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 - MAY 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.
Many of our usual Temple activities have now become virtual. Links to our on-line services, classes and meetings can be accessed in multiple ways.

Click on the links in the PURPLE boxes which appear in this bulletin at the posted times.
Click on the links which appear in the weekly News and Notes or Erev Shabbat Programs each week.
Go to the Temple website where all links are now listed and click on the event you wish to join. The Zoom meeting page can be accessed BY CLICKING HERE . .

All sessions will take place using Zoom. If you wish to call into these meetings, the phone numbers for audio access are also listed. *Please note that some of the meetings may require that you inlcude the listed password.

Please join us for any or all of the following Shabbat and Holiday services, Torah Study sessions, meetings or informal get-togethers.

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A Message from
Rabbi Michael D. Howald
As Governor Cuomo’s  “New York State on Pause” executive order closing schools and all non-essential businesses stretches into its 5 th  week, it may seem like a strange time to remind everyone who hasn’t already done so to fill out their census form.  Although it might seem that we have more important things to be worried about, the current pandemic is, in fact, an important reminder about the importance of census data during a public health emergency. Federal, state and city governments all use census data to make decisions about allocating medical and financial resources to local communities. If the available data significantly undercounts the true population, or underestimates the degree of need in our neighborhoods, we will all suffer by being significantly underserved by routine government services and in extraordinary times like the crisis we find ourselves in today.
         Due to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19, the pace of census completion in all neighborhoods on Staten Island is significantly below the total from the comparable period 10 years ago. Despite efforts which included, in addition to mail, telephone and social media, knocking on people’s doors, only 62% of Staten Islanders filled out the census 10 years ago. As of two days ago, the response rate for Staten Island was only 45.4% with only a few months to go before the data collection period for the 2020 census ends. In 2010, New York state’s overall response rate to the census was 76%, placing our state 45 th  out of 50 states in completion percentage and placing our island significantly below the rest of the state in households represented. As a result, Staten Island’s demographic data was significantly skewed, almost certainly resulting in a significant undercount of our population and of the degree of need in our community.
In a state that already has the greatest negative balance between the taxes we pay and the benefits we receive, filling out the census is particularly important. When we neglect to fill out our census forms, our entire community suffers. Not only do governments use the data to distribute funds from hundreds of programs, but census data helps health care providers predict the spread of disease through communities with vulnerable populations. When floods or superstorms strike our state, the census tells rescuers how many people will need their help. When Congress apportions congressional seats, census data determines how many representatives our state will have. When our population is undercounted, we risk losing seats, not only to population shifts, but to other states with more complete counts. In sum, filling out the census, and asking our neighbors to do so as well, is one of the easiest and most effective things we can do to help prevent Staten Island from being forgotten when it comes time to allocate funds to aid our recovery from the health and economic effects of this pandemic.

         The invitations to respond to the census went out in March. Filling out the census form is easy and can be done online, by phone or by mail without ever leaving your home. Robin and I answered the questions on the online form in about 10 minutes after receiving our letter. If you have not done so already, please fill out your census form as soon as you read this article. By doing so, you help our community build a future for all its members. Thank you for your attention. Robin and I pray we all stay safe and well during this time of crisis.

Rabbi Michael Howald    
A Message from
Jerry Gross & Alan Siegel

Dear Fellow Congregants,
Greetings to our fellow Congregants; it is our hope that you are safe and well as you read this message.  There have been very few changes in our Temple community since we last reached out to you.  Although many of our previously scheduled events have, out of necessity, been cancelled, we are hopeful that they will be rescheduled in the coming months as the current situation improves.  We are truly encouraged by your participation in our on-line, virtual events through the use of Zoom as we celebrate our weekly Shabbat services.  Special thanks go out to Rabbi Howald for his mastery of this technology and putting it to use on very short notice.  Thanks also go to Student Cantor Benrey for her musical enhancement of our Services.  And, as you know, children of our Religious School are being taught by their dedicated teachers using a virtual format. Another note of thanks goes out to Sisterhood as their weekly on-line chat groups provide their members the chance to gather from a distance to interact over coffee or other beverages and maintain their actual connections.  And how could we not acknowledge the weekly meeting of the Avis Foundation sponsored Yoga classes that allow their adherents the chance to unwind and relax from their homes.

