September 3, 2020 • Volume 17 No. 10
Last week, Cantor Schloss introduced us to the Reflection Project of the Reform Movement—an opportunity to best prepare ourselves during the month of Elul for the impending High Holidays by focusing on the three elements of The Spiritual, The Setting, and The Memorial. This week I suggest we focus on The Memorial.

There is a custom on Yom Kippur that when the Yizkor service begins only those who have suffered the loss of an immediate relative remain in the sanctuary. My home congregation in Chicago did not embrace this custom, therefore, I never witnessed this tradition until I was a pulpit rabbi, even though my father died when I was 18 years old. 

This year, Yizkor represents more than the loss of our loved ones. This year, due to COVID-19, we have all experienced numerous losses: Time spent online and not in school, not being present at the birth of a grandchild, not seeing co-workers, not seeing family, not dancing at a child’s wedding, airplane tickets never used—our lives resorted to zoom rooms and socially distant, seemingly sterile, encounters. And for those who couldn’t be physically present during a loved one’s last days, or couldn’t attend the funeral in-person, or who received digital condolences on a zoom shivah—how much loss remains unresolved?

By visiting, you can find meaningful ways to reflect on your personal losses of this past year, individually or, as a family.
May the losses we experienced this past year find a sacred place in our memory and inspire us to treasure all that we hold precious. 

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Deborah Hirsch
High Holidays 5781 • 2020
It's Not Too Late to Sign Up For These Events / Activities!
Elul Personal Time in the Sanctuary
Although we won’t be able to physically share in the sacred space of our sanctuary on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, sign-up for an opportunity to spend a few moments (~5 minutes) in the sanctuary before the opened Ark. You might offer prayers of the heart, or we will provide contactless prayers to help usher in the New Year. Click here to sign-up.
Six-Word Memoirs
Six-Word Memoirs enable us to peer into an entire experience with just six words. (e.g. “Thirteenth birthday. I laughed and cried.”) Please share your Six-Word Memoir of either (1) the power and meaning of the High Holidays for you, or (2) what life, post COVID-19 will look like. Your Six-Word Memoirs will be shared during our High Holiday services. Submit your Six-Word Memoir by THIS Monday, September 7th. Click here.
Scroll of Remembrance
In order to honor the memory of dear ones at this holy season, names of the departed will be printed and mailed before the broadcasted Yizkor Memorial Service on the afternoon of Yom Kippur.

If you wish to memorialize loved ones in this manner, please submit their names by noon on THIS Thursday, September 10th. Names received after that time cannot be included in the Scroll of Remembrance. Click here to submit your names.
Rosh Hashanah Shofar and Tashlich Services will be conducted outdoors, onsite, on the Temple campus. The rabbi, cantor, and Ba'alei T'kiah (Shofar Blowers) will lead socially distanced Tashlich and Shofar Services on Temple grounds. As we spread throughout our beautiful campus, we will hear the Shofar calls from various locations as we participate in the ritual of casting off our sins into flowing water. Click here to join us.
Note: While there will be opportunities to visit on-site (see details), services will be streamed. RSVP Links to Services Will Be Available Shortly!
“High Holidays From Home” Kit and Prayer Book Pick-Up
Stop by Temple Israel for a socially-distanced High Holidays greeting and to pick up supplies to help create a sacred space, allowing us to come together in community even from home. Pick-up times are 11 am–1 pm or 4–6 pm for the following days:
Thursday 9/10, Friday 9/11, Monday 9/14, Tuesday 9/15
Annual Pledge of Membership Support
Now is the time to join your fellow congregants in supporting Temple Israel as best you can for the 2020-2021 year. 

Summer Time at Temple Israel
While you're enjoying the Summer, check in with Temple Israel for Summer programming and Services.
  • Every Wednesday, Rabbi Hirsch continues her Zoom Check-In called "Wednesday Lunch Check-In With the Rabbi" beginning at 12 Noon for 30 minutes, weekly. Make sure you have your lunch with you also! This is an opportunity to have a one-to-one with Rabbi Hirsch and converse, ask questions, and join in with others for a mini-lunch session! This weekly session is available via Zoom: Meeting ID: 206 879 5603 Passcode: 3GAeKM. This is a recurring link every week!

(Other Daily Check-Ins continue to be 3 pm for now, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. You can find the check-ins on the Temple Facebook page or in Connections on the Temple Website).
  • Kehillah Shirah on Thursdays, 10:30 am via Zoom ON-GOING
  • Every Friday, The Responsa Class is an opportunity to spend some study time with Rabbi Hirsch on Friday mornings, 9:00 am. The class will be thought-provoking, interesting, but better yet, YOUR class to ask questions and study issues. Connect via Zoom: Meeting ID: 206 879 5603 Passcode: 3GAeKM. This is a recurring link every week!

  • Kehillah Shabbat on Friday, 10:30 am via Zoom ON-GOING
  • Fridays: Shabbat Evening Service at 6:00 pm continues to be available via the Stream Services Webpage on the Temple Website. But, join us earlier at 5:45 pm every Friday via Zoom: Meeting ID: 829 7590 5319 Passcode: 7AZ7u7, for some "casual welcome and conversation" before the services switch to LiveStream. This is a recurring link every week!

  • Saturdays: Shabbat Torah Study and Morning Blessings is a combined study and abbreviated worship which will include the Mourners Kaddish, giving you an opportunity for prayer and reflection, available through Zoom with Rabbi Hirsch or Cantor Schloss on alternating weeks. Zoom links will be available through the Temple Website on the Stream Services Webpage page, and here in the weekly eblasts. Join us THIS Saturday, September 5 for the Shabbat Torah Study and Morning Blessings with Rabbi Hirsch via Zoom: Meeting ID:Meeting ID: 820 2427 9550 Passcode: 2uRykB, at 9:00 am ... and if you have time to join us a bit earlier at 8:50 am on this SAME Zoom link, we'll have quick Shabbat greetings before the service begins.

Remember, for all services, you can visit the Stream Services Webpage page and join through Streaming on Fridays, and/or Zoom on Saturdays. All the zoom links will be listed there as well.

For all prayer moments, you can use an online version of our siddur (download not available) Click here. For security reasons, in ALL Zoom meetings, please identify yourself by your first and last name so that the coordinator can securely invite you in from the "waiting room."
Click for the Virtual Shabbat Leaflet
Spotlight on Temple Israel
Spotlight can be found on the Temple Website towards the bottom of the homepage, and includes past events, activities, tells of the culture, or highlights congregants at the Temple. Please visit!
Todah Rabah from the Rabbi Search Committee. Click to read more!
Community Outreach
Volunteers STILL Needed!
Temple Israel has learned that the National Guard will soon be leaving New Rochelle and that there will be immediate needs for volunteers. 

Virtual Library
My Dear Boy, by Joanie Holzer Schirm, was selected as Recommended Reading by the USA National Network of State Teachers of the Year association

Check out this book, and more right here!
Connect With Temple Israel
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