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Tisha B’Av Service Saturday, July 17

Posted on June 24, 2021

The ninth of Av is a day of deep sadness within the Jewish world as we commemorate the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonians and then the Romans, as well as other tragedies that have befallen our people. It is observed with fasting and prayer. This year our observance will begin outdoors Continue Reading »

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Honey from the Heart Annual Fundraiser

Posted on May 28, 2021

Order online by July 7 to receive free domestic shipping. (Shipping charge of $5.50 per jar applies to orders placed between July 8 – August 6, the last day to order.) ORT will ship a personalized package, including a festive 8-ounce jar of  kosher clover honey, a gift card, and the blessing for the New Continue Reading »

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Highlights from Shavuot

Posted on May 19, 2021

Lilacs, rhododendrons, and apple blossoms adorned the Court Street entryway to Temple Israel as we celebrated our first ever outdoor Shavuot service. Surrounded by the lattice panels of our sukkah, which had been transformed into movable screens decorated with flowers and greenery, about 25 congregants joined voices in song and prayer on Shavuot morning. The Continue Reading »

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Celebrate SHAVUOT Four Ways!

Posted on May 3, 2021

  Sign up on the website calendar to join us for Shavuot observances: 1. An Outdoor Bimah Sunday, May 16, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Transform our Court Street parking lot and outdoor bimah into a prayerful garden-like space with greenery, flowers, and plants that you bring from home.   2. Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Statewide Continue Reading »

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Commemorating Yom Hashoah

Posted on April 5, 2021

This year we will commemorate Yom Hashoah with the screenings and discussion of two powerful films. Please register on the website calendar to receive your free links to these special screenings. Thursday, April 8, at 7:00 pm, the evening begins with a short presentation by Dr. Louis Levine, founding Director of the Museum of Jewish Continue Reading »

Interfaith Peacebuilding Initiatives in Israel/Palestine and the United States

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Please join us in celebrating Yom Ha-atzmaut, Israel Independence Day Our special guest, Dr. Yehezkel Landau, hosts a conversation about Israel from an interfaith viewpoint, with references to inter-religious peace building initiatives in both Israel/Palestine and here in the United States. About the speaker: Dr. Yehezkel Landau, a dual Israeli-American citizen, is an interfaith educator, Continue Reading »

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Celebrating Purim, online and in-person!

Posted on March 9, 2021

Many thanks to the Ritual Committee members, Hebrew School students, Sisterhood, Rabba Kaya, and all the volunteers who created an array of programs for a socially-close and physically-distanced Purim celebration. With the generous support of the Cultural Endowment Fund, temple members enjoyed a variety of events, including: The family-friendly and interactive comedy show “Esther to Continue Reading »

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Passover at Temple Israel

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Join Temple Israel for Passover! We have a great lineup of Passover events this year, informed by the Haggadah chosen for our virtual Community Seder on the second night of Passover, The Promise of the Land. Author and theologian Rabbi Ellen Bernstein will join us on Sunday, March 14 to discuss the inspiration for her Continue Reading »

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Invitation to New Discussion Group for Seniors

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Temple Israel is pleased to announce a new discussion group for seniors: The Joyful Blessing of Time. This discussion group, led by experienced facilitator Laura Durant, will be a safe, supportive place to share our experiences, concerns, thoughts, and feelings about this time in our lives. We will recognize and celebrate our triumphs, acknowledging the Continue Reading »

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Purim is Coming!

Posted on February 4, 2021

Join Temple Israel for a great lineup of Purim events and fun! Sunday February 21, 11:00 am Baking with the Sisterhood: Hamantaschen Please join us via Zoom!  Recipe & Ingredient List Register to receive Zoom information   Sunday, February 21, 5:00pm Esther to the Rescue! A Purim comedy show for families Professional comedy troupe The Continue Reading »