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					                          Temple Israel of The CITy of Ny > DeC 08




       Share the Light!




         Celebrate
p 11-14 Chanukah

     Terriffic
p17 Torah Invite

     Craig Taubman
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photo: Ben Asen
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                                                                                                                                                                               a little light creates blessings
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                                       Jean & William Aaron                                   Ellen & Herbert Klapper
                                                                                              Sybil & Jeffrey L. Kleinberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              our God, Ruler of
                                       Carrie & Leigh Abramson
                                       Susan & Laurence Ach                                   Ellen & Andrew Kramer                                                                                                                                           the Universe, who
                                       Frances Beatty & Allen Adler                           Rita & Herbert Krauss                                                            by rabbI DavID J. GelfaND                                                      hallows us with
                                       Harriett Blum Axler                                    Bess R. Kresch                                                                                                                                                  mitzvot and commands
                                       Ruth Bachrach                                          Jane & Dr. Richard Kresch                                                                                                                                       us to engage in the
                                       Bernice & Irving Baras                                 Linda & Alan Landis                                  At this darkest time of the year, especially in these tumultuous times, we could use some extra
 Introduction to                       Lynn & Avi Barbasch                                    Amy & David Lazar                                    light to warm us and comfort us and keep at bay the darkness and fear that can beset us in try-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               study of Torah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Torah @ TI
                                       Madeline & Stephen Barkin                              Janet & Gerald Lazar
                                                                                                                                                   ing times. Chanukah, The Feast of Lights and Freedom, begins on the 25th of Kislev - Decem-
     Judaism
                                       Jean & Ralph Baruch                                    Richard M. Leder
                                       Beth Lee & Adam Beckerman                              Roberta Wilkins & Lewis Lehr                         ber 21st, the darkest day of the year - and lasts eight days.
                                       Sharon Berg                                            Terry & Marvin S. Lerman
                                       Judith & Charles Bergoffen                             Francine & Ralph Levine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Torah STudy
Wednesdays                             Sandra & George Berlstein
                                       Sylvia & Joseph Binder
                                                                                              Elinor & Burton A. Levy
                                                                                              Helene & Herbert Lewis                               Chanukah celebrates the victory of a small band of Jews, led by the Hasmonean family, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TORAH STUDY is the
from 7:30 - 9:00pm                     Sigalit & Shmuel Z. Biopcik                            Marita & Seymour Lichtenstein                        resisted the imposition of pagan Greek worship imposed by King Antiochus of Syria ruler of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                motor that drives
                                       Nedra Bloch                                            Michele & Michael Littenberg                         Palestine at the time. The Jews, under their war leader, Judah the Maccabee, defeated the
                                       Judie & Ronald Bobman                                  Nancy & Alan Locker                                                                                                                                               Jewish life. Join us
                                                                                                                                                   Hellenized Syrians, ensuring the existence of our nation for another two centuries. Chanukah                 any Saturday prior to
Begins January 7th!                    Roberta & Stanley Bogen
                                       Hanneke & Ed Bonnewit
                                                                                              Yvette & Joel Mallah
                                                                                              Carole & Harvey Mallement                            means “dedication”, and refers to the rededication of the Temple in Modi’in, a town in Israel, in            Shabbat worship or
                                       Oskar Brecher                                          Lori & Greg Margolis                                 165 BCE.
                                       Roberta Brooks                                         Stacey & Howard Markman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                come regularly to see
Explore Judaism? Restart               Leonard D. Carr                                        Sara & John Marks                                                                                                                                                 how the old can be
your Jewish education? For             Ronnie Shapiro & Norman Chanes                         Jacqueline & Michael Mayo                                                                                                                                          made new, and the new
                                       Michele & Martin Cohen                                 Jodi & Kenneth Meyerson                              We Jews celebrate Chanukah because some our ancestors, stiff-necked as always, would not                      can be made holy! “Turn
Jews & non-Jews to learn               Myron and Nancy Cohn                                   Cheryl & Michael Minikes                             assimilate and disappear, as the ten tribes disappeared. Chanukah celebrates our stubborn                     the Torah, turn it again
                                                                                              Heidi & Ken Moltner
the basics.                            Barbra & Wayne Comer
                                       Beatrice Cremieux Azema                                Francine & Robert Neu
                                                                                                                                                   endurance as a people. The lesson should not be lost on us. If we do not continue to learn and                and again, for everything
                                       Rachel & Mark David Dalton                             Alissa & Bruce Nierenberg                            to live serious, creative Jewish lives, then assimilation and acculturation will yet overtake us in           you want to know is
                                       Peggy & Millard Drexler                                Michelle Toll & Bill O’Flanagan                      our own day. That is why I am so proud of all those who have taken part in our Torah Writing                  found within.” (Pirke Avot
An overview of Jewish                  Mitchell Drobner                                       Gladys George & Stuart Orsher                        Project, which now concludes, “Yad B’Yad: A Torah of our Own”.                                                 2:25) Torah is the
rituals & spirituality,                Joan & Jay Eichel                                      Fritzi & Herbert H. Owens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  experience of Abraham,
                                       Robert and Sylvia Elman                                Nancy & Stephen W. Palley
history & thought.                     Lorinda & Peter Ezersky                                Heather & James Perlmutter                                                                                                                                          the legislation of Moses,
                                       Jacqueline & Kenneth Falk                              Edward Pincus                                        We are free, thank God, to be who we are. But if we do not remain zealous of our freedom and                   the vision of the Prophets,
                                       Susan and Steven Feldman                               Patricia & Martin Pincus                             continue to defend such bedrock democratic principles as the separation of religion and state,                 the commentary of the
Don’t miss this opportunity            Gary and Michele Felsher                               Carol & Stewart Rahr
                                                                                                                                                   we will yet be overwhelmed by the dark, exclusivistic forces around us. Moreover, the spirit of                 rabbis, the insight of
to enage in Judaism in a               Jill Danis & Leonard Fichtelberg
                                       Bill Fischer
                                                                                              Elizabeth & Mitchell Rodbell
                                                                                              Paula & Dr. Leon Root                                Chanukah, which reaffirms our own identity, calls on us to labor for the freedom all peoples.                   the mystics. It is the
warm, stimulating                      Janet Alan S. Fishbone                                 Joanna & Daniel Rose                                                                                                                                                 questions we ask and
& accessible forum.                    Leah & Stanley Foodim
                                       Frances Frawley
                                                                                              Lief D. Rosenblatt
                                                                                              Allison & David Ross
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the answers we receive.
                                       Rosalind & Jeffrey Freidus                             Carole & Jules Ross                                  But Chanukah is more than the commemoration of an ancient victory. It is also the Jewish                         Torah is our Jewish travel
                                       Ann & Benard Fried                                     Carolyn & Ernie Roth                                 response to the gloom of winter, which now descends upon us. For eight days, like the miracu-                    guide throughout the year!
Taught by Rabbi Alan Londy             Linda & Harold Friedman                                Daryl & Steven Roth                                  lous oil lamp in the Temple, we light one candle and yet another. It is our way of expressing our                No Hebrew or previous
with Rabbi Gelfand & Can-              Amy Jo & William Frischling                            Ernest Rubenstein
                                                                                                                                                   profound belief that God will not permit utter darkness to prevail.                                              knowledge required. Cof-
                                       Rabbi David and Kathy Gelfand                          David Scher
tor Nesis of Temple Israel             Rosalind & Eugene Glaser                               Heather & Jonathan Schindler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fee & bagels waiting for
of the City of New York                Elizabeth & Adam Gold                                  Eleanore & Eugene Schloss                                                                                                                                               you!
                                       Jackie & Alan Goldberg                                 Sandi & Harvey Schneider                             As the inheritors of a rich legacy sworn to create light, let us confront the darkness of uncer-
                                                                                              Jo-Anne & Martin H. Schneider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturdays, 9:15-10:15am
                                       Pamela and Murray Goldfarb
                                                                                                                                                   tainty and fear, violence and terrorism, prejudice and intolerance, hunger and inhumanity. Let                     from September-June
Books/Supplies/Shabbat                 Carol & Myron Goldman                                  Nell & Daniel M. Semel
                                                                                              Barbara Seril                                        us give strength to one another, like the Maccabees, to light flames of compassion, justice,
                                       Marjorie & Jay P. Goldsmith
Dinner:                                Bruce L. Goodman                                       Joan & Barry Shalov                                  freedom and peace. Let us rededicate ourselves to “Be Torah” by being lamplighters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         High Holy Day Transcripts
$100 TI member/$120 non-               Andrea & Larry Goodman
                                       Rachel & Peter Graham
                                                                                              Mara Steinberg & Mark Shapiro
                                                                                              Ruth Shapiro
                                                                                                                                                   against the darkness in these uncertain times.
member                                 Florence G. Greenberg                                  Terry & Gerald Shargel                                                                                                                                     If you would like a transcript of any of our
                                       Cindy & Michael Grey                                   Christine & Bryan Siegel                                                                                                                                   High Holy Days speeches, call 212.249.5000
$130 TI couple/$150 non-               Eileen & Howard Grunther                               Helen Siegel & Ruth Siegel                           As our world grows colder and darker during these winter months, we must do what                      or email: rabbistudy@templeisraelnyc.org
member couple                          Myra Hatterer                                          Joyce & Kenneth Siegel                               Jews, Christians, and observers of Kwanza have been taught to do at this season.                      Rabbi Gelfand
                                       Janice & Jeffrey Heidings                              Adrianne & William Silver
                                       Melanie & Adam Herz                                    Jayne & Stephen Sinsheimer                           Let us light a candle in someone’s life and see how it diminishes the darkness. As                    Erev RH: Writing Our Stories in the Unfinished Torah
                                       Katrine Muench & Philip Herzog                         Bernard Skinner, Jr.                                 in ancient days, a tiny flame can surely create a great light and shared blessings of                 RH am: A Covenant of Faith: Making Jewish Choices
                                       Patricia Lenkov & Robert Hetu                          Ellen & Martin J. Smith                              warmth and hope.
                                       Jane & Kenneth Hirsch                                  Siema & Arnold Sollar                                                                                                                                      Kol Nidre: Our Jewish Election Responsibility
                                       Ruth Hirsch                                            Kathryn & Dr. Steven Spandorfer                                                                                                                            YK am: The Jonah Complex: Chasing Our Potential
                                       Maida & Harry Hirschkorn                               Sarah & Jeffrey Stafford                                                                                                                                   YK Yizkor: The Unfinished Symphony...The Infinite
                                       Harriet & Ashley Hoffman                               Suzanne & Ralph M. Steinberg                         From our home & family to yours, Kathy & I wish a Happy Chanukah to you & all
                                       Jennifer & Steven Isko                                 Harriette & Burton Strauss Jr.                                                                                                                             Collection
                                                                                                                                                   your loved ones!
                                       Margery & Everett Jassy                                Helen & Irwin Tobman                                                                                                                                       Rabbi Londy
                                       Bonnie & Andrew Jonas                                  Carol Tuschman
                                       Erica & Robert Juneja                                  Ruth & Irvin Vine                                                                                                                                          RH am: Mysticism & Mirrors
     Register: 212.249.5000            Susan Kahn                                             Regine & George Wald                                 Rabbi David J. Gelfand                                                                                YK am: Our Yom Kippur Secret
                or                     Bari Chase & Daniel Kalin                              Diana & Jack H. Weiner                                                                                                                                     Rabbi Sapadin
rabbistudy@ templeisraelnyc.org        Judith & Stanley Katz                                  Irwin & Helen Winter
                                       Michael and Susan Katzke                               Lauren Charles-Wolf                                                                                                                                        Kol Nidre: Storms in Our Midst: Finding Meaning &
                                       Stacey Graff Kaufman                                   Debra & Ramy Yakobi-Shvili                                                                                                                                 Seeking Truth in Uncertain Times
                                       Carole & Mark S. Kaufmann                              Bruce K. & Phyllis Young
                                       Andrea Chase & Kenneth Kirschner                       Diana Zwirn


