Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island
315 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10301
Rabbi Michael D. Howald Student Cantor Elizabeth Flynn
President Bryn Biren
Temple Israel’s New 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.
A Message from
Rabbi Michael D. Howald
As we prepare to say goodbye to the Hebrew year 5777 and hello to 5778, our preparation often includes both a looking backward on the past and a gaze toward the future. The year 5777, for instance, contained some extraordinary anniversaries for the Jewish people, including the 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress formed by Theodor Herzl in 1897 and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War that so dramatically changed the face of the modern Middle East. The year 5778 also promises some important historical commemorations: the 100th anniversary of the issuance of the Balfour Declaration, the statement that committed the United Kingdom to seek a national home for the Jewish people in their historical homeland, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ 1947 partition vote that set the stage for Jewish independence and the 70-year anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel in May of 1948. More locally, next June will also mark the 70th anniversary of Temple Israel, formed to celebrate the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty after so many years of powerlessness.
In a sense, all numbers are arbitrary. The calendar divisions between one year and the next, the counting of years from one anniversary to the next, yet these numbers have become important in marking the passages of human life from one milestone to another. We celebrate golden anniversaries, 70th birthdays and pause to read articles on “this day in history” because we find connection and meaning in both beginnings and continuities. Our institutions, our organizations and our states, like human beings, all have a day of creation and all face the challenges of growth and longevity that characterize every living organism. As sentient beings capable of self-reflection on the nature of our mortal existence, we naturally find significance in that which endures from one year to the next, whether it be people, ideas or institutions.
As we celebrate for ourselves, so do we celebrate for what we have built. As we look inward in this coming season of introspection to assess our past conduct and future promise, so do we consider the historic past and potential future of what we have created and sustained. This past year has already been filled with numerous retrospectives on the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. The coming year will doubtless see countless assessments of Israel at 70 and the notable events which led to her creation. We will also have occasion to consider Temple Israel’s founding in June of 1948 and our community’s pathway forward in the decades ahead. These assessments, both individual and institutional, are a natural expression of our tradition which counsels us, particularly during the High Holy Days, to consider both the path we have walked and the one we will choose to carry us forward into the New Year. May we make our choices in the season to come steeped in knowledge about where we began and inspired by visions of where we might still go!
Happy New Year!
Rabbi Michael Howald
A Message from
Welcome to the exciting beginning of a new year at Temple Israel. As a child, the new school year always excited me. It particularly thrilled me to sleep with my new school shoes placed next to my bed. When I woke up I would delight in the smell of the new leather and the look of brand new shoes.
This year our monthly Temple Bulletin is taking on a new look. We have spent months researching and investigating the most modern and best methods of communicating with each of our members. Very special thanks go to Jodi Siegel who has stepped up to take charge of this project. Jodi will work with Lara Calderon, our office manager, Joanna Meltzer, our webmaster, and Jerry Gross, our computer expert to make certain that all our forms of electronic communication are aligned! The electronic bulletin is a work in progress. This is a new undertaking, so we ask for your patience.
Continuing with the theme of new things, I extend an invitation to each of you. Come to Temple Israel this month and try something new. If you have never attended Torah study, how about it? While showering do you think you have a beautiful voice? Our Adult Choir welcomes new members.
Do you feel that this is a time when you want to reach out to assist those who might be in need? It might be the right time for you to join our Social Action Committee? The time is also right to notify Rabbi Howald if you would like to learn Hebrew, prepare for an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or if become a part of our Adult Confirmation class.
Life is short. Challenge yourself today. I am available to help you at any time to find the right niche for yourself at Temple Israel. Just let me know.
Student Cantor Elizabeth Flynn
It is truly hard to believe that the high holy days are nearly upon us. As we enter this season of renewal and reflection, there are many things to consider. In the days ahead we will take stock of the year that has passed, think about the decisions we have made and actions we have taken, and prepare for the changes we wish to make for the year ahead. As I enter my final year of cantorial school, this season carries a unique significance and weight for me.
This year I lead our congregation in prayer for the last high holy day season before I am a fully ordained cantor. I feel immensely blessed when I reflect on the amount of growth I have experienced and progress I have made while serving as the student cantor of this community. As we embark on this final year together I am excited to continue my growth and know that every single experience will be invaluable in preparing me for my career as a fully ordained cantor.