As you have come to understand, we are not alone in our need to suspend our in-person group gatherings.  Just  this past weekend we had the chance to congratulate our long-time member and current Financial Secretary Jennifer Straniere as she was honored virtually by the SI JCC as a L’Dor V’Dor award winner.  And in the coming weeks, we will have the opportunity to offer on-line kudos to both Bryn Biren and Terry Baver for their stewardship of the Dr. Ron Avis Foundation for Temple Israel as they receive a very well-deserved award from the UJA.
Looking ahead in the month of May, we remind you that our annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 20 th  by means of our Zoom platform.  You will be receiving official  information about this event in a separate email.

Nonetheless, our congratulations go to each and every one of you as you read this monthly message.  You are the focus of all of our efforts on behalf of Temple Israel so that we can remain a viable and strong voice for the Reform Jewish members of our greater Staten Island community.  (Probably also for our inter-state members who have relocated themselves.) We are counting on you to continue your active participation in the many virtual activities that are available to you and we sincerely look forward to that time in the, hopefully, very near future when we can turn off our electronic devices and once again gather in our Sanctuary and Social Hall to celebrate in-person with one another.

We wish you safety, health and wellness as we move forward as the mainstays of Temple Israel Reform Congregation of S.I.

Alan & Jerry
 Alan Siegel and Jerry Gross

P.S. If you know of a fellow Temple Israel member who is not receiving our e-mail communications, please ask them to call the Temple office with their current e-mail address.
Our annual Congregational Meeting will take place virtually on
7:30 P.M.

All end of year reports and related documents will be e-mailed to all members in good standing in advance of the meeting.
If you know of any congregants who have not been receiving e-mail communications from Temple Israel, please have the contact the Temple Office.

The link for the meeting is included in the listing of Virtual meetings located at the beginning of this

Notes from Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Dear Temple Israelites,

As remaining stagnant in our homes continues to be our new norm, it becomes very easy to lose our spirit. When our lives are altered in unexpected ways, it never ceases to amaze me how much we take for granted in our day-to-day lives. I recall how when I tore my quadriceps tendon, I came to realize that I had taken for granted my ability to walk and move with ease, and never had I really stopped to marvel at the miracle of the body in that way. As I healed, I found new meaning in the Nisim B'chol Yom, the daily blessings, and prayed them harder than ever before. 

Now in this time of quarantine, there is much to be grateful for and to appreciate: the clean air we breathe, nature and its beauty, our ability to self-isolate, having enough means and space in our homes to separate ourselves from our loved ones to prevent illness, our health in general, people's ability to care for one another, technology that allows us to stay connected...the list goes on and on. In this alien time, take a moment each day and check in with yourself and/or with God. What are you grateful for today? What are you really missing? How are you feeling? What can you do to bring a level of normalcy tomorrow that will keep you moving forward?

Know that whatever you are doing, it is important to be kind to yourself and to recognize that, given the circumstances, you shouldn't punish yourself if you are not able to be as productive or active or (insert adjective here) as you would be normally. After all, we are all  basar vadam , flesh and blood, and we have all been affected in an unexpected way. This is no small change that we are working through, and our lives changed very suddenly and drastically. Your feelings are valid and I'm sure echoed by many others.

I am grateful for the strength of this community and that we are able to connect each week in prayer, albeit virtually. May our prayers continue be elevated, and may the act of praying heal us as well and nourish us with the power of connection.

Student Cantor Benrey
Student Cantor Jennifer Benrey
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
How lucky are we to be able to still stay in touch and even see each other (electronically) during this crazy times? I am so proud that our Sisterhood remains vibrant and busy even though we have not been physically together for almost 2 months now. 

Our Monday morning “Coffee and Conversation” and Thursday evening “Happy Hour”  Zoom gatherings have been wonderful.  We laugh, we chat, we catch up with each other, we share ideas and information. We compare the state of our nails and hair, our diets, our health and our shopping adventures. Most importantly, we stay close. 

Sisterhood is still doing almost everything we have always done.  We have continued to hold our regular Executive Board Meetings and General Membership meetings, albeit electronic ones.  We still pray and plan and program.  We still hold fundraisers!  

We hope that you are planning to participate in our “BOARD AT HOME” activity. Orders are due by April 30 th .  Please see the flyer below and give Jodi a call to confirm your information.