                                  2    Temple Israel ChrONICle > DeCember 08 > kIslev/ TeveT 5769
                          president’s                                   year. These funds will allow us to continue to offer many engaging
                                                                        opportunities for spiritually, uplifting worship experiences, nurtur-
                                                                        ing and engaging Jewish education, popular cultural experiences         bnei mitzvah
                          message
                                                                        and interactive social action projects of Temple Israel.
                                                                                                                                                                         Samantha
                                                                                                                                                                         December 6/ Vayetze
                                                                        I want to thank Carrie and Leigh Abramson for their unwavering                                   Samantha is currently in 7th grade at
                          by beTh lee                                   leadership in this endeavor and the many committee chairs, the                                   The Chapin School. For Samantha’s
                                                                        scores of volunteers and donors who have made “Y’ad b Y’ad” a                                    mitzvah project, she volunteered at
                                                                        true success.                                                                                    the 92nd Street Y and helped orga-
“Y’ad b Y’ad a Torah of Our Own” our incredible congregational                                                                                                           nize activities for young children in the
year-long Torah Writing Project concludes this month with our                                                                                                            after-school program. In her free time,
closing ceremony on December 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm. I hope you                                                                                                             Samantha enjoys spending time with her
                                                                        Chanukah approaches in but a few weeks which remind us of




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will make time for this historic moment in the life our congrega-                                                                                                        friends and family.
                                                                        the rededication of the Temple in the days of the Maccabees. As
tion. This project has fulfilled our hopes and then some. Our
                                                                        we celebrate the conclusion of writing our own Torah we can all
main goal of this project was to enhance our sense of community,
                                                                        rededicate ourselves in the continual effort to “Be Torah!”
which it certainly has accomplished by engaging hundreds of our
members to write a letter in our new Torah and also by offering                                                                                                          Jesse
an incredibly rich array of programs, concerts, films and enriching                                                                                                      December 13/ Vayishlach
opportunities to learn and be inspired for our members that have
been sponsored by our unique Torah Project over the past year.
                                                                                                                                                                         Jesse Calo is currently an eighth grader
                                                                                                                                                                         at Eastside Middle School. He loves           mitzvot in the torah

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                                                                                                                                                                         baseball and is excited to do his mitzvah
                                                                                                                                                                         project helping children play the sport
We also had high hopes to make Torah the centerpiece of our                                                                                                              that has given so much to him. He also
lives at Temple Israel. While it has been so during our worship                                                                                                          has the historical opportunity to attend
services, we have been able to have many events that empha-                                                                                                              the upcoming Presidential inauguration
size how Torah, creative and meaningful Jewish learning and                                                                                                              and has been following this incredible
living can be a part of our daily lives—how we can “Be Torah.”                                                                                                           election with much interest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TI families have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       written a letter
                                                                                                                                                new members
Thirdly, the Torah project provided congregants the opportunity
to financially support the writing of our new Torah along with
many thoughtful and inspiring programs throughout the past                                                                                                                                                             in our new torah