This high holy day season, I am both reflecting on the work that I have done with our community and thinking forward to the projects that I am really excited about getting started this year. In June I spoke at the gala about how proud I am to be a part of a synagogue that is so strongly driven by community. The whole congregation is moved forward by the will and compassion of its members. I have seen this every week at Shabbat services, at holiday celebrations and when the community comes together to support its members in times of celebration and of crisis. Most directly, it is my work with the adult choir and the religious school where I have experienced this community’s strength.
In the coming year I am excited to contribute to exspanding the ways our community comes together. Specifically I am energized about once again bringing together Temple Israel’s young singers in a youth choir. It is my hope that if we have the enthusiasm from our students, they might sing at our family Shabbat services or other holiday events. Additionally, I am exploring the idea of putting together an occasional informal rock Shabbat and am excited to utilize our congregants’ musical talents in bringing this idea to life. With great energy and enthusiasm I am heading into this New Year. I am greatly looking forward to praying with you all this holiday season and to continue to build and be inspired by our wonderful community.
With best wishes for a healthy and sweet New Year, Shana Tova!
Student Cantor Liz
Welcome to another wonderful year in the world of Sisterhood of Temple Israel.
Our first bulletin article of the year usually reviews all that we did over the summer. This year, however, we want to focus on our
On Tuesday, June 14th, almost 50 Sisterhood Members shared a wonderful dinner planned by Fern Barris and Rebecca Hand, our out-going Membership VPs. The End-of-Year dinner is traditionally a time for us to celebrate the work we have done over the year and to show our gratitude to each other.
This year, Co-Presidents Shariann and Jodi initiated a brand new (and what we hope will become an annual) award.
The Presidents’ Award
is given to those Sisterhood members who have gone above and beyond for Sisterhood.
In this inaugural year, six deserving women received this honor.
Libby Gershansky, Claire Bleiman, Deborah Chernoff, Deanna Feder, Linda Hanibal and Blanche Ricci
each received a framed print selected especially for each of them from the
Proudly Jewish/Voices & Visions Collection
. Each print included a quote from a notable Jewish leader, author, or teacher and a beautiful piece of artwork illustrating the vision. We are grateful to each of these wonderful women for all their acts of Tzedakah, Chesed and Tikkun Olam on behalf of Sisterhood.
Don’t miss our first
MEETING & BREAKFAST
of the year on
Sunday, 9/10 at 10:00 a.m
, it's still not too late to become a member of our amazing organization.
SISTERHOOD DUES are $40.00 and
FRIENDS OF SISTERHOOD (open to all men in our Congregation) is $36.00.
We look forward to having you join us at our Paid Up Members Dinner on October 25th.
We look forward to another wonderful year together and we wish you a Sweet New Year.
Jodi Siegel & Shariann Ganz
Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and enjoyable summer. Brotherhood's Annual Family BBQ was a huge success. I would like to especially thank Kevin Lipsitz for chairing this special event. I would also like to thank all those that helped with set up, cooking bringing food and desserts so that everyone had a great afternoon. Brotherhood looks forward to a great year participating in many events to benefit our Temple. Please join us on September 10th for our Kick Off Breakfast with Sisterhood. I would like to see all of the men of the Temple there to start the year off on a positive note.
Brotherhood is a vital affiliate organization of the Temple and I strongly ask that everyone become a member. We hold monthly meetings to take care of business, but more importantly, to offer a bonding experience with your fellow men of the Temple Family. Please remember to help out with the
Stream Clean Up
Sukkah on October 1.
Please share your ideas with us to enhance the Brotherhood experience this year. Together as one we will experience renewed strength.
September 10- Kick Off Breakfast
September 17 -Stream Cleanup
October 1 - Sukkah Set Up
October 11 -Simchat Torah
Ice Cream Sundaes
November 12 -Brotherhood Meeting
December 17 -Brotherhood Meeting Family Chanukah Party
Here’s to the start of great year …..
Yours in Friendship and Brotherhood,
Please consider becoming a member of our
It helps to make membership available to all our families.
Speak to our Financial Secretary to upgrade your membership.
BROTHERHOOD MEETING OF THE YEAR
DAY OF RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
2017/5778 HIGH HOLY DAYS
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
- September 16, 2017
- Repast and Havdalah Service - 6:30 p.m.
