Weekly News Update:  November 29, 2018  
Shabbat Vayyeshev
Friday, November 30
4:08 pm:  Shabbat candle lighting 
4:25 pm:  Minhah/Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel  with Rabbi Dina Shargel and  Rabbi Matt Futterman
5:50 pm: Kabbalat  Shabbat and Ma'ariv services in the Irene Schwebel Chapel with Rabbi Ari Isenberg-Grzeda

Saturday, December 1- Birkat Hodesh Tevet                  
9:00 am:  Shabbat services in the Milstein Sanctuary
Bar Mitzvah: Jake Goldstein
Shaharit:   Rabbi Gordon Tucker
Torah Readers: Emmet Goldstein, Jake Goldstein, Alex Gitnik, Marge Moline, Rabbi Dina Shargel and Evie Wolfson
Haftarah Reader:  Jake Goldstein  
Musaf:       Dr. Michael Kay        
9:30 am:   Havurah Minyan in the gym
10:45 am:  Simhat Shabbat (for children grades K-2 and their parents) in rooms D & E  
10:45 am:  Ruah on Shabbat (for children grades 3-5) in Lower Level Conference Room
11:00 am: Tot Shabbat in Tot Shabbat room  
12:45 pm: Parashat HaShavua in rooms D & E
Min hah
4:00 pm: Minhah Bat Mitzvah service in the Milstein Sanctuary
Bat Mitzvah: Lana Weiser

4:15 pm:  Minyan in the Irene Schwebel Chapel
5:16 pm:  Havdalah
Happy H anukkah! Light first candle on Sunday evening, December 2 .

Hanukkah Happenings 5779/2018 at TIC 

TIC Community-Wide  Hanukkah Drive 
Support Toys for Tots, Kids' Kloset, WJCS and Midnight Run
View flyer for items that we are collecting.

Donations can be dropped off in the boxes in the main lobby.

This Saturday night! TIC Young Couples Group: The
Latke Ball
Saturday night, December 1 at 8:00 pm
Book your babysitter and join us for an evening of live music by SR2, light bites, and drinks. 
Register  here or pay  at the door.
Questions: Email TICyoungcouples@gmail.com  

TIC Top Teen Chef and Community-Wide H anukkah Celebration and Dinner    
Wednesday, December 5,  starting at 6:00 pm
Community-wide  H anukkah celebration including teen cook-off, 
candle-lighting, dinner and singing and learning with Rabbi Futterman.
BYOH (Bring Your Own H anukkiah!)
RSVP required here.

Nursery School PTO Hanukkah Party

Thursday, December 6
5:00-6:30 pm
RSVP here

Grades 9-12 Shabbat Hanukkah Dinner

Friday, December 7 
6:00-8:00 pm, Youth Lounge
RSVP here

The main attraction: 
Dr. Michael Kay vs Rabbi Harry Pell debating:
sham vs po, latkes vs donuts and Krispy Kreme vs Dunkin Donuts
All are welcome! December 8 after Kiddush at approximately 12:45 PM
Click on flyer to view information.

Dreidel Mania for all Ages!

Shabbat Hanukkah, 
December 8, 12:45 pm
Games and Hanukkah gelt for kids, games and social beverages for adults

Hanukkah Happenings including youth events and community-wide events

Lots happening, see flyer for details! 
Upcoming TIC Events and Programs

Tonight: TIC Parents of Children with Special Needs ages 0-17 
The next gathering of the year of TIC Parents of Children with Special Needs ages 0-17 is tonight, Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 pm. There will be an informal discussion and light snacks.  

Eat Pray Learn Shabbat Author Series
Friday, December 7
The Subway Girls by Susie Schnall
Services at 5:30 pm; dinner at 6:30 pm; book talk at 7:15 pm
!Register here

The Great Roberto Magic Show!

Come one, come all! Everyone is welcome! 
Thursday, December 27 at 10:00 am
RSVP here
Greater Community-Wide Events

Join Jewish LGBTQ & Allies in 8th-12th Grades

8th-12th graders from the Westchester area will gather for discussions and activities that celebrate our LGBTQ and Jewish identities.

December 16, January 27, March 24, May 19, and Pride Parade in June.

Next Tuesday: Israel Action Committee event: HA HA HANUKKAH!
Tuesday, December 4, Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT
Comedian and former IDF soldier Joel Chasnoff will perform at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich CT on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, courtesy of FIDF ( Friends of the Israel Defense Forces)  and the 5 Synagogues of White Plains Israel Action Committee. Light dinner at 7:00 and show at 8:00.  $36 general admission or $180 Hanukkah Sponsor.   

JBL Jewish Basketball League

Still time to join!
Teams aren't formed until mid-December, your child won't miss a beat!
View flyer for details.
Ongoing Classes at TIC
Lion at the Fox: Torah on Tap with Rabbi Ari
Monday evening, December 10 at 7:00 pm
Brazen Fox, White Plains
Join Rabbi Ari for some socializing, learning and discussion.

