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Carrying the Name of God

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Written by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Posted on October 15, 2021

Who was Abraham and why was he chosen to be the founder of the Jewish people? We first learn of him, with his original name – Avram, at the very end of the story of Noah and the flood. He is a descendant of Shem, one of the three sons of Noah. At the beginning Continue Reading »

Staged Play Reading: Rite of Passage

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Please join us in the social hall on Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 pm for a staged reading of the new play, Rite of Passage, written by young Jewish playwright Izzy Salant. SYNOPSIS: Rite of Passage by Izzy Salant A tragic secret haunts Harold while he is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Why did his Continue Reading »

Reproductive Rights and the Ongoing Abortion Debate: What Can Judaism Teach Us?

Posted on October 14, 2021

Please join us on Tuesday, November 9, at 7:00 pm via Zoom for a presentation and discussion by Rabbi Leonard Scharzer, MD. In the abortion debate in the United States, most Jews politically align themselves with the “pro-choice” camp.  For many, the reason is that they do not believe government should be involved in such Continue Reading »

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Israel’s Milestones & Their Meanings

Posted on October 1, 2021

The Israel Affairs Committee, with the support of the Cultural Endowment Fund, will offer an important 8-part series prepared by the highly respected Shalom Hartman Institute on pivotal events in Israeli history:  1917, 1947, and 1967.  The series includes video, text study, and  discussion led by Rabba Kaya. “As we look to Israel’s future, we Continue Reading »


6-week class: Hand-drumming for Beginners

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Come join us for six fun-filled drum-circle style classes accessible to everyone, from “never-ever played any instrument EVER” to the seasoned musician. Through the experience of playing multi-part rhythms from around the world, we will learn how to make a drum sound great, enjoy making music together as a community, and creatively express ourselves with Continue Reading »

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Temple Israel Supports IsraAID Efforts in Haiti

Written by: Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Posted on August 20, 2021

The disastrous situation in Haiti following an earthquake and a tropical storm demands a concerted and powerful humanitarian effort. The need is great and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute tzedakah through Israel’s largest humanitarian organization IsraAID. We are inspired by the efforts of IsraAID to support vulnerable people around the world who find themselves Continue Reading »

Announcing Yachad Shabbat

Written by: Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Posted on August 9, 2021

We are thrilled to announce our new inter-generational Shabbat morning experience-Yachad Shabbat. Yachad is a Hebrew word meaning “altogether.” After Sukkot, we will begin welcoming everyone (Hebrew School families and all congregants) to celebrate Shabbat morning with us. As children arrive in their classrooms, adults can chat in the Shmooze at 9:00 am, followed by Continue Reading »