- Program Presented by Rabbi Howald - 7:00 p.m.
- Selichot Service - 9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 20-Erev Rosh Hashanah Service* - 8:00 pm
- Thursday, September 21-Rosh Hashanah Morning Service*- 10:00 am followed by Tashlich
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES ON ROSH HASHANAH MORNING
There will be activities for children during Rosh Hashanah morning Services on Thursday, September 21st starting at 10:00 AM. These activities are for students in Pre-K to Second Grade. Children under age 4 must be accompanied by an adult. The children will be brought up to the Sanctuary to experience the Shofar Service.
Should you have any questions please contact Shariann Ganz.
- September 21 - Rosh Hashanah Learning Service- 10:30 a.m.
- Friday, September 29 -Kol Nidre* - 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, September 30 - Morning Service*- 10:00 a.m.
Children's Service-1:30 p.m.
Ark Doors Open for Private Meditation
- 2:30 p.m.
Discussion in the Library
- 2:30 p.m.
- 4:15 p.m.
Yizkor/Neilah followed by Break the Fast-5:30 p.m.
Tickets Required - Please contact the Temple Office at 718-727-2231
For your information, last year a new prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe was introduced and used for the evening Service of Rosh Hashanah and for the Kol Nidre Service of Yom Kippur. This year this prayer book will not only be used for these Services but also for the afternoon and Yikzor/Neilah Services of Yom Kippur. This prayer book comes as a two book set, one book for each of the High Holy Days and was published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 2015 through the CCAR Press. Please join us and continue to experience what this prayer book has to offer our prayer experience. We note that the red Machzor, Gates of Repentance will be used during our morning Services of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The Ritual Committee of Temple Israe
GOOD & WELFARE
Remy Larsen-Devito and family on Phineas becoming a Bar Mitzvah.
Kim & Victor Avis, Linda & Alan Brill, Pamela Carlton, Pamela Rogozin & Barbara Tepper on being honored by Temple Israel at our Annual Gala.
To Debra Smith and Scott Levine as Granddaughter Aubrey Sloan was welcomed into the House of Israel.
To Jackie and Michael Rabinowitz as daughter Emilia Hailey was welcomed into the House of Israel.
GET WELL WISHES
George Kurlander, Pamela Rogozin, Judy Pessah, Charles Nadel and Les Feuerstein recovering from surgery.
George Lachman recovering from a broken hip.
Sue Freedman recovering from a broken wrist.
Rose Sternberg recovering from a broken foot.
Pamela Carlton receiving from cataract surgery.
Erica Greenbaum recovering from a hip fracture.
Joseph Gamoran and Family on the loss of his brother, Samuel Gamoran.
Camille Koenigsberg and Family on the loss of her mother, Annette Scarciotta.
Maxine Cohen on the loss of her brother, Steven Martin Cohen.
Pamela Carlton and family on the loss of her cousin, Henry May.
Welcome back members Joy Robins & Ralph Dickar.
The Ritual Committee is grateful to all our lay leaders who led Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat Services and/or Torah Study during the summer when Rabbi Howald was away. In particular, we thank Jerrold Gross for leading a Friday Night Shabbat Service; Alan Tepper, Barbara Fried, J.R. Rich, Pamela Carlton, Muriel Schlefstein, Andy Kass, Jaimie Blackman and Arnold Grossman for leading a Saturday morning Torah Study and Pamela Carlton, Luigia Wiesner, Muriel Schlefstein and Linda Brill for leading one or more Saturday morning Shabbat Services. Further, we thank Jaimie Blackman and Luigia Wiesner for providing musical accompaniment on numerous Saturday morning Shabbat Services.
In addition, we appreciate the efforts of Arnold Grossman and thank him for organizing and scheduling the Torah Study leaders.