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                                                                                                                                                we welcome you to the Temple Israel community
social action spotlight on Michele Cohen                                                                                                        Michele & Robert Acker
                                                                                                                                                Dawn & Seth Ader
                                                                                                                                                                                 James McKillop & Raina Neidich
                                                                                                                                                                                 Julie & Lance Meyerowich
by kaThy spaNDOrfer                                                                                                                             Nisa & Bradley Amoils            Jodi & Kenneth Meyerson
                           Kathy Spandorfer: You are the first member of the SAC to be featured in the Chronicle,
                           because of the wonderful work you do.
                                                                                                                                                Keri Bernstein
                                                                                                                                                Roberta Bernstein
                                                                                                                                                Patrice & Andrew Boyland
                                                                                                                                                                                 Samantha & Jason Newman
                                                                                                                                                                                 Patricia & Martin Pincus
                                                                                                                                                                                 Candace & Jeffrey Rabinowitz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       writing day left
                                                                                                                                                Rose Arem & Ted Breidbart        Cheryl & Adam Raff                    limited times available 12 - 2:30pm
                           K.S.: Why do you like teaching and being a part of the Knitzvah Circle ?                                             Roberta & Stanley Bogen          Michael & Leslie Rikon
                              Michele Cohen: For me, teaching knitting is enabling me to share one of my passions with others who are
                              equally excited to learn. I love the creative exchanges that take place between those of us who have become
                                                                                                                                                Susan & Peter Cannold
                                                                                                                                                Jill & Irwin Cohen
                                                                                                                                                                                 Anne Rosberger
                                                                                                                                                                                 Sonam & Dan Rosberger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sun dec 14
                              good friends. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of talented and lovely women. We are from       Nathalie & Charles de Gunzburg   Carolyn & Ernie Roth                  We hope the entire congregation will
                              different age groups and life styles and yet we all get along and enjoy being together. I am particularly proud   Beth & Chester Demel             Marjorie & Herbert Saraga             take advantage of this wonderful
                              of those women who have recently learned to knit with such enthusiasm. It is exciting and certainly reward-       Amy Dichter                      Paul and Joyce Scharfer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       opportunity. To sign up call Eugenia James
                              ing to see the pleasure and pride they have in what they have accomplished. It is also fun to see how eager       Marilyn & Michael Ettenberg      Diana & Michael Schiro
                                                                                                                                                Amy Witkoff-Gelman & Gary        Alison & Ken Schlesinger                     646-292-9490 or
                              they are about learning new techniques. It is also fun for me to keep searching for new patterns and ideas that
      Michele Cohen           will keep everyone interested. All of us together we have created beautiful scarves and squares that have then    Gelman                           Sybille & Gregorio Schneider                   torahproject@templeisraelnyc.org
been pieced together to make the blankets. There is a lot of dedication and heart in all the pieces we have made. I so enjoy making hand        Julia & David Gutstadt           Lauren & Adam Schwartz
                                                                                                                                                Bonnie & Howard Hornstein        Terry & Gerald Shargel                       If you would like to buy prints of you signing
crafted gifts, and it feels great to make items for others, even if I don’t know the recipients.                                                                                                                              the Torah for a nominal fee, please visit
                                                                                                                                                Colleen & David Horowitz         Bill & Colette Siegel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.benasenphotography.shutterfly.com
                                                                                                                                                Rachel Iannuzzi                  Allison & Evan Silverman
K.S.: Why is community service important to you?                                                                                                Margery & Everett Jassy          Marjorie & Herbert Siraga
M.C.: I was raised by parents who believed very strongly in community service. They were leaders in our upstate community. There was            Amy & Jeffrey Kanter             Amy & Stuart Slotnick
always some project that my parents were involved with going on at my house. It is part of the education that was passed down to me             Rachel & Kenneth Kantor          Annie & Adam Sloyer
and my sisters to participate and give back. In this case, it is teaching by doing and I am hoping that my children are learning from this      Karen & Peter Kaplin             Lee & Adam Spies
example.                                                                                                                                        Ellen & Herbert Klapper          Felice & Samuel Sussman
                                                                                                                                                Lisa & Reid Lachman              Michelle Lieber & David Sutton
K.S.: How long have you been a member of TI and why is Temple Israel special to you?                                                            Andrew & Carrie Best-Lary        Hillary Sweig
M.C.: Temple Israel is the center of my family’s religious community. My husband and I have been members of TI for over 25 years. Our           Mr. Jeffrey Lazar & Shara Moss   Rhonda & Jeffrey Weiner
daughters were named there by Rabbi Zion, all four of our children were educated and each became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah there, my hus-            Phyllis & Bernard Leventhal      Randi & David Wender
band was the President and is now the Chair of the Board. I am also involved with the Torah Project and I look forward to seeing our new        Aimee & Ross Levin               Betty & Michael Wiggins
scroll. We are thrilled by the direction and the energy of the Temple.                                                                          Yasemin & Douglas Levine         Michelle & Matthew Wolfson
                                                                                                                                                Rhonda L. Levy                   Rebecca Ynocencio
                                                                                                                                                Alyssa and David Mack            Tali & Steven Zeiger   as of Nov,18
                                               4   Temple Israel ChrONICle > DeCember 08 > kIslev/ TeveT 5769                                   Stacey & Howard Markman
      Youth Groups
                   religious school
    PIOs & Little Mannys                                                                                                                           eclc corner
            Step Out!                          No One Way to be Jewish
                                               by rabbI alaN D. lONDy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          learns what to say and what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           not to say; he learns how to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          think for himself. The list is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        endless. Our most important
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      goal in education is to teach a
by sarI bOurNe
                                               As Liberal Judaism has evolved over the last half century, there has been a shift towards                                                                                                                          child to be successful and indepen-
The Junior ManhaTI Pioneers (or “PIos”)        more engagement with Jewish traditional practices. An example can be found in the CCAR                                                                                                            dent in terms of his/her own abilities.
                                                                                                                                                                     by NaNCy-elleN mICCO, DIreCTOr, eClC
the 7th/8th Grade Youth Group had dinner       1999 Pittsburg Platform. A clear emphasis on tradition is evident. In my opinion, the most
                                                                                                                                                           On November 14th the entire ECLC and Playgroup faculty                             Play enables a child to safely act out and imitate vari-
at Max Brenners on Sunday, November 9th        important statement in this platform comes in the section dealing with the various meanings
                                                                                                                                                   attended a workshop on “play” at the 92nd Street Y. Vivian Paley was                   ous behaviors and thus learn through discovery what is
where they got to know each other better,      of Torah in contemporary Judaism. The platforms states:
                                                                                                                                                   the featured speaker. As most of the High Holidays fell on weekdays         acceptable or unacceptable.
played fun games, and continued plan-
ning for our Yom Haatmaut Party and Float.     “We are committed to the ongoing study of the whole array of (mitzvot) and to the fulfillment       this year I was somewhat hesitant to close school for yet another day,      I always speak about the importance of play on our ECLC tours for
We ate a lot of chocolate pizza, all while     of those that address us as individuals and as a community. Some of these (mitzvot), sacred         but both the Rabbi and I realize and support the power of professional      perspective parents. Play is one of the cornerstones of the ECLC
supporting an Israeli chef! Ideas in the mix   obligations, have long been observed by Reform Jews; others, both ancient and modern,               development for our teachers.                                               program. The teachers, Lindsay and I want to thank the ECLC Parents
for our party include a DJ, band, tshirts to   demand renewed attention as the result of the unique context of our own times.”                                                                                                 Association for funding our participation in this conference.
                                                                                                                                                   Play is a most important and effective part of socialization as well as a
fundraise, and lots of food. Hope to see       This powerful declaration has great significance for our congregation. Our synagogue is             valid mode of learning for young children. Social learning and growth       We now have an amazon affiliate link on our website that raises
more 7th and 8th graders at our next event     blessed with diversity and tolerance. Among our over 550 families, we have Jews of many             are a direct outcome of play. A child’s cognitive development is not        money for the ECLC. http://www.templeisraelnyc.org/members
in December! If you have any quesitons         different types and commitments. What is remarkable about this diversity is the fact that it in     an isolated attribute. Equally important are a child’s social, emotional,
about Junior ManhaTI Pios, please contact      no way diminishes our sense of common purpose. We never allow are individual differences            physical and creative needs. Play aids in the successful integration
Sari Bourne, the Pios Youth Group leader, at   to distract us from building a robust and meaningful Jewish life.                                   of all these attributes. When aware of each child’s developing needs
sbourne@templeisraelnyc.org                                                                                                                        the teaching team is able to guide each child through activities that
                                               This statement affirms our belief that ritual mitzvot (religious obligations) must be part of our
The 5th and 6th Grade Youth Group, “The        struggle as to what it means to be a modern Jew. No Jew—Reform; Conservative, Ortho-                are appropriate for his/her level of development, enabling the child to
Little Mannys” ate dinner together at          dox, or Hasidic—is able to fulfill all the mitzvot. Each of us has to make decisions, based on      meet with success. This is most essential in the acquiring of a positive
Mars 2112 this month. The Little Mannys        our own understandings, as to how we live a meaningful Jewish life. But, clearly, in modern         self-image so necessary to
took a trip to Mars on the Mars 2112 space     Liberal Judaism, struggling with issue of traditional observance—Shabbat, Dietary Laws,             learning achievement.
ship and got to know each other through        Festivals, and Torah Study---are essential in this struggle for Jewish authenticity.                Adults viewing two or more
ice breakers. The Little Mannys are very                                                                                                           children interacting might
excited about their first event of the year    But, we need to be careful. This new emphasis on traditional observance in no way indi-
                                               cates that we are less committed to prophetic Judaism and the importance of tikkun olam—            comment “Oh, they’re just
and can’t wait for more. If you have any                                                                                                           playing”. However, play for
questions about The Little Mannys, please      repairing the world. Our Jewish commitment to this dimension of Judaism is reflected in our
                                               vibrant Social Action Committee, our upcoming Mitzvah Day, the Penny Harvest of the ECLC,           a child is hard work. A play
contact Sari Bourne, the Little Mannys                                                                                                             situation often develops
Youth Group Leader, at sbourne@templeis-       and our Religious School’s commitment to the Book for Israel program.
                                                                                                                                                   spontaneously, but a child
raelnyc.org                                    As we expand our Youth Program, we are committed to making sure that our students and               has to work at that playing.
                                               families remain active in all kinds of tikkun olam activities. In my opinion, tikkun olam should    He learns how to express
                                               arise out of serious Jewish observance. And involvement in acts of tzedakah and gemilut             himself so that his views and
                                               chasadim ( deeds of loving kindness ) should bring an awareness of holiness that needs              positions are understood;
                                               expression in acts of worship, ritual, and observance.                                              he learns self-control as he
                                               One of the highlights of commitment of tikkun olam is the fact that our High School students
                                               will be attending the weekend of January 23-26. The Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken
                                               Social Justice Seminar is an intensive four-day study kallah in Washington, DC, focusing
                                               on Jewish values and social justice. Every year more than 100 congregations from across
                                               the country bring their high school students to participate in this exciting event. This unique
                                               Washington opportunity enables students to hear from experts both inside and outside the
                                               Jewish community. Every L’Taken Seminar covers several different issue areas in a variety
                                               of interactive formats. Each seminar includes an opportunity for students to tour the U.S.
                                               Holocaust Memorial Museum and participate in Havdalah services at one of the memorials.
                                               Students also sample the vibrancy of Georgetown and other exciting areas of Washington,
                                               DC. The beauty of this program is that it unites our commitment to tikkun olam with our
                                               celebration of Shabbat—our day to envision the ideal world that we long for.
                                               My dream for all our members of our congregation is that we will continue to grow as Jews
                                                                                                                                                   ManhaTI kicks Rocks Regional NFTY-NAR Fall Kallah
                                               during our entire lives. The best way to do this is through a variety of diverse Jewish acts of     by larry brOOks
                                               affirmation. There is no one way to be Jewish. But, I pray that each of us takes advantage of       ManhaTI! HURGHGHGH!!! So, now that I have your attention, big, big, BIG props to Aaron
                                               the diverse offerings of our synagogue to deal with all dimension of Jewish living today.           and Skylar for representing us at NFTY-NAR Fall Kallah. Over 150 NFTY-NAR-ites (ManhaTIs
                                                                                                                                                   are NFTY-ites, too; more on that later) spent the weekend at beautiful Camp Eisner up in the
                                                                                                                                                   Berkshires. So, I know what you’re thinking…what’s NFTY-NAR? And what’s a NFTY-ite. Well,
                                                                                                                                                   a NFTY-ite is a member of NFTY. And NFTY-NAR is the New York Regional version of our very
                                                                                                                                                   own ManhaTI. Three times a year, fall/winter/spring, NFTY-NAR holds events at a summer
                                                                                                                                                   camp near you. NFTY-Winter will be January 9-11 and NFTY-Spring will April 17-19. NFTY
                                                                                                                                                   North America will also hold a huge, amazing event on February 13-17. Hold these dates on
                                                                                                                                                   your calendar, because ManhaTI will be bringing a big group to each event. Stay tuned for
                                                                                                                                                   more info!