Dor l'Dor An Intergenerational Literary Program at the TIC Nursery School
Learning with Rabbi Ari, open to all!   Monthly coffee and conversation
11:00 am-12:00 pm, 
Dec. 10 and Jan. 14

Thursday Evenings: 
Parashat Hashavua Class
7:00-8:00 PM in the library
The class will delve into the weekly Torah portion with emphasis on major overall themes as well as some focus on specific sections of particular interest. Led by Rabbinic Intern Mitch Blank. 
Breakfast and Learn  The Intersection of Jewish Ritual and Ethics 
Next class November 30 at 7:50 am, Taught by Rabbi Dina Shargel 
Delve into a treasure trove of texts exploring the ethical underpinning of the ritual mitzvot.  Click on the flyer for dates and details. 

Weekly Saturday Parashat Hashavua Class
Learners in Grades K-5 are invited to join us in Rooms D and E to study the week's Torah portion.
Sunday Mornings: Lay-Led 
Talmud Class
8:00 am in the library
Congregants studying Talmud together. No prior background needed, all are welcome and invited.
Sunday Mornings: Intermediate/Advanced Hebrew Class
The Bible in Song
Please note: Next class is Dec. 2 with Rabbi Dina Shargel 
View flyer for dates.

Tuesdays Mornings: The Learning Institute
SESSION 1: 9:30-10:45 am The Immigrant and European Worlds of Our Fathers...and Our Mothers
SESSION 2: 10:50 am-12:00 noon The Holocaust, Not Again!  View flyer for dates and details. 
Upcoming Youth Groups & Teen Events and Services

Join Our TIC Teen Babysitter List!
Families in our community are looking to hire  teen babysitters! If your family is looking for a babysitter or if you as a  teen (in grades 9-12) would like to be added to our list of interested babysitters, contact Cantor Melissa at  m.berman@templeisraelcenter.org

Tonight! Moving Traditions for all 8th graders-join us!

November 29, 5:00-7:00 pm

This Shabbat! Halutzim Shabbat Shenanigans, Grades K-2
Saturday, December 1
12:30-2:00 in the gym

Enjoy a Shabbat afternoon filled with games, activities, laughter, and fun with friends!


Teen Trip to Israel
Information session Sunday, December 9 1:30 pm at TIC
TIC 11th & 12th Graders:
Join Rabbi Ari and Director of Teen Engagement Cantor Melissa Berman in Israel this  February 14-24, 2019
All TIC teens in 11th and 12th grades-this trip's for you!
Information and registration can be found here on the website. 

Coffee Talk with Cantor Melissa 
Cantor Melissa is available to meet with any teen for Starbucks (coffee, tea, frapuccino--you name it!).  She'd like to hear your thoughts on Teen Programming at TIC.
Email Cantor Melissa to set up a time:  m.berman@templeisraelcenter.org
See Youth and Family services schedule here .
Third Fridays: Shabbat Hamudim with TIC clergy and special guests
Join us for a relaxed, come-as-you-are Shabbat experience for families with young children.  Welcome Shabbat with songs, stories, dancing and kiddush on the Third Friday of every month.
Third Fridays: December 21.  
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Room 19, the classroom across from the library
Ongoing TIC Initiatives

Hesed Circle
Bikkur Holim * Senior Connect * Shiva Support   
Click here more information.  Questions? Email mail us at HesedCircle@templeisraelcenter.org.

The next meeting is Wednesday, January 16.  Book title to be announced. 

Mathilde's Mentionables
On behalf of the TIC Sisterhood, and part of an ongoing initiative by the Women's League (named in honor of its founder, Mathilde Schecter), we are collecting new (preferable) or very lightly used bras to help improve the lives of women in homeless shelters and in battered women's shelters. Donation box is located in the synagogue office.  Update: We have collected 40 bras so far, and they will be delivered to My Sister's Place. Thank you for helping with this  hesed project! Please continue to support this effort! 


The TIC Inclusion Committee works on exploring and improving issues related to anyone who feels excluded in any way, including people with disabilities and learning differences, the LGBTQ community, or those experiencing mental health issues. Anyone who needs our services, please contact Michelle Steinhart, TIC's Director of Inclusion, at  m.steinhart@templeisraelcenter.org .

To join the committee in its work, please contact Michelle Steinhart or Robin Friedman at  rskf18@gmail.com.


Sisterhood holds mah jongg games on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm

"We play for tzedakah/charity, one game at a time."  Players need not be Sisterhood or Temple Israel Center members. 
We play year-round, except for holidays and when the synagogue is closed.
Click here for 2018-2019 online registration. 
Shorashim News     

This Week in the Torah / Parashat Ha-Shavua
This week's parashat ha-shavua/Torah story, comes from the Book of Beresheit/Genesis, and is called Vayyeshev. Learn more about it  here.

