, we are also hopeful that everyone will participate in the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot by becoming a sponsor.  This allows Sisterhood to provide a Shalach Manot gift to every single family and child attending our Erev Purim service and shpiel.  It also allows us to make a generous donation to an Israeli charity.  All sponsors receive upgraded and elegant gifts along with having their names listed on the gift tags received by recipients.   Flyers with details are available.  We are grateful to Blanche Ricci, Linda Hanibal and Deanna Feder who chair this annual fundraiser. 

We are embarking on a brand-new cuddly initiative!  Sisterhood has learned that hospitals and Emergency Medical units are in need of stuffed animals in order to comfort children in need of medical attention.  We will be collecting stuffed animals (new one’s only, please) to be delivered to area hospitals and EMT facilities.  If you are unable to bring a stuffed animal, your monetary donation toward this project would be greatly appreciated.

Our next General Membership meeting will take place on Sunday, February 9 th .  Join us, along with Brotherhood, for breakfast and hear our own long-time congregant, Jay Duskin, talk about 4 generations of the Duskin Family on Staten Island.   The Congregational Meeting will follow, so please plan to stay after our meeting. 

But wait, there’s more!   At 1:30 that day, following the Congregational Meeting, Sisterhood will host a Creative Fruit Carving Workshop.  Everything you need (tools, fruit, directions and instruction books) will be provided.  The workshop is being run by Sheina Herrera and promises to be a creative and beautiful way to celebrate Tu B’Shevat.  Please make your reservations by contacting Claire Guttsman  or leaving your check for $40 (payable to Sisterhood of Temple Israel – Memo: Fruit Carving) in the Sisterhood mailbox.  Non-Sisterhood members are welcome.

And, thinking ahead even further.... order your Matzogram matzahs on line now so that they are sure to arrive in time to make your Passover Seders even more colorful and interesting. See the flyer elsewhere in this bulletin for the ordering instructions and Temple Israel Sisterhood’s unique code.

We look forward to sharing all these events, and more, with each of you. Click on our SH Calendar icon below for a complete listing.

Please keep in mind that Sisterhood cannot do what it does for our synagogue without each and every one of you. Without you, we are not whole. Please join us.


In Sisterhood,
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Co-Presidents
THE BROTHERHOOD
Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
Brotherhood recently had their monthly meeting which was very well attended. It was great to see so many attend during the cold winter months.

As we plan ahead, please remember that our annual Purim Carnival will take place on Sunday March 8th, immediately following Religious School. Please look for our flyer for details. Games and prizes for all of the children will be offered along with food and beverages. Please mark your calendars for this special afternoon. Looking ahead, our commitment to the remembrance of the Holocaust will be honored by our Yellow Candle Project. These candles are lit in remembrance of all those who endured such terrible times. We shall never forget, and we must keep the memory alive. I ask that, when you receive the candle,  please offer a donation to offset the cost of this endeavor.  Another event which will take place during the spring months is our Men’s Seder. This will be an afternoon of learning, tradition and, of course, great food. Please plan on joining us. Additional details will be forthcoming. In the meantime, keep warm and join us at our monthly breakfast meetings.

Brotherhood needs your support. Please join us as we become even more successful next year. For only $45 you can become a Brotherhood member. Please mail your check to Temple, attention Brotherhood.

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
President

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FEBRUARY 2020
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CONDOLENCES TO:
The Aronson family on the passing of Joseph’s wife Janet.
Former member Carolyn Jacobson Samuels on the passing of her husband, David Scott Samuels
The family of former member Stanley Zimmerman
   
MAZEL TOV TO:
Jim & Nina Rohan on the upcoming marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth to Jereme Safier
Claire and Dennis Guttsman on the engagement of their son
Jory to Annie Kim

BEST WISHES TO:
Phyllis & Harry Elrich on their new residence in Florida
 
THINKING OF YOU:
Claire Bleiman, Pam Carlton, Miriam Friend, Joyce Kantrowitz,
Beverly Mazer, David Meltzer and Susan Weinman
 
WELCOME BACK:
To Rabbi Howald after what we hope was a fulfilling Sabbatical month.  
 


As we welcome Rabbi Howald back from his January sabbatical the Ritual Committee is grateful to all the lay leaders who led Shabbat Services for the congregation.  We thank Jeff Ganz, Libby Gershansky, Jodi Siegel and Jerry Gross for each leading a Friday night Shabbat Service.  We also thank Jim Rohan for providing the musical leadership on Friday January 17 th  when Student Cantor Benry was ill.  For Saturday morning we thank our four Torah Study Leaders Maxine Cohen, Judy Lee, Barbara Fried and Linda Brill who each led a study.   Saturday morning Services were mainly led by Pamela Carlton with Judy Lee leading the Service on Saturday morning January 18 th .  Musical accompaniment was provided on Saturday mornings by Jaimie Blackman and /or Dr. Ken Pickover, when available.   We thank them all.   We note that themed Shabbat Services were held on the weekend of January 17 th  and 18 th  for Shabbat Tzedek honoring and remembering the Rev. Martin Luther King.  We thank Jodi Siegel for organizing that special Service.
February brings the observance of Shabbat Shira and
Tu B’Shevat.  Please be sure to join us on Friday February 7 th  at 7:00 PM when the Family Shabbat Shira Service is followed by a Tu B’Shevat themed Oneg sponsored by Sisterhood. 