                                                                                                                                                                 Temple Israel ChrONICle > DeCember 08 > kIslev/ TeveT 5769                        7
DECEMBER
01 Monday
New Toy/Tzedakah Drive 1-18
Books For Israel Drive
9:30am Social Action - Knitzvah Circle
9:30am Women’s Leadership Council Meeting                         6pm Shabbat Live w/Craig Taubman.                               6:30 pm Homebound Cooking
6:30pm Membership Committee Meeting – All welcome                 7:30pm New Member Cocktails and Dinner
                                                                                                                                  08 Thursday
03 Wednesday                                                      20 Saturday                                                     JNF Tree Drive Begins
6pm WNET13 Thirteen/WNET Author Series                            9:15am Torah Study
                                                                  10:30am Shabbat Service                                         09 Friday
6:30pm Social Action - Homebound Cooking
                                                                                                                                  9:30am - Social Action Commitee meeting: Green Projects
04 Thursday                                                       21 Sunday                                                       6:00pm Shabbat Service followed by Oneg Shabbat
9:15am or 6pm (your choice) Learner’s Circle.                     Chanukah Light 1st candle
                                                                  Social Action - Dorot Senior Visitation Program. Contact        10 Saturday
05 Friday                                                         Debbie Barkoff for more information about how you can           9:15 am Torah Study 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
5:15pm Kidz Shabbat.                                              make a difference in the life of the elderly during this        Sophie Beckerman-Lee Bat Mitzvah
6pm Shabbat Service & Oneg Shabbat                                holiday season. (Thru 12/28)                                    11:00 am Tot Shabbat

06 Saturday                                                       22 Monday                                                       12 Monday
9:15am Torah Study                                                Chanukah Day 1                                                  6pm Board of Trustees Meeting
10:30am Shabbat Services –
                                                                  23 Tuesday                                                      13 Wednesday
Samantha Tepper Bat Mitzvah
                                                                                                                                  9:15am or 7:30pm Womens Leadership Council Book
11am - 12pm Youth Service (Grades 1 - 6)                          Chanukah Day 2
                                                                                                                                  Club, 1st book, Shopping for Love by Rachel Levy
08 Monday                                                         24 Wednesday                                                    Lessor
9:30am Social Action - Knitzvah Circle                            Chanukah Day 3                                                  14 Wednesday
09 Tuesday                                                        25 Thursday                                                     9:15 am or 7:30 pm Introduction to Judaism
6pm Board of Trustees Meeting                                     Chanukah Day 4                                                  6:30 pm Social Action - Homebound Cooking
7pm Volunteer Recognition & Annual Meeting                                                                                        6:30pm - Social Action Commitee meeting:
                                                                  26 Friday                                                       Helping Holocaust Survivor Projects
10 Wednesday                                                      Chanukah Day 5
6pm Mitzvah Day Commitee Meeting                                  6pm Shabbat Service & Oneg Shabbat
                                                                                                                                  15 Thursday
6:30pm Social Action - Homebound Cooking Teens and                                                                                9:15 am or 6:00 pm Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class
Tweens Night, RSVP to Robby kidssoupkitchen@aol.com                                                                               10:30pm Mat Pilates
7:30pm - Knitzvah Circle-Wine and knitting
                                                                  27 Saturday                                                     16 Friday
11 Thursday                                                       Chanukah Day 6                                                  5:45 pm Wine & Cheese
9:15am or 6pm (your choice) Learner’s Circle.                     9:15am Torah Study Library                                      6:00 pm Shabbat Live Night
9:15am or 12 noon or 7:30pm December Dilemma.                     10:30am Shabbat Service                                         Childcare available - Prek-Grade 2
9:15am Mitzvah Day Committee Meeting
                                                                  28 Sunday                                                       17 Saturday
12 Friday                                                         Chanukah Day 7                                                  Donate to JNF Drive
6pm Shabbat Service & Oneg Shabbat                                Social Action- visit a Dorot Senior for an hour to light Cha-   9:15 am Torah Study
                                                                  nukah Candles, your choice of dates 21-28                       10:30 am Shabbat Service
13 Saturday                                                                                                                       Jake Berkowitz Bar MItzvah
9:15am Torah Study                                                29 Monday
10:30am Shabbat Service - Jesse Calo Bar Mitzvah                                                                                  19 Monday
11am - 12 noon Tot Shabbat.                                       Chanukah Day 8                                                  Martin Luther King Day
                                                                                                                                  ECLC & Religious School - Not In Session
14 Sunday
4pm Torah Project Closing Ceremony                                JANUARY                                                         21 Wednesday
w/Consecration.                                                                                                                   9:15 am or 7:30 pm Introduction to Judaism



15 Monday                                                         01 Thursday                                                     6:30 pm Social Action - Homebound Cooking
9:30am Social Action - Knitzvah Circle                            New Years Day                                                   22 Thursday
17 Wednesday                                                      02 Friday                                                       9:15 am or 6:00 pm Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class
6pm Social Action Committee Meeting. All welcome                  6pm Shabbat Service followed by Oneg Shabbat                    10:30pm Mat Pilates
6:30pm Social Action - Homebound Cooking – Kids Night                                                                             6:30pm - Knitzvah Circle hosts the JBFCS Annual
                                                                  03 Saturday                                                     Sanctuary Blanket Ceremony
18 Thursday                                                       9:15am Torah Study
9:15am or 6pm (your choice) Learner’s Circle. 4pm - Knitz-        10:30am Shabbat Services                                        23 Friday
vah Circle meets at Ronald McDonald House to deliver                                                                              L’taken Seminar at the Religious Action Center begins
scarfs                                                            05 Monday                                                       5:15 pm Kidz Shabbat
5:30pm Manha TI Youth Group                                       ECLC & Religious School Resume                                  6:00 pm Shabbat Service followed by Oneg Shabbat
                                                                  9:30 am Women’s Leadership Council
19 Friday                                                                                                                         24 Saturday
ECLC - Closes at 12 noon.                                         07 Wednesday                                                    9:15 am Torah Study
ECLC & RS - Winter Break Begins                                   9:15 am OR 7:30 pm Introduction to Judaism. Register at
                                                                                                                                  10:30 am Shabbat Service -Jamie Bigman Bat Mitzvah
5:45pm Childcare - Prek-Grade 2                                   rabbistudy@templeisraelnyc.org.
                                                                                                                                  11:00 am - 12:00 pm Youth Service (Grades 1 - 6)
5:45pm Hot Todddys                                                6:30 pm Mitzvah Day Committee



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                                                                                                                                                        Chanukah 5769
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE BLESSINGS:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (To be recited and/or sung each night)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The candles are placed in the Menorah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from right to left, and kindled from left to
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tel 212.249.5000, fax 212.861.9092                                                                                                                      ual candles are put in place starting with the right-hand side of the Chanukah Menorah, the       Ba-ruch a-ta A-do-nai Eh-Io-hay-nu
                                                                                                                                                        Chanukiyah. The Shammash is lit first. Then the candles are lighted from left to right, i.e.,     meh-Iech ha-o-Iam a-sher
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                                                                                                                                                        the last one placed is the first to be lit. One on the first evening; two on the second, until