Our Sisterhood Meeting/Pajama Party/Scavenger Hunt on April 25 th  was a great success.  It was also pretty good exercise for those who participated.  Thanks to everyone who joined us for an evening of fun. Congratulations to our winners: Sue Freedman, Andrea Simon and Karen Gamoran. Your prizes have been mailed to you!
If you would like to participate in this activity, please call Jodi immediately. We must have your order by April 30th, even if your check is received after that!

You can click directly on the flyer to print or download it.

Our next Sisterhood Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. This is considered our ANNUAL MEETING. End-of-year reports will be presented and the election for next year's Officers and Directors will take place.  The Proposed Slate of Officers for 2020-2021, which was accepted at our last meeting, has been e-mailed to all Sisterhood Members in-good-standing.  You can also click on the document to the right to access it. Your presence at this meeting is very important.  Please join us. The link for the meeting can be accessed in the Virtual Meeting section of this bulletin.  You will also receive it via an e-mail from Sisterhood.

Unfortunately, our End-of-Year Dinner plans have been put on hold for now.  We will certainly let you know our new date as soon things return to whatever our new normal will be.
We are continuing to plan ahead and would love to hear any new ideas you may have for Sisterhood activities, events and fundraisers for the coming year.

In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe. And please do stay in touch with us. Join us for our virtual gatherings...even if it’s only for a minute or two just to say “hi”.

In Sisterhood,
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Temple Israel – Reform Congregation of Staten Island
Hello Everyone.
I hope that this finds all of you and your families are well and staying healthy. It has certainly been challenging times we are all experiencing, but rest assured you always have your Temple family to reach out to via phone, face time or our special ZOOM meetings, services and gatherings.

At this time all events and meetings for the Brotherhood are being cancelled. 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 there 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 personal interaction I leave you with this message: Stay strong, Be positive and Do your best. Together 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….
Yours in Friendship and Brotherhood,
Jeff Ganz

MAY 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Look for your invitations and journal ad information in the mail soon!

as she recieves the First Generation L’Dor V’Dor Award

for their upcoming honor by the UJA for all their efforts on behalf of the Avis Foundation for Temple Israel.

Former member ED ELMAN and family on the loss of his wife,
Phyllis Elman.
GAYLE CHASON  & family on the loss of her sister, Daral Neiman; LIBBY GERSHANSKY & family on the loss of her cousin, Theodore Ruskin; 

The family of BEATRICE VICTOR, past Sisterhood president and Temple trustee and founder of the Senior Olympics; 

SAL & JACLYN MAZZOLA (grandparents of Linda & Larry Hanibal) on the loss of their grandmother, Phyllis Mazzola Brennan; 

FERN BARRIS and Family on the loss of her cousin, Brian Kudler; SAMANTHA SCHERER and family on the loss of her grandmother, Florence Sigmund; 

SANDY FEUERSTEIN and JAY DUSKIN and Families on the loss of their cousin and former Temple member Paula Marshon,
wife of Eddie Marshon.

Ian Gross, grandson of KAREN & JERRY GROSS, recuperating from 2 nd  degree burns.
BEVERLY MAZER and to all our members impacted by the coronavirus.

As this article is being written we continue to experience a time of uncertainty. Although the pandemic seems to be plateauing in New York, it is still hard to know how to plan as the city and state remain on PAUSE until at least May 15 th

We are grateful for the ways Temple Israel has been able to keep us spiritually and emotionally connected with the use of current technology, i.e. Zoom. During the month of April we were particularly grateful for Rabbi Howald, Student Cantor Benrey and the Temple leadership for continuing to provide “virtual” Erev Shabbat Services, Torah Study and Shabbat Morning Services as well as a virtual Passover first night Seder and virtual Passover Morning Services and Yizkor on the first day and seventh day of Passover. And although our planned Yom HaShoah Observance, Speaker and Service was postponed, Rabbi, with the assistance of Cantor Kat Hastings and Cantor Lauren Bandman provided a brief Yom HaShoah Remembrance on Temple Israel’s Facebook page. 

We continue to be grateful to Jaimie Blackman and Dr. Ken Pickover for their musical talents on Saturday morning.
We note that Erev Shavuot and Shavuot will be observed and celebrated on Thursday evening May 28 th  and Friday morning May 29 th.