Snow Days Protocol Reminder 
In the event of a weather-related closing:
  • On Sundays, the decision to close Shorashim will be made by 7:00 am. 
  • On weekdays, Shorashim and Havurat Torah will be cancelled if either White Plains or Scarsdale public schools are closed. If those public schools are open but decide to cancel after-school activities, we will also cancel Shorashim and Havurat Torah. 
We will relay this information to all our families by the following methods: 
  • There will be an outgoing voice message on the Education Department's School Closing Hotline, extension #158, (select extension after dialing the temple's main number). 
  • We will provide this information to Channel 12 news.
  • An email will be sent to all our Shorashim and Havurat Torah families. 
  • We will make every effort to post closings on the TIC website.  
  • There will not be a TIC community-wide Haggigat Hanukkah event on Sunday, December 2 as advertised in the Shorashim calendar that was included with the August mailing. There will be regular Shorashim learning as usual on that day.
    The community Hanukkah Happening will be on December 5.
This week in Shorashim
We will have regular Shorashim learning for the entire week of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah begins Sunday night, December 2, and ends Monday evening, December 10

Community Wide Hanukkah Event (TIC Top Teen Chef Hanukkah Edition)  
Wednesday, December 5 from 6:00-7:00pm
Your $5 donation, (family max of $20), includes a slice of pizza, soda and a sufganiyah (jelly doughnut), followed by singing and communal candle lighting (bring your own hanukkiah to light with your family).

**If your child is a Wednesday learner, and your family would like to attend the Hanukkah event at 6pm, we can keep your child until you arrive.**
Community-wide Hanukkah celebration including teen cook-off,
candle-lighting, dinner and singing and learning with Rabbi Futterman.

Beginning around 7:00 pm, all who wish to stay are welcome to watch our TIC Teens as they face off against each other for TIC Top Teen Chef!
RSVP here to register for dinner or to sign up a teen for the chef's competition. See flyer below for more information.   

TIC Hanukkah Drive!
November 26 through January 21
Collection bins in the TIC lobby
Click  flyer to see list of items needed.

Be'Atid...Coming Soon
6th Grade Families B'nai Mitzvah Brunch
Sunday, December 16
Every child should be accompanied by at least one parent.  This brunch is in lieu of 6th grade Shorashim learning.
Please register here Any questions, please contact  Avi Marcovitz.

December 23rd-January 1st
Winter break! Shorashim and Havurat Torah closed.
Classes resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Ongoing Opportunities throughout the year...
Shabbat at TIC
Did you know, that every single week we have a myriad of service options and opportunities at TIC on Shabbat/Saturday mornings? We invite your family to come, participate and learn! Click here to read what we have to offer you.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. Contact Lisa Schwartz at 914-948-2800, x122, or email  l.schwartz@templeisraelcenter.org  
Jean Klipstein, office administrator, at 914-948-2800 x 123, or email 
Havurat Torah News

See  details above for  Community Wide  Hanukkah Event (TIC Top Teen Chef H anukkah Edition). Click here for flyer.
Whimsical Wednesdays at TIC!  
Tell Your Friends: We will be having FREE Drop-in play time Wednesday,
December 5, 9:00-10:00 am. Come play and make new friends! 
Click flyer for details. 
Bim Bam
Bim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under. Join Nursery School teacher, Jonina Steiner, along with special visits from TIC clergy for Hebrew and Shabbat-related  songs, stories, friends and so much fun!  We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. Click flyer for details. 

Babies & Bagels
"Pediatric Dentist" Getting children comfortable at the dentist at an early age and
establishing good oral habits ensure a lifetime of problem-free teeth.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:15-10:30 am 
If you are interested in learning more about the TIC Nursery School, please contact the Nursery School Director,  Patty Goldstick  or call  914-948-2800, x126

Turning 2 Program
starting February 2019!
Did your child just miss the cut off date to join our 2s program? Or did you think your child was not quite ready for a separated program in September? Then we have a program for you! Join our Turning Two Class starting February, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15-11:00 am. Click on the flyer more information.
Have you joined the  TIC Facebook page yet?   

Send feedback about the FB page to our administrator,  Robin Arzt

TIC's hashtag, #TICtogether, is another great way to connect on social media. Remember to use it when you share information about all of TIC's great happenings!
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Support fellow congregants who want to pray in a community as well as those who are saying Kaddish.  It is an act of great kindness. We gather in the lrene Schwebel Chapel at 7:10 am Monday-Friday, at 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday, and at 9:00 am and 8:00 pm on Sunday.   Check our calendar for minyanim times on Shabbat.    

To join the minyan corps, contact
- Support TIC mourners during shiva week by being part of shiva minyanim. To participate in this act of hesed, email Caren Zelicof. 

- Celebrating a simhah or remembering a loved one? You can share the commemoration by sponsoring a Shabbat kiddush. Email  Kelly Kressler or call her at 914-948-2800 x111.

- Dedicating one or more copies of Siddur Lev Shalem and/or Etz Hayim Humash is another great way to commemorate a yahrtzeit or to celebrate a simhah. Click here to get started. 

- Birthday parties are great fun at TIC! For gym or room rental details, email   Kelly Kressler.

- Share your good news with the TIC community. Email Susan Galla with details about your
s'mahot, or call her at 914-948-2800 x112.