                                                        parshiot
www. templeisraelnyc.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ki-d ‘sha-nu b’mitz-vo-tav v’tzi-va-nu
                                                                                                                                                        the eighth night of Chanukah eight candles are lit by the Shammash.                               I’had-lik ner shel Chanukah.
                                        staff                                                                                                           On Friday eve, the Chanukah lights are kindled before Shabbat candles. As the lights are
                         DavID J. GelfaND Rabbi                                                                                                                                                                                                           We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign
                                                                                                                                                        lit, the blessings are sung or recited.                                                           of the universe: You hallow us with Your
                     rOberT p. abelsON Cantor
                           sheIla NesIs Cantor                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mitzvot, and command us to kindle the
                                                                                                                                                        Chanukah,the Feast of Dedication, lasts for eight days and begins on the twenty-fifth of          Chanukah lights.
                alaN D. lONDy Rabbi/Educator
                                                   Central to the Jewish faith is the reading on Shabbat & holidays of a parasha or sidra, a            Kislev. We light the first candle this year on December 15. The “Dedication” refers to the
                           sara sapaDIN Rabbi
           NaNCy-elleN mICCO Director, ECLC
                                                   portion of the Torah, in an annual cycle. Attached to each portion is a haftarah — literally
                                                   “conclusion.” The Haftarah is a selection from a later book, the Tanach, the Jewish Bible,
                                                                                                                                                        rededication of the Hasmonean Temple in Modi’in in 165 BCE.                                          
           rOberT freNCh Executive Director
            Dr. marTIN J. ZION Rabbi Emeritus
                                                   that illuminates the portion.                                                                        This festival came after victory was attained by the small forces of Judah Maccabee over
                                                                                                                                                        army detachments sent by King Antiochus of Syria. Antiochus had attempted to force a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
               JONas I. JavNa Cantor Emeritus                   Vayetze (Gen. 28: I 0-32:3): Continuing the story of Jacob’s journey from Beersheva,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                  DeceMber 6


                                                                                                                                                        foreign worship (the Hellenistic Oriental worship of Zeus) on the Jewish people. This was
                                    officers                    the portion tells of Jacob’s dream of the ladder and the ascending and descending       part of his strategy to unite his subjugated nations for a final war with Rome. Many of the
                                                                angels. The story continues with Jacob’s arrival at Haran, his 20-year indenture to
                             beTh lee President
    hON. freDerIC s. bermaN President Emeriti                   his uncle Laban, his marriage to Leah and Rachel, and the fateful births of Joseph
                                                                                                                                                        Jews assimilated and accepted Antiochus’ demands. But the Maccabees would not as-
                                                                                                                                                        similate. That small band achieved the spiritual victory of remaining Jews and the military
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
               heleN TObmaN President Emeriti                   and his brothers. With his family, Jacob at last begins his return home to con¬front    victory of defeating the Syrian Greeks.
         marTIN COheN Chairman of the Board                     his brother. The Haftarah, from Hosea (I 2: 13-14: I 0), refers to the favor shown by
                                                                God to Jacob, imploring the northern Israelites of the 8th Century BCE to return to                                                                                                       Ba-ruch a-ta A-do-nai Eh-Io-hay-nu
           mark kaufmaNN Chairman Emeritus                                                                                                              The story of Chanukah is not found in the Bible, but in the Apochrypha’s Booksof the
                                                                God.                                                                                                                                                                                      meh-Iech ha-o-Iam, sheh-a-sa ni-sim
                Oskar breCher Vice President                                                                                                            Maccabees, part of our post-Biblical Jewish literature. We celebrate Chanukah because             la-a-vo-tei-n u/I’ -mo-tei-nu
                 aNThONy COles Vice President                                                                                                           some of our ancestors fought for their ideals and would not assimilate. If it had not been
                                                                Vayishlach (Gen. 32:4-36:43): As Jacob journeys home to Canaan, he dreams again,                                                                                                          ba-ya-mim ha-heim ba-z’man ha-zeh.
                                                  DeceMber 13




             lIef D. rOseNblaTT Vice President                                                                                                          for them, Judaism likely could have disappeared. If we do not continue to learn and to live
                     laureNCe e. aCh Secretary                  this time of the wrestling match with a mysterious stranger, whom he bests. Jacob
                                                                                                                                                        Jewishly, assimilation will overtake us in our own day. If we do not remain zealous of our        We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign
                      leIGh abramsON Treasurer                  then acquires a new name: Yisrael—he who struggles with God. Jacob reconciles
                                                                                                                                                        freedom and the continued separation of religion and state, we will be overwhelmed by the         of the universe; You showed wonders
                                                                with Esau, and endures the deaths of Rachel and Isaac, whom he buries in Hebron.
                                   trustees                     The Haftarah is from Obadiah (Obad. I), the shortest book in the entire Bible. The      forces around us.                                                                                 to our fathers/mothers in days of old,
                            Carrie Abramson                     prophet inveighs against the Edomites, descendants of Esau, and urges reconcilia-                                                                                                         at this season.
                                   Allen Adler                  tion.
                               Ruth Bachrach                                                                                                                                                                                                              (This Blessing-On the First Night Only)
                          Hartley T. Bernstein
                                                                Vayeshev (Gen. 37-40): The portion begins the epic of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite. Here
                                                  DeceMber 20




                            Judy Brownstein
                                Rachel Dalton
                                                                is the story of the gift of the coat of many colors, a badge of chieftainship, which                                                                                                         
                                Sharon Eidler                   incurs the envy and enmity of Joseph’s brethren. After persuading Jacob that Jo-
                               Paul S. Galant                   seph is dead, his brothers sell the young man into Egyptian slavery. In Egypt, having                                                                                                        
                                 Robert Hetu                    survived the false accusation of his master Potiphar’s wife, Joseph becomes over-
                                  Ruth Hirsch
                               Andrew Jonas
                                                                seer of the Pharaoh’s prison. He gains a reputation as an interpreter of dreams. The                                                                                                      
                                                                Haftarah, from Amos (2:6-3:8), emphasizes the prophet’s concern with righteous-
                               Michele Kamp
                                 Ellen Kramer
                                                                ness, echoing Joseph’s righteous behavior with Potiphar’s wife and his reputation                                                                                                            
                                                                for fair dealing.
                                     Lori Levy
                                                  DeceMber 27




                          Jonathan Schindler
                                                                Miketz (Gen. 41-44:17): The famous story of Joseph’s interpretation of Phar¬aoh’s                                                                                                         Ba-ruch a-ta A-do-nai Eh-Io-hay-nu
                                 Martin Smith
                          Kathryn Spandorfer                    dreams of the fat and lean cattle, and the ears of wheat is followed by the narrative                                                                                                     meh-Iech ha-o-Iam, she-hecheyanu
                               Sarah Stafford                   of Joseph’s ascent as Pharaoh’s adviser. Years later, during the predicted famine,                                                                                                        v’ki-y’manu, v’higi-anu
                                   Daryl Stern                  Joseph’s brothers come into Egypt to buy grain. Here we read about the dramatic                                                                                                           la-z’man hazeh.
                                 Michelle Toll                  narrative of the brothers’ dealings with their unrecognized sibling. The Haftarah,
                                                                from I Kings (3:5-4:1), describes the wisdom of Solomon, echoing the Torah portion                                                                                                        We praise You, Eternal One, Sovereign
                         trustees emeriti                       with a dream sequence in which Solomon asks for a discerning heart to enable him                                                                                                          God of the universe, for giving us life,
                    Hon. Frederic S. Berman
                      Barbara Cohn Berman
                                                                to judge fairly. The Haftarah portion also contains the famous story of the two moth-                                                                                                     for sustaining us, and for enabling us
                         Harriett Blum Axler                    ers claiming the same child. Solomon’s wisdom echoes throughout the ages.                                                                                                                 to reach this season.
                     Johnnie Ruth Friedman
                                                  january 3




                       James M. Goodman
                               Daniel Semel
                                                                Vayigash (Gen. 44:18-47:27): The third act of the Joseph drama, in which Joseph
                                                                puts his brothers to a final test, suggesting that they leave Benjamin in Egypt as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ¨ 
                             Helen Tobman                       slave. Judah pleads to stay in Benjamin’s place; afterwards, Joseph pardons his
                                                                brothers and reveals himself. Joseph’s ultimate reconciliation with his brothers is     FIRST CANDLE...Sunday Evening,                                                                     ¨ 
                             in memoriam                                                                                                                December 21th-25 Kislev
                                Ira M. Belfer
                                                                a poignant study of repentance, forgiveness, and family relationships. Phar¬aoh
                                                                makes the fateful offer to receive Joseph’s family, planting the seed of the Exodus.    LAST CANDLE ... Sunday Evening,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          D ¨
                             Herbert G. Lane
                                Eleanor May                     The Haftarah, from Ezekiel (37:15-28) connects the reunion of Joseph and his family
                                                                to the end of the Babylonian exile and the reunion of the Northern Kingdom with
                                                                                                                                                        December 29th-2 Tevet                                                                             z z
                           chronicle staff                      Judea.
   mIChele amarO Communications Manager



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           Chanukah Toy Drive
           December 1-18:
                                                                                                                                     december
           This December the SAC will collect
           unwrapped new toys & gift cards to
           be given to children ages 2-16.
                                                                     Chanukah                                                         dilemma
                                                                                                                                                                      rabbi’s gourmet
                                                                                                                                                                      latke recipes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Green Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Did you know? At TI we recycle and use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     green cleaning products!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Next Social Action “Green” meeting is Janu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ary 9th at 9:30am.