Please look to your e-mails, messages, Temple Israel News and Notes, Temple Israel’s Facebook page and this E-Shalom Bulletin for additional information about the special service and study opportunities in the month of May until we are able to physically return to our Temple home.   

Until then we pray that all stay safe and healthy. 

Linda Brill and Jeffrey Ganz
May 1, 2020
Joseph Kerstein *
Rose Schneider
Jennie Blumenthal *
Abraham Cohen *
Naomi Newhouse Jablons *
Sonia Outman
Joel Chernoff
James Gamble
Frances Reiss
Julius Schneider
Benjamin Sherman
Arnold Wells *
Ettie Berman *
Sidney Holzman
Joel Kleinman
Rebecca Lauren Lipsitz *
Edith Marks
Elizabeth Greenfield
Clara Hershenson
Clara Schneider
Gary Singer
Sally Berger *
Louis Melniker

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Moses  Zaks 
Ludwig  Neu 
Ezriel  Blausztajn 
Jean  Raiser 
Max  Heimann

May 8, 2020
Michael Duskin *
Katherine Marks *
Rose Kitoff *
Beatrice Kutell
Solomon Nison
Anna Siegel
Alan Bernard Sostek
Harriette Duskin *
Alma Rothwein Jacobs *
Clara E. Silverberg *
Muriel Trachman *
Milton Eisen *
Barry Nadel
Ida Shenman *
Fay Schaefer *
Esther Goldman Dumont

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Nafania  Rubin 
Laszlone  Stern 
Teofiel  Van Den Driesche 
Maria  Singer 
Jozsef  Rosenfeld 

May 15, 2020
Beatrice Lachman *
Ada Lauter *
Gertrude Gross *
Dr. A.  Milton Jacobs *
Dorothy M. Melniker *
Rea Silberberg
Dora Wolchok
Ernest Beck
Harold B. Blach
Roslyn Klein
Craig Lawrence Horn *
Suzanne Nadel *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Samuel  Wolpow 
Sandor  Gruenfeld 
Raphael  Gicquel
Benjamin  Szabrynski 
Felix  Madanowski

May 22, 2020
Murray Gold *
Florence Hurkin *
Alan Soloway *
Charlotte A. Braverman *
Seymour G. Gollubier *
William Grodman
Rose Lipson
Marilyn Tanzer
Itta Berlyand
Fred Feigelman
Irene F. Carducci *
Edith Gamoran
Iris Mushnick
Etta Rabin *
Ane Sussman *
Rita Feldstein *
Ruth Lewis
Dr. H. Edward Marshon *
William Brill *
Irving Cohen *
Carole Lachman *

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Gertrud  Serwotka 
Maximilian  Kulwass 
Robert  Kummelberg 
Klara  Farkass 
Fela  Dunski

May 29, 2020
Burton Cohen *
Eugenia Gavarlynsh
Anna Katy Silverman *
Leon Grossman
Robert Selig
Peter Nash *
Beatrice V Dubrim Morse *
James A. Meyers *
Lee Pessah *
Ben Harris
Eleanor Ecker *
David Manger *
Jesse Silverman *
Shirley Wolinitz-Sacoff

And we remember from the Holocaust:
Sidi  Dachner 
Miklos  Kahan 
Levie  Heertje 
Herta  Hirsch 
Janis  Lapikens
* 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.
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,
we appreciate you sending in your contributions toward these wonderful Onegs!
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. 
Erev Shabbat Services
Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Torah Study and Shabbat Services
Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
We will resume
Family Shabbat Services
on the
1st Friday of each month
in person as soon as we can!!!

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

Shabbat Shalom Dinner: UPDATE:
According to Governor Cuomo’s most recent update, things are improving a little, but we still have a long way to go before our N.Y. State communities can “open up” completely. With that in mind, we feel that, although we had hoped to be able to have our May 15 th  Shabbat Shalom dinner, it will not be possible to plan for it.  We will continue to hold the money that our members paid and plan to have the dinner as soon as it is safe for us to be together face to face.  If you would like a refund, please contact the Temple office. The answering machine is being monitored and your request will be acknowledged.