We also thank James Rohan who with the assistance of Senior Choir members (when they were available) provided the musical leadership for Friday night Shabbat Services during our summer months when our Student Cantor Eiizabeth Flynn was off. Jeffrey Ganz and Linda Brill, Co-Chairpersons Ritual Committee
Jeffrey Ganz and Linda Brill
Co-Chairpersons Ritual Committee
The Ritual committee thanks the following congregants for accepting the honor of ushering and/or sitting on the Bimah during Shabbat services in June, July and August:
Paul Bierman, Phyllis Elrich, Deanna Feder, Barbara Fiegelman, Karen Frey Gamoran, Barbara Fried, Joseph Gamoran, Jeffrey Ganz, Ira Gershansky, Libby Gershansky, Karen Gross, Claire Guttsman, Larry Hanibal, Susan Marks, Beverly Mazer, Blanche Ricci, JR Rich, Pamela Rogozin, Elizabeth Rohan, James Rohan, Susan Sappin, Judy Scher,Maurice Schlefstein, Muriel Schlefstein, Alan Siegel, Jodi Siegel, Fred Simon, Inez Singer, and Rhonda Trontz‑Allen
Jerry Gross & Nina Rohan
CARING COMMUNITY needs your support. Our Temple Family is very important, especially in times of need. When someone needs assistance, such as when a loved one is lost, our Caring Community is there to help. We supply food for the family when they return from the cemetery, setting up and cleaning up after shiva and try to be there to lend support. The Caring Community also assists families with rides to a doctor when they cannot get there themselves or with meals when necessary. Your donations to the Caring Community Fund cover the costs of food, paper goods, tolls, parking, etc. Thank you for helping our Temple Family.
Pamela Rogozin and
So much has happened, and so much more is coming up this year!
Over the summer, the Adult Education Committee held a movie night, showing “Coming to America: The Jews”, with a bring-a-dairy-dish-to-share dinner.
On another evening we held a lively book discussion. "
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
brought up issues of informed consent, racism, health insurance, women’s rights, compassion, respect, and more!
Now, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 9 p.m. for yet another dinner,
“Food for the Jewish Soul: Bubbe’s Pantry.”
Congregants will cook a 3-4 course dinner of both Ashkenazi and Sephardic favorites, which we will share while we explore how our cuisine, and attitudes towards food have changed over the past generations.
Rabbi Howald will help us say Farewell to Shabbat with a Havdalah service at 6 PM, immediately preceding our dinner
to print out the flyer to make your reservations.
On Monday, October 30, the Rabbi will lead a book discussion of
by Ayolit Gundar Goshen. A novel about an Israeli doctor who does an unspeakable act, and is then blackmailed into helping illegals. Part thriller, part morality tale, this book will also give you insight into Israel today. Watch for details as to time, and tidbits from the Rabbi!
In collaboration with Rabbi Howald, we will be having a special evening in the Spring of 2018, when we celebrate the 70th anniversary of both the creation of the state of Israel, and the founding of our Temple Israel Reform Congregation of Staten Island. In preparation for the event, you might wish to read Lawrence Epstein’s Americans and the Birth of Israel. Epstein engagingly describes how everyday people took all kinds of risk to help the Jews in Palestine prepare for statehood, and the ensuing war once statehood was declared.
Barbara Tepper and Judy Pessah
The Fundraising Committee would like to thank the host families as well as all who participated in our
Eat, Drink and be Merry
Fundraiser. A great time was had by all!
Save the Date
November 11, 2017
Karen E. Frey Gamoran &
Welcome back to all returning students and our new students!
year begins on
Sunday, September 10th, at 9:30am.
9:30 am–12:00 pm
(9:30 am-11:45am for Kitonim)
will begin on
Wednesday, September 13th at 4:30 pm.
(4:30 pm- 6:00pm
for Students in 3rd Grade & Up)
Mazel Tov to Matthew Bastelli, Noah Miller and Phineas Larson who each became a Bar Mitzvah this past year. We look forward to celebrating as Landon Levine becomes a Bar Mitzvah in November 2017.
We are in the early stages of planning a couple of trips this year. We are looking into a trip to the Eldridge Museum (a Synagogue) on the lower east side of Manhattan and the Tenement Museum in Manhattan with possibly a walking tour. We are open to any other suggestions or ideas. Please contact me at:
with your ideas.
I am looking forward to working with all the parents, teachers and the Rabbi to create and provide an educational and inspirational school year for all our students. As in the past, your generosity of spirit and cooperation will be much sought after and very much appreciated!
All parents must contact the Temple with any updated contact information, as well as the school year that your child will be entering in public school. Please call Lara at 718-727-2231 with this information.
