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January 2014

Tu B’Shevat Seder January 15th

Celebrate the New Year of the Trees at Temple Isaiah Temple Isaiah


Shabbat Shirah 1/11 Member Union

PA Family Bingo 1/11 for

Reform Judaism



Religious School/TYG Writing Session with Sofer Mitzvah Day 1:30 pm Renaissance Club

No Religious School


Religious School/Atid/TYG 9 am PA Mtg 9:09 am Brotherhood Mtg 11:15 pm 6 Facts about Torah Noon Adult Ed: Torah Study 1:15 pm Soup Kitchen 2 pm Triad Concert 5 pm Family Movie Night



Religious School 6:30 am Early AM StudyJewish Thought 8 pm The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven



Religious School

Religious School 6:30 am Early AM StudyHaftarot 8 pm The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven


Religious School 6:30 am Early AM StudyJewish Thought 8 pm The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven


Religious School 6:30 am Early AM StudyHaftarot 8:15 pm The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven

Saturday Ushers 11 Lebit Family 18 Fisher Family


No Religious School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Religious School 8 pm Bd of Trustees Mtg


Religious School 2 pm Book Disc Grp 7:30 pm Ritual Committee Mtg 8 pm School Bd Mtg

No Religious School


Friday Ushers


Oneg Hosts




8 pm Basic Judaism: Torah Trope

7 pm Adult Ed: Hebrew 8 pm Basic Judaism: Torah Trope

8 pm Basic Judaism: Torah Trope


7 pm Social Action Mtg






7 pm Adult Ed: Hebrew

8 pm Basic Judaism: Torah Trope




6:30 pm Tu B’Shevat Tu B’Shevat 7 pm Adult Ed: Hebrew Seder

New Year’s Day







Candle Lighting: 4:50


Board of Trustees Installation 5 pm Music Tot Shabbat

8 pm Erev Shabbat Service

Candle Lighting: 4:41

Camp Presentation

7 pm Family Erev Shabbat Service

Candle lighting: 4:33

5:30 pm Pre-Service Nosh

6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Candle lighting: 4:25

5 pm Story Tot Shabbat

8 pm Erev Shabbat Service

Candle lighting: 4:19

8 pm Erev Shabbat Service

Jan. 2014 / Tevet - Shevat 5774






10 am Shabbat Morning Service


David & Devin RotunnoB’nai Mitzvah B’nai Mitzvah Disc Grp-D

10 am Shabbat Morning Service


Ava Sirotkin-Bat Mitzvah 11:30 am Shabbaton Program 6 pm PA Family Bingo

10 am Shabbat Morning Service


10 am Shabbat Morning Service


Temple Isaiah

,s Reflections R abbi Rabbi,s Reflections

“I’ll Have ‘None’ of That” Two months ago, I spoke at a Friday night service about


an extensive study of American Jews conducted by the

Reform movement led with 35%, no denomination

Pew Research Center. The survey—which was carried

was second with 30%, the Conservative movement

out between February and June of 2013—concluded:

was third with 18%, Orthodox Judaism was fourth with

“American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to

10%, and “other” constituted the remaining 6%.

be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people . . . But the survey also suggests that Jewish identity is changing in America, where one-infive Jews (22%) now describe themselves as having no religion. 93% of those born between 1914 and 1927 say they are Jews by religion, 86% of those born between 1928 and 1945, 81% of those born between 1946 and 1964, 74% of those born between 1965 and 1980, and 68% of those born after 1980.” I believe that the study’s other major conclusions are relevant to me and you and our congregation. For

Among those affiliated with synagogues, the

Where do you and I and our congregation fit into these statistics? Are we included in these figures, or are they about strangers? Are they about people we know, or are they even about our children or grandchildren? I concluded that sermon with a call to action that I will share with you now, and to which I hope you will respond positively in the next few months: “We need to do a better job of publicizing our positive qualities, promoting our successes, learning from our failures, and trying out new approaches. The Reform


movement is known in the 21st Century for a blend

A 62% said that being Jewish is more about ancestry

hallmark of Temple Isaiah for almost 50 years. We

and culture than religion, 15% said it’s mainly about

need you to—as I said on Erev Yom Kippur—stand

religion, and 23% said that it’s about all three. Two-

up, speak up, and not be silent about this congrega-

thirds responded that it is not necessary to believe in

tion. We are doing well but could be doing better. We

God to be Jewish. 94% of Jews surveyed said they feel

need you to contribute to our success. What will your

proud to be Jewish and 75% have a “strong sense of

contribution continue to be? What will you bring to

belonging to the Jewish people.”

our community in the future?

of innovation and tradition, and that has been the

A Seven in ten feel very or somewhat attached to Israel, 73% believe that remembering the Holocaust and 69% believe that leading an ethical life are es-

Lo alecha ham’lacha ligmor, v’lo ata ben choreen

sential to their Jewishness. 56% regard as essential

l’heebatayl meemenna.

working for justice and equality in our country, 43%

"It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither

mentioned caring about Israel, and 42% said having a

are you free to abstain from it.”

good sense of humor are essential to being Jewish. L’Shalom, Rabbi Stephen Karol



On November 3rd, 70 people took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the mitzvah of symbolically “writing a Torah” as they joined with Sofer Neil Yerman to complete a letter in our Holocaust Torah. Participants wrote about their once-in-a -lifetime experience in our memory book. Lisa Adwar stated: “We so enjoyed today to be with my husband, child, and father. It was so compelling and interesting, and we could have stayed and listened to Neil speak for much more time--he was so enjoyable. Thank you for giving us this special opportunity.”