                                                                     TO ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS - A JEW                                                                                                                                                               Green Tip: Please consider wrapping your

           Donations will be given to Ronald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     holiday gifts in newspaper or paper shop-

           McDonald House & Project Sunshine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ping bags. For a more unique and memo-
                                                                     (A Letter from a Christian)
           which help children suffering from ill-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rable presentation, ask your children to


           nesses, as well as, the needy children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     decorate the homemade wrapping. Happy


           of Yorkville Common Pantry.
                                                                     Dear Friends:                                                                                                                                                                                   Channukah!



           PLEASE make sure your TOYS are
                                                                     At this darkest season of the year, there is often confusion over bright lights and holi-


           UNWRAPPED and brand NEW. Please
                                                                     day glitz. A number of years ago, a Religious School teacher told me of her dismay. In a


           place your donations in the bins
                                                                     discussion with her students on the meaning of Chanukah, she was shocked to discover


           located outside the Temple. Please
                                                                     the number of Jewish families who have Christmas trees in their homes or who exchange
                                                                     Christmas gifts or somehow celebrate the Christmas season.

           email Kimberly Schlosser your ques-
           tions: Kschlosser@aol.com.
                                                                     Chanukah is now past, but its deepest meaning lies in its affirmation of the freedom to be
                                                                     different, to maintain our distinctive religious practices even though we are a small minority
                                                                     in American society. This is precisely the meaning of the Maccabean revolution. Chanukah
                                                                     commemorates those who proclaimed their own special identity and destiny which they
                                                                     were unwilling to give up even at the cost of their lives, much less for the comfort of being
                                                                     different. They knew who they were. So must we!

                                                                     The following letter drives home the most significant point of the "December Dilemma" and
                                                                     helps us understand who we are.

                                                                     You showed me the Christmas tree you placed in your home. You thought I would be
                                                                     flattered and pleased It is a beautiful tree, carefully set up end painstakingly decorated,
                                                                     but I am neither flattered nor pleased.
                                                                                                                                                                      Cheesy Zucchini Latkes                          Apple-Cheese Pancakes
                                                                     To me, a Christian, the tree is a symbol of my most sacred religious holiday. It has be-                                                                                                         Are you interested
                                                                     come, in our home, the mark of our Christianity during the season of the year when we            2 pounds zucchini squash
                                                                                                                                                                      I large Idaho potato, peeled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 1/2 cups chopped apple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I cup cottage or ricotta cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in helping the
                                                                     celebrate the birth of Christ.                                                                   I tablespoon lemon juice                        1/2 cup flour                                   Elderly, especially
                                                                                                                                                                      3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
                                                                     I ask myself what meaning the tree has for you? It cannot be a Christian religious               2 cloves garlic, minced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 cup whole wheat flour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar                   Holocaust Survivors?
                                                                     symbol, since you have told me often that as a Jew you do not accept Christ. For you, it         I egg. lightly beaten                           I teaspoon lemon juice
                                                                                                                                                                      I cup flour                                                                                    Please attend our next Social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                                                                     must then be no more than a pretty decoration. How can I help feeling resentful when             I tablespoon sugar                              2 tablespoons chopped almonds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Action Committee meeting on
                                                                     you take my sacred religious symbol and make it a mere decoration? And when I hear               I tablespoon brown sugar                                                                       Wednesday January 14, at 6pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dash nutmeg
                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 tablespoon pepper                                                                          We will be planning our annual
                                                                     you refer to it jokingly as a "Chanukah Bush" I am ashamed for you. But most of all                                                              4 eggs, separated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Project Ezra brunch headed by
                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 teaspoon salt                               1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                                     I'm sorry. Sorry for you. You mentioned "Chanukah. " I see some of my Jewish neighbors           Oil                                             Oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kevin Koplin and working on a
                                                                     decorate their homes so beautifully in it’s honor. I hear their children sing pretty songs                                                                                                      project for Bluecard headed by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Patti Lenkov. All are welcome!
EnCYCLoPaEDIa jUDaICa




                                                                     and telling an exciting and significant story. I am sorry that all this is so strange and        Grate, or process zucchini and potato to        Combine all ingredients except egg whites.
                                                                                                                                                                      grated consistency. Remove as much water        Beat whites until stiff and fold into apple
                                                                     foreign to you, that you do not give your children an opportunity to partake of it’s joy         as possible by squeezing mixture. Put           mixture. Heat oil in skillet. Drop batter by
                                                                     and share in its celebration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mitzvah Day
                                                                                                                                                                      mixture in a large bowl and toss with lemon     large spoonfuls into skillet and fry until
                                                                                                                                                                      juice, cheese, garlic, and egg. Sift together   golden. Serve with sour cream or low-fat
                                                                     Many thanks for wishing me a Merry Christmas. As a really good friend, one of your               flour, sugar, pepper, and salt. Blend into      yogurt flavored with cinnamon and a touch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is Coming!
                        through the generosity of board of trust-                                                                                                     vegetable mixture thoroughly. Form patties      of apple juice concentrate.
                        ees vice President oskar Brecher, mem-
                                                                     best, I wish you a Happy Chanukah.”                                                              and fry in 1/4 inch of hot oil until golden.
                        bers of Temple Israel now have access to
                        the wonderful Encyclopedia judaica in a      Truly, I hope that you and your family celebrated Chanukah with song, with joy and with          Drain on paper towels. Serve hot,
                        brand new beautifully bound 22-volume        overwhelming pride in being what you are. May we do so again next year and may we                plain or with sour cream or yogurt
                        print edition (to be housed in the johnnie   celebrate each and every Jewish Holiday! May the lights of our faith and the beacon of           blended with chives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mitzvah Day
                        Ruth Friedman Library) as well as an in-
                        novative online edition.
                                                                     freedom burn brightly in winter's darkest days and across the year.                                                                                                                                 Committee Meeting
                        In order to access the online edition, go    In friendship and faith, I am,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Thursday,
                        to http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/      Rabbi David J. Gelfand                                                                                                                                                                               12|11 at 9:15am
                        templenyc. The password for Temple
                        Israel members is ebook.


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                                                                                                                                     places & faces
          dreidel game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After Shabbat Services each Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          evening & Saturday morning, & for Holi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          days, we gather to celebrate, meet new




maoz tzur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          congregants, see our friends & share deli-
                                                                                                                                     1. 2. & 3. Sammy Roumanian Night at TI was a huge success, Cantor and Carol Abelson                                  cious treats. With a contribution of $360
                                                                                                                                     serenaded the congregation. 4. & 5. Apple Picking with the Religious School was a tasty                              (October thru June), you may sponsor an
                                                                                                                                     and educational experience for all. What a sweet way to celebrate Sukkot.                                            Oneg or Kiddush in honor of a special oc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          casion or person, in memory
                                                                                     Dreidel Game Rules - How to Play Dreidel                                                                                                                             of a loved one, or simply to share




                                                                                                                                                                                                                               photo: Ben Asen
Ma-oz tsur y’shu-a-tee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    your joy and tzedakah with your
L’cha na-eh I’sha-bey-ach.                                                           The dreidel is a 4-sided top of ancient ori-                                                                                                                         congregational family.
Tee-kon bay-t’fee-Iah-tee                                                            gin. The Hebrew letters on the side are nun,                                                                                                                         To reserve a date & make your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          contribution, please fill in and
V’sham to-dah n’zabay-ach.                                                           gimel, hay, and shin. They form an acronym                                                                                                                           mail to the office or
L’ayt ta-cheen mat-bay-ach.                                                          in Hebrew which means “A great miracle                                                                                                                               fax to 861-9092 or email
Mee-tzar ha-m’na-bay-ach.                                                            happened there.”                                                                                                                                                     sfoley@templeisraelnyc.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AvAilAble dAtes
                                                                                     Dreidel, is a traditional game played by                                                                                                                             dec 5, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
  z                                                                 children during the eight day Hanukkah
                                                                                     celebration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jan 2, 3, 9, 16, 23, 30, 31


