Celebrating High Holidays with Kids:
Part 2, Yom Kippur

Written by: Dinah Berch, guest blogger Posted on September 2, 2021

The kids are back to school with all the fanfare of back-to-school shopping, their first haircuts since Covid-19 started, and obligatory first day photos. This week’s four-day weekend means finding ways to involve the kids in my hectic High Holiday preparations. For me, the holiday starts with the sounds and the tastes. “Bashana haba’a” gets Continue Reading »

Celebrating High Holidays with Kids:
Part 1, Rosh Hashanah

Written by: Dinah Berch, guest blogger Posted on August 30, 2021

The holidays are right around the corner – just after the first few days of school – and I’m in full planning mode. Who needs to be where when? What do we need to wear? What are we going to eat? How do I keep my children quiet and busy while also teaching them to Continue Reading »

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Join Us for the High Holidays!

Written by: Fran Berman Posted on August 17, 2021

Shana tova! Please join us for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah! Temple Israel is planning inspiring, meaningful in-person and virtual services to celebrate this year’s High Holidays. For the first time, we will hold creative Family Services outdoors under a tent, and traditional High Holiday services will once again take Continue Reading »

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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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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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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 »