March 12, 2020 • Volume 16 No. 37
Dear chevrei (friends),

The events around the world and right here in our own community are leaving people feeling anxious and unsettled. Our instinct during difficult times is to come together–to literally and metaphorically lean on each other and draw strength from our community. Our present situation makes gathering in person impossible, but does not negate the power of our community nor the ability of our traditions to bring us comfort and encouragement.

Please continue reading for ways that our community can still come together during this difficult time.

  1. Pray with Us: Temple Israel’s Shabbat services will be live-streamed from our website. Join us on Friday evening at 7:30 pm or on Saturday morning at 10:30 am. The CCAR has generously made available an on-line version of our prayerbook, Mishkan T’filah. Please use this link if you would like to follow along with our service. Our Kaddish list and the text for the Healing Prayer can be found below. For modern Jewish prayers written in response to the coronavirus outbreak, check out liturgist Alden Solovy’s website,  
  2. Learn with Us: Torah Study will take place over Zoom at 9:00 am on Shabbat morning. Follow this link to join Rabbi Nichols for a participatory discussion and study. For children in Chavaya, stay tuned for an email from Rebecca Elkus-Ferst with ways to continue your learning at home.
  3. Sing with Us: Music is a powerful way to express our emotions. Listen (and sing along) as Cantor Schloss sings his version of the healing prayer, Mi Shebeirach, and other musical prayers.
  4. Connect with Us: Updates on how our community is responding to the coronavirus outbreak can be found on our website. Our clergy and staff are here for you. Please reach out to any of them through phone or email. In an emergency, contact information for the clergy member on call can always be found on our voicemail at (914) 235-1800.
  5. Reach out with Us: Our Social Action Committee is helping to facilitate helping people who may be quarantined. Fill out this form if you are available to volunteer or if you are in need of assistance yourself.

In the coming week, may we be blessed with good health, compassion and patience. May our community continue to draw strength and courage from one another.
Rabbi Beth Nichols
Shabbat Services
Shabbat Parah | Parashat Ki Tisa
Friday, March 13
7:30 pm Shabbat Evening Service ( streaming )
Saturday, March 14
9:00 am Torah Study ( streaming )
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service/Bar Mitzvah Ross Gold ( streaming )

Shabbat HaChodesh | Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Friday, March 20
6:00 pm Kol Shabbat Evening Service ( streaming )
Saturday, March 21
9:00 am Shabbat Morning Service/Torah Study ( streaming )
March Events
The following events are postponed/cancelled:
  • Mondays, March 16 and 23: STARS (Seniors Together at Retirement)
  • Friday, March 20: Kol Shabbat dinner will be cancelled.
  • Saturday, March 21: “The Mamboniks” Movie – Power of Music and Dance
  • Sunday, March 22: GIRL•ology
  • Wednesday, March 25: Prime Time 4 Adults Movie Night "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Introduction to the Talmud"  is an Adult Education class with Rabbi Weiner which is scheduled for  EVERY Friday, 9 am  at Temple Israel of New Rochelle. No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome! March 13th and 20th, Talmud is always available through zoom. Please contact Rabbi Weiner for details.
Rabbi Search Committee Updates
Until the risk of spreading the coronavirus in the community has diminished, we will be holding off on any parlor meetings. If you signed up for a parlor meeting already, you should have received an email stating that it is postponed until further notice.
Once health conditions allow us to do so, we will reach out to reschedule meetings in order to receive everyone's input.
Thank you,
Carolyn Dudek and Ilissa Warhit 
Rabbi Search Committee Co-Chairs
Rabbi Search Committee
Warren Agatston, Brian Heaps, Jennifer Herbst, Dalia Levine, Rebecca Lippel, Marilyn Morris, Carly Rieger, and Dan Weiser
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