We look forward to seeing you often at Temple this month.

Linda Brill and Jeffrey Ganz
Co-Chairpersons
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE:
Thank you to the following congregants for their assistance with 
ushering during services, as well as for honoring the Congregation with their presence on the Bimah in January:

Bryn Biren, Pamela Carlton, Deanna Feder, Barbara Feigelman, Sue Freedman, Shariann Ganz, Libby Gershansky,Claire Guttsman, Larry Hanibal, Linda Hanibal, Judy Lee,
Cheryl Levine, Sandy Mazzucco,Felicia Otto, Judy Pessah,
Pamela Rogozin, James Rohan, Alina Shetynberg,
Jodi Siegel and Inez Singer.
 
Nina Rohan
 Ushering Chair
FEBRARY 7, 2020
Dr. David Silverman *
Maurice Silverman
Kalman Weis
Abraham Cohen *
Martha Leef
Leo Bleiman
Rabbi Marcus Kramer *
Alexander Meltser
Harry Nison
Caroline Stern *
Robert Henken
Harvey I. Sonnenblick
Stanley Waldman *
Richard Diamond *
Solomon Eugene Hirsh *
Hela Mydlarz
Edward C. Frey, Jr
Henrietta Hershfield
Maurice Quartin *
David Scholar *
Marie Dub *

And We Remember From The Holocaust:
ANNA SOCHOR
ALFONS KUCHTA
HERMAN HOCHFELD
LILLA HEIMANN
HAIM-WOLF OFMAN

FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Irving Blackman
Solomon Feldman
Minnie Harris
Rose Soren Jablon *
Anita Jurikson
Ruth Tiger
Joseph R. Carlton *
Eleanor Goldberg
Morris Lewis
Howard Rosenblum *
Milton Weiss
Mary Wolodiger *
Max Yanowitz *
Charles Baver *
Rosella Cohen
Barbara Freedman
Josie Machol *
Simon Schwartz *
Nathan Goldberg *
Gerald Silberlight
Joseph Andrews
Bella Leder
Abraham Lipson *
Tillie Yanowitz *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
EMILNE LIEBERMANN
JOSEF SLUSARCZYK
ELLE KANN
MOISHE BAUM
BRUNYA HOJNATSKI
FEBRUARY 21, 2020
R obert Harper
Allan Weissglass
Paul Jurikson
Joshua Kemeny
Dr. David Machol *
Evelina Shapiro
Leonard Winer *
Nancy Kerstein
Isabelle Slamow
Abraham Talisman
Jerome Fried *
Esther Grossman *
Walter Hanibal
Jacob Rabin *
Freda Rosenblum *
Amy Smith
Charles Kaner
Marcus Soloff *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
ANTON KOWALA
MIECZYSLAW KRAUS
GIZI QUITT
IZAAK DANISZEWSKI
JOSEF CERVENKA


FEBRUARY 28, 2020
Dorothy Siegel *
Morris Heitowit *
Anna Rodale
Bertha Eichler
Joseph Sitler
Thomas McGowan
Ruth Mulnick
Barney Sher *
Sarah Samith
Sylvia Polonsky

And we remember from the Holocaust:
EDMUND SORGE
HENZIA BRANDMAN
MOISHE HENIK
YITZHAK HERBERT
 LEAH GLIKSMAN
* 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.
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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. 
Friday, February 7
FAMILY SERVICE AT 7:00 p.m.
CHOIR SINGS
CELEBRATION OF JANUARY
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
TU B’ESHVAT THEMED ONEG

Friday, February 14
KABBALAT SHABBAT 8:00 p.m.
FOLLOWED BY ONEG

Friday, February 21
TOT SHABBAT 6:00 p.m.
KABBALAT SHABBAT 8:00 p.m.
FOLLOWED BY ONEG

Friday, February 28
KABBALAT SHABBAT 8:00 p.m.
FOLLOWED BY ONEG
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Thank you to all who participated at the Looney Bin. A Good time was had by all.
Please save May 2nd, 2020 as we set sail at Temple Israel for a rousing adventure Murder Mystery dinner. Details to follow.
In addition we need gifts to raffle off on March 14, 2020, when the Avis Foundation is generously sponsoring a concert, Jews and the Great American Songbook. The Fundraising Committee is collecting the raffle prizes for this wonderful event.
Please consider donating a gift to raffle anytime, or please let us know if you have suggestions for businesses that may be willing to donate.
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Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey-Gamoran, Lissa Winchel Co-Chairs
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Next Shabbat Shalom Dinner:
The next Shabbat Shalom Dinner will take place on  Friday, March 20 th   at 6:30pm, immediately following Tot Shabbat.   Reservations are needed by March 8 th . Look for the  flyer in this E-Shalom .  Share Shabbat. Connect with your Temple Israel family.
Meet and greet old friends and make new ones. We look forward to seeing everyone.