                                                                 This game is best played in groups of 4-6.
                                                                Each player gets an equal number of pen-
                                                                                     nies, nuts, M&Ms, stones or whatever you
z                                                                 wish to use.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                               photo: Ben Asen
                                                             Each player takes turns spinning the
                                                                                     dreidel. If it lands on:
  
 z   z                                                    Nun   a    the player receives nothing, next
                                                                                     player spins.
z 
                                                                                     Gimel   b   the player takes all of the pot.
Rock of ages, let our song Praise
Your saving power;
You, amid the raging foes,
Were our sheltering tower.
                                                                                     Hay   d     the player takes half of the pot.
Furious, they assailed us.
But Your arm availed us,
                                                                                           a




                                                                                                                                                                                                                               photo: Steven Spandorfer
And Your word                                                                        Shin       the player puts a playing piece
Broke their sword.                                                                   into the pot
When our own strength failed us.
                                                                                     Each time the pot is emptied out, each
Kindling new the holy lamps                                                          player puts in a playing piece (penny, nut,
Priests approved in suffering,                                                       candy) and the game continues.
Purified the nation’s shrines,
Brought to God their offering.
And His courts surrounding
Hear, in joy abounding,
Happy throngs,
Singing songs,
With a mighty sounding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I/We,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wish to sponsor the
Children of the Maccabees,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                [ ] Oneg, Fri evening
Whether free or fettered,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 [ ] Kiddush, Sat morning




                                                                                                                                                                                                                               photo: Steven Spandorfer
Wake the echoes of the songs.       “The Whole Chanukah Catalogue”                                                                                                                                                                                        on (month/day)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          [ ] In Honor of (name of person or occasion)
Where you may be scattered.
Yours the message cheering,
                                    edited by Rabbi Gelfand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          [ ] In Memory of (name of loved one)
That the time is nearing,
Which will see,                     Now available at the TI office, $5.00 per copy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          [ ] Enclosed is a check for
All men free,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $
Tyrants disappearing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     [ ] charge me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Visa/MC number
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Expiration date
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phone

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reach us
Administration 212-249-5000
admin@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           tzedakah                                      Each month we acknowledge with deep gratitude
                                                                                         the contributions by congregants & friends to
                                                                                         Special Funds. Their generosity & spirit of unity with
                                                                                         Temple Israel is acknowledged by a note of thanks
                                                                                         sent to each donor &, upon request, to a designated
                                                                                         honoree or the family of the loved one remembered.                       Your Invited...
                                                                                         Gifts are often made in memoriam, honoring others,
ECLC 212-249-5001                                                                        in gratitude & celebrating life-cycle milestones.
eclc@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           DONOR                                                                       IN MeMORy OF
Religious School 212-249-5002              Jean & William Aaron                                                          Dr. Robert Aaron
religiousschool@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Ms. Lorrie Ader                                                                   Miriam Fisher
Temple Israel Cemetery 914-478-1343        Mrs. Mabel Ader                                                                   Miriam Fisher
dsomers@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Bernice & Irving Baras                                                           Charles Brody
Cantor Robert Abelson 646-292-9484         Mr. Leonard D. Carr                                                                Samuel Carr
cabelson@templeisraelnyc.org                                                                                                    Harry Kaye
Michele Amaro 646-292-9494                                                                                                     Etta Ribbler
Communications Manager                     Susan and Dr. Steven Feldman                                                    Joseph Cohen
mamaro@templeisraelnyc.org                 Andrea & Gordon Fish                                                      Jacqueline Neukrug
Lindsay Bennett 646-292-9489               Linda & Harold Friedman                                                        Louis Friedman
Assistant Director, eCLC                   Mrs. Gerie Gore                                                              Michael R. Shank
lbennett@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Jane & Kenneth Hirsch                                                Dr. Roger Lewis Gittelson
Judy Chen 646-292-9491                     Mrs. Ruth Hirsch                                                             Margot Kleinrock
Bookkeeper                                 Harriet & Ashley Hoffman                                                        Helen Dickman
jchen@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Ms. Eleanor Hyman/Mr. Lawrence Hoffman                                        Harry Sheinberg
Sheila Foley 646-292-9492                  Mr. Richard Jacobs                                                            Millicent Jacobs
Operations Manager
                                           Carole & Mark S. Kaufmann                                                 Sally Richard Cohen
sfoley@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Dr. Melvin N. Kramer                                                           Elsie Good Kurz
Robert French 212-249-5253                 Richard M. Leder                                                           Jessica Anne Leder
executive Director
                                           Helene & Herbert Lewis                                                      Florence Graubart
rfrench@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Stacey & Howard Markman                                                          Charles Thaler
Rabbi David J. Gelfand 212-249-5003        Ms. Mindy Schanback                                                           Simone Feldman
rabbistudy@templeisraelnyc.org
Inna Gorodnistky 646-292-9496
                                           Mrs. Diane Baumritter Schatz
                                           Jo-Anne & Martin H. Schneider
                                                                                                                        Freida Baumritter
                                                                                                                         Mollie H. Spitzer
                                                                                                                                                                    The Dedication of our New Torah
Director of Finance
igorodnitsky@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Beatrice Shapiro                                                                 Milton Shapiro                            CELEBRATION CEREMONY
                                           Helen Siegel & Ruth Siegel                                               Louis & Bertha Siegel
Dee Greenberg 646-292-9480
executive Assistant to Rabbi Gelfand
dgreenberg@templeisraelnyc.org
                                           Ralph M. Steinberg
                                           Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Wedeen
                                                                                                                           Hilde Steinberg
                                                                                                                              Robert Levy
                                                                                                                                                               Sunday, December 14th, 4:00pm
                                           Ellen Arthur                                                                 Dave Tanenbaum
Eugenia James 646-292-9490                 Harriett Axler                                                                    Joseph Axler
Membership Coordinator                                                                                                                                  Ceremony begins promptly at 4:00 pm in front of the Temple
ejames@templeisraelnyc.org
Rabbi Alan D. Londy 212-249-5002
educator
                                                                                                                                                  Join us for this special event marking the completion of our Torah Project

                                                                    lifecycles mazal tov to…
alondy@templeisraelnyc.org
Nancy-Ellen Micco 212-249-5001                                                                                                                        and the beginning of the life of our new Torah in our congregation
Director, eCLC
nmicco@templeisraelnyc.org
Sheera Miller 646-292-9476                                                                                                                        •   Celebrate with the almost 400 families who wrote in our New Torah
Music & Movement and Tefillah Specialist                            We are happy to announce that Temple Israel members, Lauren &
smiller@templeisraelnyc.org
                                                                    Adam Schwartz and big sister Alexandra, welcomed a new member                 •   Hear our Torah read from for the first time
Sharrye Moore 212-249-5002                                          to their family, Aerin Rose Schwartz – Aerin was born on October
Religious School Office Manager                                     20, 2008.                                                                     •   Celebrate the consecration of our newest Religious School students:
                                                                    our condolences to…
smoore@templeisraelnyc.org
Cantor Sheila Nesis 646-292-9486
snesis@templeisraelnyc.org                                          We are saddened to announce the death of Lelya Gorodnitsky, z”l,
                                                                                                                                                  •   Mix and Mingle at the reception and enjoy food and drinks
Rabbi Sara Sapadin 646-292-9485                                     mother-in-law of our Director of Finance, Inna Gorodnitsky. Lelya
ssapadin@templeisraelnyc.org                                        passed away on Monday, November 10, 2008.                                     •   Bring the children for fun, age appropriate activities (pre-school and up)
Jamie Warshal 212-249-5000
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
jwarshal@templeisraelnyc.org                                                                                                                      RSVP by Thursday, December 11, at 212-249-5000 or torahproject@templeis-
Pat Watkins 646-292-9487
Playgroup Director
                                                                                                                                                  raelnyc.org
pwatkins@templeisraelnyc.org

                                           16   Temple Israel ChrONICle > DeCember 08 > kIslev/ TeveT 5769
Be A Greeter
                                                         BOOKS FOR ISRAEL
                                                                                                                                                   up close                                          be talking about and little
                                                                                                                                                                                                     time on things that matter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     What is most needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the world?

The role of Greeter is a won-
                                                           BOOK DRIVE NOV 17-DEC 18                                                                with                                              Love! I am a romantic. I re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ally enjoy loving people.
derful way for you to become
acquainted with fellow Temple                                                                                                                      Cantor                                            Which words and phrases


                                                                                                                                                   Sheila Nesis
members, to feel a part of the                                                                                                                                                                       do you most over-use?
community and help to create a                                                                                                                                                                       This is tough because it’s
warm, welcoming atmosphere.                                                                           Carts on Main, 4th, 5th floors
                                                                                                                                                                                                     difficult for me in English.
                                                                                                                                                   Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Sheila    I say “yes” a lot when I am
                                                                                                   We especially need Middle School                Nesis moved to New York City in the summer        excited about something.
We would like to thank all                                                                                   and High School books                 of 2007. Sheila sat down with The Chronicle       In Spanish I overuse the
those Greeters who volunteered                                                                                                                     to talk about prayer and spirituality, Shabbat    word “delicioso”. I use it
                                                                                                      SCHOOL READING LEVELS: pre-K to 12                                                             to describe both food and
                                                                                                                                                   LIVE, love, and her acclimating to life in the
in November Ellen Kramer,                                                                TYPE OF BOOKS NEEDED: Beginning readers, classic          Big Apple.                                        people!
Daryl Stern and Michele Kamp.                                                             short stories, chapter books, educational magazines

If you are interested in learning                                                              PLEASE NO BOARD BOOKS, PULP ROMANCES,
                                                                                                   BOOKS IN TORN OR DIRTY CONDITION                What is your current state of mind?               What do you value most in
more, please contact our Greeter                                                                                                                   I am feeling very good. It’s been a long jour-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     your friends?



