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a little light creates blessings
List in formation as of Nov 18, 08 Blessed is the Eternal,
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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: email@example.com
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
and interactive social action projects of Temple Israel.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
email@example.com 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
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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Youth Service (Grades 1 - 6)
5:45pm Hot Todddys 6:30 pm Mitzvah Day Committee
Youth Service T O T S H A B B A T
11:00 a.m. – 12 noon Saturday, December 13, 11am
Service will be highlighteD by:
FoURTH GRaDE KaBBaLaT SIDDUR CEREmonY
Celebrate Shabbat with Us!
(RECEIvInG THEIR 1ST PRaYER BooK) For pre-schoolers & siblings, parents
& grandparents & their little ones.
PLEaSE joIn US FoR THIS vERY SPECIaL SaBBaTH YoUTH SERvICE wHEn Mini-bagels & muffins, juice &
wE HonoR oUR 4TH GRaDE STUDEnTS. To CELEBRaTE THE BEGInnInG
oF InTEnSIvE HEBREw STUDIES THIS YEaR, EaCH STUDEnT In THE FoURTH coffee for adults, too. Saturday
GRaDE wILL RECEIvE HIS oR HER own SIDDUR (PRaYER BooK), GaTES oF Mornings, once a month.
PRaYER FoR YoUnG PEoPLE. InvITE YoUR EnTIRE FamILY!
Future Tot Shabbat dates:
FoLLowED BY KIDDUSH LUnCH FoR CHILDREn & aDULTS.
Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 18, May 9
RSvP To SHaRRYE mooRE aT SmooRE@TEmPLEISRaELnYC.oRG
LeaRneRS CIRCLe Celebrate
a PaThway TowaRDS JewISh LITeRaCy
wITh RaBBI SaPaDIn Shabbat with us
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The candles are placed in the Menorah
from right to left, and kindled from left to
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Chanukiyah. The Shammash is lit first. Then the candles are lighted from left to right, i.e., meh-Iech ha-o-Iam a-sher
the last one placed is the first to be lit. One on the first evening; two on the second, until
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,
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.
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
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-
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-
ness, echoing Joseph’s righteous behavior with Potiphar’s wife and his reputation
for fair dealing.
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
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
James M. Goodman
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,
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
This December the SAC will collect
unwrapped new toys & gift cards to
be given to children ages 2-16.
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-
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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,
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
After Shabbat Services each Friday
evening & Saturday morning, & for Holi-
days, we gather to celebrate, meet new
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.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Dreidel, is a traditional game played by dec 5, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
z children during the eight day Hanukkah
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
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,
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,
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
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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.
DONOR IN MeMORy OF
Religious School 212-249-5002 Jean & William Aaron Dr. Robert Aaron
Ms. Lorrie Ader Miriam Fisher
Temple Israel Cemetery 914-478-1343 Mrs. Mabel Ader Miriam Fisher
Bernice & Irving Baras Charles Brody
Cantor Robert Abelson 646-292-9484 Mr. Leonard D. Carr Samuel Carr
email@example.com Harry Kaye
Michele Amaro 646-292-9494 Etta Ribbler
Communications Manager Susan and Dr. Steven Feldman Joseph Cohen
firstname.lastname@example.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
Jane & Kenneth Hirsch Dr. Roger Lewis Gittelson
Judy Chen 646-292-9491 Mrs. Ruth Hirsch Margot Kleinrock
Bookkeeper Harriet & Ashley Hoffman Helen Dickman
Ms. Eleanor Hyman/Mr. Lawrence Hoffman Harry Sheinberg
Sheila Foley 646-292-9492 Mr. Richard Jacobs Millicent Jacobs
Carole & Mark S. Kaufmann Sally Richard Cohen
Dr. Melvin N. Kramer Elsie Good Kurz
Robert French 212-249-5253 Richard M. Leder Jessica Anne Leder
Helene & Herbert Lewis Florence Graubart
Stacey & Howard Markman Charles Thaler
Rabbi David J. Gelfand 212-249-5003 Ms. Mindy Schanback Simone Feldman
Inna Gorodnistky 646-292-9496
Mrs. Diane Baumritter Schatz
Jo-Anne & Martin H. Schneider
Mollie H. Spitzer
The Dedication of our New Torah
Director of Finance
Beatrice Shapiro Milton Shapiro CELEBRATION CEREMONY
Helen Siegel & Ruth Siegel Louis & Bertha Siegel
Dee Greenberg 646-292-9480
executive Assistant to Rabbi Gelfand
Ralph M. Steinberg
Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Wedeen
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
Rabbi Alan D. Londy 212-249-5002
Join us for this special event marking the completion of our Torah Project
lifecycles mazal tov to…
Nancy-Ellen Micco 212-249-5001 and the beginning of the life of our new Torah in our congregation
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 &
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…
Cantor Sheila Nesis 646-292-9486
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.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
email@example.com RSVP by Thursday, December 11, at 212-249-5000 or torahproject@templeis-
Pat Watkins 646-292-9487
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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
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-
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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-
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?
email@example.com 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
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
Temple Israel ChrONICle > DeCember 08 > kIslev/ TeveT 5769 19
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”
Friday, Dec 12
“Judaism and Hellenism: Greek Saturday, Dec 27
Mind/Jewish Body” Miketz
Saturday, Dec 13 Rabbi Londy
“Wrestling with Ourselves and Friday, jan 2
God” “The Lessons of Joseph in a
Friday, Dec 19 Rabbi Sapadin
with Craig Taubman & Saturday, jan 3
Friday, December 19, 6pm Friends Vayigash
“The Joseph Story: Finding our
Craig Taubman Families in Torah”
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.
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