TI-   WIIFM (Temple Israel-What’s In It For Me) 
In this space we will be featuring what our members-both new and long-term-say about their connection to Temple Israel.
From Alina Shteynberg:
“We’ve been Temple Israel members for about 5 years and I’m happy to say my connection to Temple Israel has deepened over the years. We joined because it was welcoming to our mixed marriage family and convenient but it’s become a place for friendship, community and most importantly belonging and I can’t imagine our lives without it. “
Some things to try this month:  (flyers available throughout this E-Shalom)
For Adults only:
* Welcome Shabbat at our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services, followed by a sweet Oneg.
* Participate in the discussion of the book  Fleishman is in Trouble  by Taffy Brodesfer-Aker on Feb. 18 th .  See the Adult Ed column in this E-Shalom for details.
* Learn new skills at Sisterhood’s Creative Fruit Carving workshop on Feb. 9 th  at 1:30.

For Young Families:
* Enjoy a musical Family Shabbat- Shabbat Shira- on Feb. 7 th  with a Tu B’Shevat themed Oneg to follow.
* Cook and learn about Chinese food at the Culture Eats Program on Sunday, Feb. 23 rd .

The above is only a sampling of what is available.  Many more opportunities for fun, learning and spiritual growth are listed in this E-Shalom.
Temple Israel is a busy place, and there is something for everyone.

If you know of anyone who is interested in joining, please contact the Membership Committee through the Temple Office.


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Some featured items this month:
GROW KITS FOR TU B’SHEVAT!
Since June, over 300 new books have been added to the library, many of them recently published, especially novels with Jewish themes, written by Jewish authors.

The library hours are Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon, coinciding with Hebrew School classes. Books can be returned to the office where there is a box for them as well as for any books to be donated.

For more information,
contact Steve Scher at 347-683-0606 or  stevescher12@gmail.com

Steve Scher
Chair









ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS
WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 5
6:30 p.m. SHARP!!!!

JUNIOR CHOIR REHEARSALS
SUNDAYS
FEBRUARY 2,9
11:30 a.m.
If you would like to join the Choir, just come to any rehearsal...
and all the rehearsals that follow!
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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.
 
FOOD PREPARATIONS    A donation of 100 bagels was given to the Temple this month so the sisterhood pitched in and turned them into sandwiches. We brought them to Project Hospitality’s walk in center near the Ferry to feed those in need. Thank you to all those who helped with this important Mitzvah, and to those whose donations made this event possible.

**LOVING STATEN ISLAND  will meet during February on Sunday February 16 th , 5:30-7:30pm at the Church of the Ascension at 1 Kingsley Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to  kjackson@projecthospitality.org  or by calling 917-859-4535.  Loving Staten Island is an interfaith program bringing together members of our community who want to  enjoy a bring a dish to share meal   and special programs  with those from our community who have different religions.  If you are interested in this program there will be a flyer in the temple of the upcoming events, and within this Bulletin.

BACKPACKS  Every year our social action committee collects donations specifically to provide backpacks and school supplies to the children in the Head Start program that use our temple during the week.  Those children graduating from the program are given a backpack to start them on their way to a wonder of education that awaits them in the coming 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!!!

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 mor e,  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
(917)607-0782
Chairperson
Adult Learning is proud and happy to have brought the return of Rosh Chodesh to Temple Israel! Thanks so much to Pam Carlton and Susan Marks for their planning, hard work and hospitality. On Monday night January 27th many of us joined together at Susan's home to celebrate women and the season of trees. We began by lighting candles and discussing our Hebrew or Yiddish names and their origins. We then discussed several Biblical women. We ended by sharing plant based snacks and talking about planting spiritual gardens. It was a joyful and informative evening. One that we hope to have again!

We are reading "Fleischman is in Trouble" by Taffy Brodeser-Akner.    . This novel has been called a "brilliant comedy" by the NY Times and among its 100 Notable Books of 2019. We will discuss it on Feb.18th at Maxine Cohen's house. The discussion will be led by Judy Lee. Our next regular meeting will be held on March 5th.

