January 7, 2020 • Volume 17 No. 28
The past two days have been difficult ones for all of us, as we watched our Capitol Building and members of Congress being assaulted in an act of insurrection. Many of us were riveted to our TV screens and phones, attempting to digest the events as they unfolded. I am certain we all breathed easier when crowds slowly dispersed, and some may have woken during the night to check their phones to be certain that a calm still prevailed in Washington and throughout the country. 

Tomorrow night is Shabbat—God’s gift to us—a time to take a deep breath and reflect.
Part of our service includes a Mi Shebeirach Prayer for healing—whether of a spiritual or physical nature. Many in our country yearn for healing. Many of us need to find a place of renewal and hope.

This week, our Shabbat worship service will have a theme of healing. The Mi Shebeirach for healing prayer will provide the lens through which we will gaze into America’s wounded soul and find communal strength and resilience. 

On this Shabbat, may God’s Sukkat Shalom--shelter of peace spread over us and over these United States.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Deborah A. Hirsch
Shabbat Services: Friday, Saturday
Friday, January 8
6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service (Casual Welcome and Conversation at 5:45 pm via ZOOM Meeting ID: 885 5732 2368, Passcode: 7wW055) via LiveStream
Saturday, January 9
9:00 am Shabbat Torah Study and Morning Blessings (Shabbat Greetings at 8:50 am) with Rabbi Hirsch via ZOOM
(Meeting ID: 820 2427 9550, Passcode: 2uRykB,) and via LiveStream
Click for the On-line Shabbat Leaflet
Temple Israel On-Going Programming
Daily Check-Ins next week will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

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.
  • The Responsa Class is an opportunity to spend some study time with Rabbi Hirsch, on Fridays 9:00 am, discussing thought-provoking and interesting issues. Connect via ZOOM: Meeting ID: 206 879 5603 Passcode: 3GAeKM.
  • Kehillah Shabbat on Friday, 10:30 am via ZOOM ON-GOING.
Temple Israel Events
THIS Tuesday, January 12
8:00 pm

The Israel Action Committee invites you to meet Dr. Nancy Maizels, chair of ICRF's International Scientific Council and Dr. Gary Grad, oncologist, biotech consultant and ICRF Trustee, who will highlight recent cutting edge scientific advances in Israel's cancer research.

Friday, January 15, 7:00 pm

The Inter-Religious Coalition Of New Rochelle invites you to a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Service

This year on Temple Israel of New Rochelle’s website, join us on the Streamed Services Webpage and/or on our Temple Facebook page

Join Rabbi Hirsch and Cantor Schloss, along with Rev. Wallace L. Noble, Pastor of St. Catherine AME Zion Church of New Rochelle, who will be delivering the sermon.
If you would like to make a goodwill offering in the spirit of Dr. King, please consider making a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative. Email ircofnewrochelle@gmail.com with questions.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, February 25, 7:00 pm

We’re coming back! Join us for the Purim Spiel & Megillah Reading.

More details will be shared, so visit the Purim event page in "Connect" as details become available.
Get Ready ... In April!
Sisterhood Common Read

The book chosen for the Sisterhood Common Read is An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer, by Julie Salamon.

Click for more details, up to date information on the event, and the author. Visit the Temple website in the "Connect" section.
The Diary of Asser Levy: First Jewish Citizen of New York, by Daniela Weil. 

Library books are available for request and can be held at the front desk for pickup.
Contact Stephanie at (914) 636-1204 or email stephkras11@gmail.com
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