                                                 Love Scarf Project
Coordinator, Sigalit Biopcik at                                                                                                                    ney since I came here and I was very excited      It’s an interesting question as
                                                                                                                                                   but scared too. It was a big change for me        living here in NYC my under-
sigalit_shmulik@msn.com.                                                                                                                           but I knew this had to happen to me. I am         standing of what this means
                                                                                                                                                   learning so many things that enrich me in my      has changed. My very best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photo: Ben Asen
                                                                                                                                                   profession and my personal life. I have also      friends are in Argentina. They
                                                 The Knitzvah Circle presented over 40 scarfs to the Seidman LoveScarf Project. Congregants Lisa   learned how to take care of myself in a better    make me feel they are there for me and I can        What do you hope our congregants experi-
                                                 and Leon Seidman, founded the NYC Chapter in memory of their brother, Robbie Seidman. The         way than I used to. I am feeling really happy     count on them. Not only when times are bad          ence when they come here to worship and
                                                 scarfs have been delivered to cancer patients at NY Presbyterian Hospital.                        right now.                                        but also to go out and enjoy and celebrate.         how do you hope that ShabbatLIVE will influ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     It’s important to have friends that do not judge    ence this?
                                                                                                                                                                                                     you – they can say what they think but they
                                                                                                                                                   What is your favorite way of spending time?       will support you anyway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Shabbat is one of the things that I value the

             STAYING                                                                                                                               I love to hear music… at home, in a con-
                                                                                                                                                   cert, anything or anywhere. It could be a big
                                                                                                                                                                                                     What is your motto (words you live by or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         most from our tradition. It’s a great gift. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         an ability… to find the time at the end of the

              IN TOuCH
                                                                                                                                                   concert or a small show. It doesn’t matter. I                                                         week to think, to reflect, and to give your
                                                                                                                                                                                                     that mean a lot to you)?
                                                                                                                                                   like to support new artists – even if it means                                                        family and the people you love the time they
                                                                                                                                                   going to hear them at 11:00pm when no one         All you need is love!                               deserve. Music is a great way to feel spiri-
                                                                                                                                                   else wants to go out.                                                                                 tuality in your soul. Shabbat is when I ask
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         people to come to services. To sing and to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     What natural gift would you most like               pray together is the way to open the door to a
               our Clergy are eager to be in                                                                                                       Who is your favorite Jewish hero?                 to possess?                                         communal spiritual experience.
            contact with all members of our                                                                                                        I have at least two. Moshe (Moses) is a real      I would love to be able to dance better. I do
              Temple Israel family whenever                                                                                                        hero to me. I love the fact that he has all of    dance and love dancing.                             I hope our congregants leave services with a
    occasions of joy or sadness touch your                                                                                                         these strengths but he has weaknesses too.                                                            sense of happiness, hope and relief. Shabbat
                                        lives.                                                                                                     He is so human. It is important to relate to                                                          LIVE brings contemporary, participatory music
Please don’t assume that news— such as                                                                                                             someone that is not perfect.                      If you could change one thing about                 to the service – this helps people get closer to
                                   a serious                                                                                                       The other hero of mine is Jacob. I love the       yourself, what would it be?                         us (the clergy), sing with us and it involves ev-
 illness—comes to our attention automati-                                                                                                          story in the Bible about how he and Rachel                                                            eryone. It is a family time and the opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                                                     I am too hard on myself sometimes which
    cally or accurately. we ask that a family                                                                                                      met. It is so impressive. And he worked so hard                                                       for a meaningful family experience. I hope that
                                                                                                                                                                                                     makes me hard on others too. I wish I could
   member or close friend call & tell us if a                                                                                                      to be able to marry her (14 years!)                                                                   Shabbat LIVE is an experience they under-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     change this.
 visit or phone call from the Rabbi or Can-                                                                                                                                                                                                              stand that they need and it becomes part of
   tors would be of comfort. and please let
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         their regular routine. I hope everyone will give
                                                                                                                                                   When and where were you the happiest?             When and where was your most memorable              Shabbat LIVE a chance!
us know about simchas–births, weddings,
                   et cetera–too! Just email                                                                                                       I’m a very happy person. I am happy all           Chanukkah?
         templeisrael@templeisraelnyc.org                                                                                                          the time. There is a song by John Lennon,         I didn’t grow up in a very Jewish environment.
                                                                       The Officers and TrusTees Of                                                “Beautiful Boy” whose lyrics include… “Life       It was only at the time of my Bat Mitzvah that I
                                                                                                                                                   is just what happens to you while you’re busy
                                                                Temple israel Of The ciTy Of                                                       making other plans”. Even when you’re not
                                                                                                                                                                                                     began to want to go to Temple. I was 14 when
                                                                                                                                                                                                     I was first asked to substitute for the cantor at
                                                                         new yOrk
                                                                                                                                                   experiencing true happiness there is always       a wedding ceremony. The wedding was during
 CHARLES S. SALOMON                                                                                                                                something to gain from the experience.            Chanukkah and it was the first time I sang the
 RIVERSIDE-CAMPBELL                                                 cOrdially inviTe yOu TO aTTend                                                                                                   “Maoz Tzur”.

  MEMORIAL CHAPELS                                           The 138Th annual cOngregaTiOnal                                                       What is your greatest fear?

   212 362-6600 / 212 288-3500                                            meeTing                                                                  I’m scared of the misuse of words. Words are
                                                                                                                                                   powerful. God spoke and created the world.
                                                                                                                                                   Words are a powerful thing. We spend too
                                                                                                                                                   much time talking about things we shouldn’t


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                                                               worship services
                                                               Fridays 6:00pm/Saturdays 10:30am. Weekly Torah Study: Saturdays 9:15 - 10:15am.
                                                               Sermons by Rabbi Gelfand unless otherwise noted.

                                                               Friday, Dec 5                               Saturday, Dec 20
                                                               “The Limits of Self-Esteem”                 Vayeshev
                                                               Rabbi Londy                                 “Being What You Are, Espe-
                                                                                                           cially at Chanukah”
                                                               Saturday, Dec 6
                                                               Vayetze                                     Friday, Dec 26
                                                               “A Numbers Game: What’s                     “What the Laws of Chanukah
                                                               Monday for?”                                Teach Us about Being Jewish
                                                               Rabbi Londy                                 in the Modern World”
                                                                                                           Rabbi Londy
                                                               Friday, Dec 12
                                                               “Judaism and Hellenism: Greek               Saturday, Dec 27
                                                               Mind/Jewish Body”                           Miketz
                                                                                                           “Disguises”
                                                               Saturday, Dec 13                            Rabbi Londy
                                                               Vayishlach
                                                               “Wrestling with Ourselves and               Friday, jan 2
                                                               God”                                        “The Lessons of Joseph in a
                                                                                                           New Year”
                                                               Friday, Dec 19                              Rabbi Sapadin
                                                               ShabbatLIVE
                                                               with Craig Taubman &                        Saturday, jan 3
            Friday, December 19, 6pm                           Friends                                     Vayigash
                                                                                                           “The Joseph Story: Finding our
                                                               “Chanukah Secrets”
                 Craig Taubman                                                                             Families in Torah”
                                                                                                           Rabbi Sapadin
             of Friday Night Live fame, brings his charisma,
            award winning musical talent & spiritual passion
                   from Los Angeles to Temple Israel.


          Festive Hot Totty Drinks precede at 5:45pm            TORAH STUDY - Saturdays from 9:15-10:15am. Each Shabbat, share in
             Childcare provided, Pre-K to Grade 2               Rabbi Gelfand’s passion for Torah, or on occasion learn special insights
                                                                from one of our guest scholars. Make our ancient Bible and traditions come
                                                                alive. No previous knowledge or Hebrew required. Hillel taught, “...the more
                                                                Torah, the more life!” Come regularly or drop by now and again, there’s a
              Watch Craig’s Chanukah Special on PBS             cup of coffee, juice and a bagel... and a Torah... with your name on it.
                 WNET - New York Thu 12|18 at 8:00pm



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