We are planning to visit Wagner College's Holocaust Center in March to hear a discussion of "Holocaust Heroines"led by Lori Weintrob. 

And please save the date March 29th. Sisterhood will join us in sponsoring Jonathan Goldstein, who will begin our thinking about the Passover season by speaking on "The Exodus : The Myth and Reality." Do not miss it!

If you have any questions or ideas to share please contact Cheryl at  cherylmlevine@gmail.com  or Judy at  judithpessah@gmail.com .

Cheryl Levine
Judy Pessah
Co-chairs
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During the month of January, we lost a loved one from our community.  Janet Aronson, wife of Joseph Aronson, mother of Ben David and Michael.  May the family of Janet Aronson find comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may her memory be a blessing.

Our Co-President Jerry Gross is still on the mend and we all wish him a speedy recovery.  Get well wishes also go out to our dear friend Beverly Mazer.  To anyone else who is recovering from illness or surgery we wish you all the best of health. 

If you need assistance, please let us know.  As always, we hope that you, our congregants, will continue to support our Caring Community with your donations that help cover the costs of food, paper goods, tolls, parking, etc. used to assist those of our Temple Community that 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!!
Pamela Rogozin
(917)607-0782
Chairperson
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
SHABBAT SERVICE
11:00 am
STEAM Workshop-4:15 pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
9:30 am
JUNIOR CHOIR REHEARSAL
11:30 a.m.
PURIM SCHPIEL REHEARSAL
12 NOON

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
HEBREW SCHOOL
4:30 pm
(Return to regular schedule))

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
EREV SHABBAT SHIRA FAMILY SERVICE
TU-B’SHEVAT THEMED ONEG
7:00 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
SHABBAT SERVICE
11:00 am
Wagner College Children’s Theatre Program- 4:00 pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
9:30 am
JUNIOR CHOIR REHEARSAL
11:30 am
PURIM SCHPIEL REHEARSAL
12 noon

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
HEBREW SCHOOL
4:30 pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
EREV SHABBAT SERVICE
8:00 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
SHABBAT SERVICE
11:00 am

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
TOT SHABBAT
6:00 p.m.
EREV SHABBAT SERVICE
8:00 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
SHABBAT SERVICE
11:00 am
Wagner College Children’s Theatre Program- 4:00 pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
CULTUREATS PROGRAM 11:00 am


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
HEBREW SCHOOL
4:30 pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
EREV SHABBAT SERVICE
8:00 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29
SHABBAT MISHKAN PITUACH FAMILY SERVICE
11:00 am
Wagner College Children’s Theatre Program- 4:00 pm


In February we will begin an exciting new program. Our children will be involved in a theatre production at Wagner College. We will work with a professional actor, member of SAG, who will direct our youngsters in a show focusing on the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. The children will perform vignettes and songs from the show.
There will be five sessions that will culminate on Saturday, March 21st with a production at the Wagner College Black Box Theatre.
The children will meet on Saturdays, 2/8, 2/22, 2/29, 3/14 and 3/21 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM to rehearse.
There will also be another wonderful CULTUREATS program on Sunday, February 23rd from 1:00-3:30 PM at Temple Israel.
The girls and boys, ages 9 and older, will be making Chinese food that day. They must register in advance. Contact Alina Shteynberg for more information at  Alina.Shteynberg@icloud.com .
We are constantly looking to expand our young families at Temple Israel. If you know of any family interested in becoming part of our congregation contact Terry Baver at  Terryqbaver@gmail.com  or Bryn Biren at  MsBunny7@aol.com .
Bryn Biren
CALLING ALL ACTORS!!!!!
The Avis Foundation is sponsoring a 5 session theatre program for our children at WAGNER COLLEGE. The program will be led by MICHAEL FERMAN, member of SAG-AFTRA. The classes will take place in the Main Building of WAGNER ( THEATRE BUILDING), basement level from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.
THE DATES FOR THE CLASSES ARE:
FEBRUARY 8, 22, 29
MARCH 14 , 21.
On March 21 the children will perform in the Wagner College Black Box Theatre.
The girls and boys will be performing selections from
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”.
This is a wonderful opportunity! If your child can not attend every class that is fine.
PLEASE RESPOND TO BRYN BIREN at  MsBunny7@aol.com  if your child WILL be attending.
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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 .

 
Happy February!
 
I have sent out reminder statements to those members who still have outstanding commitments. Please take the time to go over these statements and call me if you have any questions or email me at  tmplisrfinsec@aol.com.
 
If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming a member of Temple Israel please have them contact me or call the Temple Office at 718-727-2231.
 
We urge you to consider becoming a member of the Kavod Society or if you are already a Kavod member please consider moving up a level. This additional funding allows us to assist some of our other members.

Have a good month,
Jennifer Straniere
Financial Secretary 
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, 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.

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