School will not be in session on the following dates in observance of Jewish holidays and/or public school holiday closings:
Erev Rosh Hashanah (8pm Service)
(6pm Dairy Dish Dinner & 7:30pm Service)
Columbus Day Weekend
Erev Simchat Torah
MLK Jr. Weekend
Shavout Service 7:30
Memorial Day Weekend
Wishing all a HEALTHY & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
School Board Chair
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
$25 in advance (by 10/14)
or $30 at the door. Checks payable to Sisterhood of Temple Israel.
(Bring your own joke,
or we’ll be happy to provide you with one or two!)
, 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, to show others what is important to us. There are so many activities for you to help make Staten Island a better place to live, and feel good about yourself at the same time!
: Several times a year we prepare meals for Project Hospitality. Each time we feed over 100 homeless, or needy, people. You don’t have to know how to cook. If you can open a can using a can opener, peel carrots or potatoes with a peeler, mix cooked pasta with tomato sauce, WE NEED YOU! Christmas morning is a traditional Food Preparation day for us. We start at 9:30 in the morning, and have the food prepared and ready to be brought to designated locations by 1 pm. So plan on making this Christmas a special one, for you, and the people of Staten Island.
: For the past several years, we have been purchasing backpacks filled with school supplies for the 36 preschoolers in the Pre-K we house. One backpack is given to each child at the end of the “Stepping Up to Kindergarten” ceremony in June. Most of these children come from homes where English is not the native language. Having these school supplies imparts to the families how important we believe education to be. Make a donation to Temple Israel Social Action, any amount is appreciated. To fulfill this mission, we need approximately $450 each year. Your donations and help in filling the backpacks the day before the graduation, are appreciated! We also purchase readers to distribute to the “graduates”.
: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 assist us.
: You can write to your elected officials about issues which concern you. You can participate in marches, demonstrations, and lobbying trips to express your desire for legislation to protect individual rights, as guaranteed by our Constitution.
: Barbara Feigelman and Barbara Tepper have been volunteering for the New York City Marathon for the past 4 years. Join us for an opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world, and be an ambassador of sorts for New York City. If we can get more volunteers to join us, we can have our own “Temple Israel Team” of volunteers, working together to help make this awesome event be successful. Contact either Barbara to join in the fun!
Barbara Tepper & Pamela Rogozin
Inez Singer will be collecting donations for
Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Annual Breast Cancer Walk will take place on
Sunday, October 15th at 10am at Midland Beach.
An envelope will be in the Sisterhood Mailbox for any donations. Donations will also be collected at the Sisterhood Meeting on September 10th. Please make all checks payable to
American Cancer Society.
Hopefully you have received your membership package in the mail. If not please contact Lara in the office. If you have any questions about the package or High Holiday Tickets please email our Financial Secretary, Jennifer Straniere at
(No phone calls please!)
To see a list of all our
Hebrew & Religious School
dates and membership information, click the buttons below!
ontributions to Temple Israel as tributes, dedications or memorials are welcome.
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.
may be dedicated in honor or memory of a special person or occasion. For specific prayerbooks and donation amounts, scroll down to the bottom of 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
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.
on our Family Memorial Wall or Original Memorial Wall, please call the Temple office at 718-727-2231.
To see list of all
Tributes and Program
Donations to Funds
for this month.....
HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
Join our Delegation!
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SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
Lena Goldberg *
Sarah Miriam Gross *
Mary Krisburg *
Evelyn Ruth Konigsberg *
Louis Schlefstein *
Solomon Jacob Gross *
And we remember from the Holocaust:
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
Gertrude Newhouse Diamond *
Marc Kopstein *
Sarah Miriam Gross *
Robert T. Lane *
Alexander Steinman *
David Schmeidler *
Harry Avis *
Leo Diamond *
And we remember from the Holocaust:
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Doris Isaacs *
Sam Schwartz *
Morris Blumenreich *
Sidney Goldberg *
Joseph Newman *
Isidore Janatofsky *
Dr. Melvin Victor *
Mark Heitowit *
Jacob Rosenberg *
Irving E. Rothaus *
And we remember from the Holocaust:
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Arthur Duskin *
Lewis Werb *
Solomon Davidson *
Samuel Andelman *
Sedge Levee *
Samuel Elman *
Florence Weinstein *
Samuel Gootenberg *
Max Reiman *
Frances Lipston *
Sidney Simon *
And we remember from the Holocaust:
SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
Fannie Kruger Levy *
Carol Schwimmer *
Millard Siegler *
Pauline Spector *
Louis Benjamin *
Irving Spector *
Victor Pessah *
Lillian Winer *
And we remember from the Holocaust:
These names are on our Memorial Wall.