** TI-   WIIFM (Temple Israel-What’s In It For Me) – The past month has been very difficult.  We are all struggling with the quarantine, with concern for family and friends on the front lines of the epidemic and with worry for those who have contracted the virus. Please know that what’s in it for all of us is exactly that-  all of us .  We are  ALL  in this together. The Rabbi and the Temple Presidents and leadership are available to help or just to listen. 
Temple Israel  is  its members and the strength of its members!! 

Some things to try this month: 
Zoom  has been our lifeline.
·          Rabbi Howald conducts Erev Shabbat services, Saturday morning Torah study and Saturday morning Shabbat services all on Zoom.
·         Rabbi is also conducting Hebrew Boot Camp on Zoom.
·         Rabbi plans to have a class on Jewish mysticism on Zoom.
·         Bryn Biren has been organizing Zoom yoga.
·         Jodi Siegel, our Sisterhood co-president, has been organizing Zoom Monday morning coffee hours at 10am and cocktail hours on Thursdays at 7:30pm.
The links to all of these can be found in this E-Shalom.

Stay strong, stay well, and stay in touch. Zoom with us until we can meet face to face again.

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The Avis foundation Cabaret has been moved to June 20. Please mark your calendars.
Due to the current situation we are moving the Murder Mystery adventure to the Fall. We will let you know the date as soon as we can set it.
Once we are allowed to have meetings again we will pick a day to have a bring a dessert get together with raffles and a 50/50.
Please consider donating a gift to raffle anytime, or please let us know if you know of any businesses that might be willing to donate.
Everyone please stay safe.

Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Trontz-Allen, Karen Frey-Gamoran, Lissa Winchel
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If you would like to join the Choir, just come to any rehearsal...
and all the rehearsals that follow!
Fellow Parents, 

May marks the end of what would have been our last full month of Religious and Hebrew school this year. While we are unsure of when we will be able to learn, pray, sing and socialize together at Temple next, we thank Rabbi Howald and Cantor Benrey for facilitating our interactive Sunday morning family prayer service as well as classes through google classroom. Last week, we all spent the morning on a virtual field trip to Israel in celebration and preparation for Yom Ha'atzmaut and together, we visited historic landmarks, countryside, cityscapes and took a peek into the cultural life of Israelis. 

As our year wraps up, two of our teachers have special messages for their classes below. We wish everyone health and wellness and can't wait until we can be together soon!

Felicia Otto

Messages from Your Teachers.....

Dear Students,
Although we're not ending there school year the way we originally planned, I want to thank you all for sharing your Sunday mornings with me and Phineas. We had so much fun learning about the different Jewish holidays and values, and I hope you remember the great times we shared over this past year. Have a great summer everyone!
Ms. Brooke

I hope you all had a wonderful experience learning to read and write Hebrew and practicing your blessings. I'm here for you if you have any questions. Stay well and healthy, and I look forward to seeing all of you soon.
Morah Sarah

Greetings Kitah Aleph Families,

Shalom Bayit means peaceful home.  During this time, everyone has to stay in their home to be safe and stay healthy.  Students are learning on line and many  parents are working from home as well.  It can be quite a challenge at times for everyone in the family to get along when they are together all day and all night, day after day, week after week, month after month.   

So how can families live together peacefully?   Disagreements are bound to occur.   As we say in class, "It is ok to disagree; that’s how we learn".   Communication and listening skills are very important.  Be respectful of your family members and their belongings, say you are sorry when you are wrong.    What if there is only one television in the house but the family can’t agree on what show to watch?  Learn the fine art of compromise and take turns so everyone is happy.
Shaboom Bim Bam (a favorite source for videos in our class)  has a video on cooperation, compromise and how to get along  and here’s the link:   https://youtu.be/KmrXIfzVN50.

Reading is a great activity.  My sons ordered many books from AmazonSmile (and supported Temple Israel at the same time 😊).   Two books for young children about Shalom Bayit in the Kitah Aleph age group are “Schmutzy Family” by Madelyn Rosenberg and “Terrible, Terrible” by Robin Bernstein.  

Finding things to do to keep busy is a way for all to get along.  There are activities for each family member or activities for the entire family to participate.   Have fun thinking of ways to work with your family to have a peaceful home. It is up to you to come up with ways on creating your Shalom Bayit.  This is the time to have fun and be creative.   To download a Shalom Bayit worksheet click HERE .

