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November 16, 2023

3rd of Kislev 5784

Parshat Toldot

Erev Shabbat - November 17th


4:12 pm

Candle Lighting

4:12 pm

Shabbat - November 18th

Latest Shema

9:36 am


9:30 am


4:02 pm

Shabbat Ends

5:19 pm

This Week's Kiddush:

Deli Meat and Sushi Kiddush

Sponsored by:

The Kiddush Fund

Click here to make a donation to the Kiddush Fund, this helps cover unsponsored kiddushes.

Click here to sponsor a Kiddush

Upcoming available Kiddush dates:









Thanks to Sarah Baskin for hosting the Women's Brunch this past Sunday. Also big thanks to Rachel Blum, Shira Levin and Naomi Newman. Lots of fun, great food and excellent community building by all who could attend.

Rabbi Kornfeld's Classes:

Practical Halacha

 Monday - Friday @ 9:30 am

The Laws of Shabbat

Text: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch

Location: Only on Zoom


Talmud Class


Weekly class: Thursday @ Noon

Location: In Library or on Zoom 


Shacharit Schedule


Sundays @ 8am, Monday - Friday @ 7am. Talmud to follow.  

Please call or text Rabbi Kornfeld @ 206-679-9117 to confirm your participation and to confirm the service will be happening.  


Important News for Island Synagogue Members:


  • We have created an "Israel Information" page on our website (Updated 11/9/2023): This page contains helpful links to all things surround the Israel situation. If you have anything that you would like us to add please send it to office@islandsynagogue.org. It can be seen by clicking here or from the shul website header "Israel Info".

  • Support Israel
  • Please visit https://www.aipac.org/israel-at-war/takeaction to find practical ways of supporting Israel. Included on the site are instructions for how to contact members of Congress to motivate passing of bills with additional funding needed at this time.
  • Military Rabbinate Band sings Acheinu, the song we have started to use during Shabbat services. You can find both Hebrew and English words at the bottom of p. 146/7 in the Artscroll Siddur Kol Yakov. Click Here for the Youtube
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Bringing Our College Kids Together this Thanksgiving!
Hi all. These are emotionally challenging times, especially for our kids who are in college. What better time to bring our college kids who will be home for Thanksgiving together with our local Jewish college community (and interested high school seniors)! They all deserve a laid-back night of community and fun where they can reconnect with old friends and meet new ones for the first time. 
When: Monday evening, November 20th
Time: 7-9pm 
What: Pizza, Bowling, and Games
Register Here
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR KIDS, YOUR FRIENDS, ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED!!  Register your student (or have them register) here: register now at this link. (And if possible, please also reply to me with your student's interest level, or if you have questions.)

The event will be sponsored by Hillel UW. Security is very important to all of us. More details on the event including location and info on security for the event will be sent privately once your college student has registered.  
-Alan Waldbaum
For more information, please email: alanwaldbaum@hotmail.com

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Island Synagogue

8685 SE 47th Street, 

Mercer Island, WA 98040

Web: www.islandsynagogue.org

Office: To reach the office 

please email office@islandsynagogue.org

Newsletter: Newsletter submissions should be sent to office@islandsynagogue.org by Tuesday, at 8:00 pm. 

Membership Information

Email: membership@islandsynagogue.org         

Island Synagogue's IOS (Apple) & Android App

IOS (Apple) Version

We have a updated our IOS (Apple) App that you can download to any of your Apple Devices (i.e. watch,phone or tablet). You can use this device to access your account, make a donation, check the member directory or check the Zmanim calendar. Simply go to the app store and search Island Synagogue and look for the white and black logo as seen above.

Android Version

If you have an Android device the app has not been updated but still functions like the new IOS version. All you have to do is go to Google Play store and search Island Synagogue and a blue and white app should pop up, image of app also below. If you have any questions please contact Keith at office@islandsynagogue.org.


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