We wish the following people a very happy birthday:
Bryan Ganz 09/01
Dr.Susan Grodman 09/01
Samantha Ruskin 09/01
Lynne Singer 09/02
Abraham Steinberg 09/02
Marcel Blum 09/04
Meredith Elrich 09/04
Scott E. Levine 09/04
Aimee Steinberg 09/04
Jan Feuerstein 09/05
Jennifer Lee 09/05
Roni Schorr 09/07
Shia Esme Sgambelluri 09/09
Rachel Marks 09/10
Jordan Padilla 09/10
Deanna Feder 09/13
Craig Haber 09/13
Gavin Baver 09/15
Emily Popler 09/15
Arlene Sorkin 09/15
Jonathan Menna 09/16
Matthew Ganz 09/17
Sandy Mazzucco 09/18
Lauren Abelson 09/20
Linda Coreoran 09/20
Susan K. Freedman 09/20
Harriet Kurlander 09/20
Christopher Kubiak 09/21
Joanna Meltzer 09/22
Rachel Helm Baver 09/23
Daniel Fuller 09/23
Harry Elrich 09/25
George Kurlander 09/25
Amanda Straniere 09/25
Roberta Weissglass 09/25
Brad Axelrod 09/27
Charlie Baver 09/27
Daniel Rowan 09/27
Wayne Schwartz 09/29
Noah Feldman 09/30
We wish the following people a very happy anniversary
Dr. Frederick & Roselle Hecht
Ralph Dickar & Joy Robbins
Izzy & Molly Greenspan
George & Ann Targownik
Jay Duskin & Hon. Karen Wolff
Steve & Susan Weinman
Leonard & Camille Konigsberg
James & Julie Cohen
We are sorry if your name was inadvertently omitted.
Please contact Lara at the Temple Office to update your membership information.
THERE’S STILL TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN SISTERHOOD’S COMMUNITY NEW YEAR’S CARD
INFORMATION CAN FOUND ON THE FLYER IN THE TEMPLE LOBBY OR ON OUR WEBSITE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017
For more details about donations and volunteering,
will be observed on Saturday September 16, 2017. The evening will include music, learning and prayer. It will begin at 6:30 pm with a light repast and Havdalah Service. Rabbi Howald will then be screening a film for us called “Sitting at God’s Table,” an interfaith documentary that seeks the answers to why we do what we do in the name of God. The film maker invites 5 religious leaders from 5 different faiths (Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Baptist and Episcopal) to join her for an all day progressive meal as they “break-bread” with one another and engage in a surprising conversation based on their candid responses, marked differences, and surprising commonalities. Following the discussion of the film please join us for the Selichot Service at 9:00 PM led by Rabbi Howald and Student Cantor Elizabeth Flynn. At this Service, we will be introducing the new Selichot prayer book.
Linda Brill & Jeffrey Ganz, Co-Chairs Ritual Committee
Wednesday, October 4
RSVP to Shariann Ganz
LULAV & ETROG
For information about ordering your own Lulav & Etrog for Sukkot, please
FAMILY SHABBAT- 7:30 p.m.
HEBREW SCHOOL BEGINS
I-SHABBAT - 6:00 p.m.
YOM KIPPUR CHILDREN’S SERVICE
NO SHUSH SHABBATS
will be back starting in October!
Commemorate a special celebration or honor a family member or friend with a beautifully engraved leaf or stone on our Tree of Life.
Birthday, Anniversary, Birth, Engagement, Wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
CELEBRATE ANY SIMCHA
share your joy with the Congregation at services on any Friday evening.
will take care of everything for you!
To sponsor an oneg, just call the Temple office at 718-727-2231 and we will be in touch!
Consider DONATING A PRAYERBOOK
in honor of or in memory of a loved one or in celebration of life cycle event.
Select any of the prayerbooks used at Temple Israel for adults or children.
Click on the Prayerbook of your choice for the Prayerbook Donation Form!
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