Staying home to keep safe from the COVID-19 virus will hopefully be a once in a lifetime event.  In an era where families are busy and every waking minute of the day is allocated to  school, learning, music lessons, sports and some other after school activities, families spend very little quality time together.    The lesson to learn is to make the most of your family time together.    Do things to get to know, understand, respect and love each other.  Create great memories together and make the best of the situation, for those great memories will warm your hearts forever and ever.  

Morah Joanna

Adult Learning hopes you are all well.
Rabbi Howald presented Hebrew Boot Camp as a two part Zoom class on April 15th and 22nd. We thank him for this informative, entertaining series. We are looking forward to his three-part series on JEWISH MYSTICISM on Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 27 via Zoom. Please contact Cheryl Levine at cherylmlevine@gmail.com if you would like to participate. (See details in the flyer below.)

If you haven't yet read "Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens, we highly recommend it. It has been on the NY Times' best seller list for over a year. If you have a favorite book you'd like to recommend, we'd love to compile a list. Please email all suggestions to  cherylmlevine@gmail.com .

We are still hoping to have another Rosh Chodesh celebration of women as soon as possible, and a private tour given by the Lower East Side Conservancy.

If you are looking for suggestions of activities, there are many opportunities on line at this time. The Museum of Jewish Heritage, Temple Emanuel and the UJA are all offering programs on a regular basis. The 92nd St Y is presenting most of its regularly scheduled classes on line, but charging a fee. You can also look at its Archives, where you will find concerts and talks for no fee. There is no end to the number of Broadway programs on line. If you're interested, look at Stars in the House, or  Broadway.com .
Looking forward to seeing you very, very, very Soon!!!!!

Cheryl Levine
Judy Pessah
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In this month’s Bulletin we could write about all our wonderful plans for next year. We could remind you that we are constantly thinking about ways to enrich our school and create opportunities for our children to learn about their heritage and to explore their spirituality. We could share the feedback we are receiving from parents who are lovingly thinking about creative ways for our children to learn when school resumes. 

But we would rather express our profound appreciation for our community. We have been moved by everyone’s concern for each other. Members have offered to shop for older congregants; many congregants came to a virtual funeral for a long time and beloved member of Temple Israel; many came to a virtual shivah to support a valued new member of our community. 

Research has been done over the years on the concept of “social capital”. Social Capital refers to the connections among individuals….the sense of reciprocity and trustworthiness we can all share with each other. Though we are all different, we all bring our own gifts to our community. And we are all able to be there for each other, if we so choose. Social Capital and being a part of a caring community matters…and we know that now more than ever. 

We are also moved by the expression of gratitude we have heard from so many. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote that our goal in life is to live in “radical amazement”….to get up every morning and take nothing for granted. In the midst of this extraordinarily difficult and complicated time, we have been hearing expressions of gratitude from congregants. 

We are both profoundly grateful for our community. We are grateful for both our new and old members. We are grateful for Rabbi Howald’s wisdom, kindness and generosity of spirit. We are grateful for the lay leaders of our community for their extraordinary work on our behalf. We are grateful to the first responders in our congregation…the nurses and doctors and police officers and truck drivers and electricians and teachers and all those who are enabling us to live our lives. 

We look forward to seeing you virtually at services and religious school and at other online events we will try to create. We are grateful that while we are physically distancing we are not socially and emotionally distancing. 

Terry Baver & Bryn Biren

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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 .

During these troubling times, when we are unable to physically be together at Temple Israel, it is important to make sure that we maintain our building and support our clergy and our employees so that our community remains strong and viable for when we are able to gather together at our beloved synagogue once again.

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.

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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Rabbi  Howald conducted a well attended zoom shiva and minyan service for Gail Chason’s sister Daral  Neiman.  Our hearts go out to the family and may they find comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.  May her memory be for a blessing.
Prayers for all the families impacted by the coronavirus. To show support of our health care and other essential workers, at 7pm each night stand in front of your home and clap your hands or bang on a pot with your neighbors.  Get involved….but stay safe.

Pamela J. Carlton
Caring Community
Sisterhood is holding a fundraising event for Staten Island-based COVID-19 Charities. You can participate by joining in the “Board at Home” activity or simply by sending your donation, made out to Sisterhood of Temple Israel , to Beverly Mazer, 33 Emerson Court, Staten Island, NY 10304. Please indicate the word “Board” in the memo line of your check. Thank you!
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