Two more writing sessions are planned on January 26th and March 9th. Anyone who has a desire to be involved in the writing process may do so. Writers can be any age, and regardless of ability; the Sofer will accommodate. You may invite friends and associates, and we encourage you to schedule your sessions together. We are able to accommodate group sessions on request. There are many levels at which congregants can support this project. Suggested dedication opportunities are outlined below.

Gifts may be in Honor or in Memory of someone.

Thank you for your participation in this historic event.

Olivia Schiff writing in the Torah with the help of Neil Yerman

* Examples: Creation Story, Ten Commandments, Binding of Isaac Please include any specific information with your gift.

SOLD A Torah Guardian A Entire Torah A Book of Torah A Parasha A Bar or Bat Mitzvah Portion A Chapter A Special Section* A Verse A Word A Letter

$18,000 $10,800 $ 5,400 $ 3,600

Please make checks payable to Temple Isaiah.

$ 1,800 $










Mail to: Temple Isaiah Torah Restoration 1404 Stony Brook Road Stony Brook NY 11790

If there is something that has a special meaning to you, Rabbi Karol is available to assist you in selecting an appropriate verse or passage. Contact the office at 751-8518 or email Penny Gentile at tibookkeeper@


Shabbat Shirah Celebration Shabbat Shirah this year is on January 10th and 11th. We hope you will join us for the programs described below. Jewish music is one of the pillars of worship and the way in which we beautify the world. We are happy to be offering these two special events as part of our Shabbat Shirah celebrations!


Friday Night, January 10th Join us for a singalong in the Israeli kumzitz style as part of our Friday night celebration of Shabbat Shirah. We will be singing the best of Israeli and Jewish music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's with a few new gems as well. Our service will feature the chanting of the ancient text of the Song of the Sea including special melodies for Shabbat Shirah. Don't miss this opportunity to bring Jewish music into your life! Music is one of the pillars of worship and the way in which we beautify the world. We are happy to be offering these two special events as part of our Shabbat Shirah celebrations!



Saturday Morning and Afternoon January 11th Shabbat Shirah celebrations continue as one of our young students will become Bat Mitzvah with passages from the Song of the Sea. Our Shabbat will continue with a light lunch and a special session with an overview of some of the fascinating stories of Jewish music through recorded examples and live explanations. Gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment of Jewish music by joining us this Shabbat afternoon. Please RSVP by January 7th if you will be attending the luncheon.


Sustaining Members Listen... to the sound of the shofar, rousing us to a higher purpose! We depend on Temple Isaiah. Regardless of our ages, the ages of our children, or even whether or not we participate regularly in activities provided by our temple, it is our collective responsibility to support Temple Isaiah and to keep Judaism alive and well. Shrinking Jewish populations, shifting demographics, and a challenging economic environment require creative solutions. Many congregations are folding and consolidating.

Our dues are the financial pillar on which our temple’s existence and good work depend. Please help us maintain Temple Isaiah as a house of worship, a house of learning, and a house of assembly. It is here we celebrate life-cycle events. It is here we receive spiritual and emotional support when we need it.

However, our total dues revenues, together with money from fundraisers, just barely pay our monthly bills.

Temple Isaiah’s Sustaining Membership Program encourages members of our congregation to make contributions commensurate with financial ability. If those of us who are able to give beyond the “family, single, or retiree” dues rates do so, the continuity and growth of programming at Temple Isaiah will be maintained. Ideally, each of us would support our temple to the best of his or her ability. Please ask yourself at this time: Am I able to strengthen our congregation by becoming a Sustaining Member? It is up to each of us to define our own “highest-supportable level” of giving. Only with strong financial support can Temple Isaiah continue to provide education, worship services, programming, and outreach. Please participate in this mitzvah.


Temple Isaiah

President,s Podium

An Honor To Serve It’s an honor to serve as your new President and to

recently become B’not Mitzvah here, blazing the

be entrusted with helping usher in the next chapter

trail for their two brothers Harry and Jacob. The

of our congregation’s life. I love the Temple Isaiah

girls’ experiences up on the bimah made me so

community and plan to help it grow and strengthen.

proud, not only of them but of Temple Isaiah as

The new Board of Trustees and I are here to serve


you and look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. The most effective way to fulfill your needs

I look forward to hearing from you. My email address

as a congregant is to keep an open line of commu-

is and my cell phone is



My wife Sue and I joined Temple Isaiah seven years



Dean Rosenzweig

Our two daughters, Emma and Clara, have

Temple Board Members A President: Dean Rosenzweig A Past President: Carole-Ann Gordon A Vice President: Randee Kanter A Vice President: Alan Rosofsky A Vice President: Gloria Snyder A Vice President: Richard Tuckman A Recording Secretary: Irva Steinweis A Corresponding Secretary: Jill Berns A Financial Secretary: Diane Weitzman A Treasurer: Steven Katz A Trustees: Jayne Cohen, Shari Countess,

Pam Feldman, Suzan Goldhaber, Linda Jonas, June Levine,

Howard Mazer, Mort Rosen, Mark Saidens, Phyllis Sterne

A Sisterhood Representative: Janet Feldstein A Brotherhood Representative: Jay Schoenfeld

Rabbi Karol's Vacation Rabbi Karol will be on vacation from December 30th through January 5th. Cantor Labow will be available in case of an emergency.


Temple Isaiah Wish List Still the Wish List We are starting a new secular year with a new Board of Trustees and officers. We are fortunate that we have been able to balance our temple budget and pay the bills. Those who manage to live from pay check to pay check know how trying that can be sometimes. Your lay leaders make many decisions about spending your dues and contributions in order to maintain our physical plant and to provide for the needs of the congregation. Most of us take for granted that the buildings will continue to be here and stand in good condition. The budget attempts to provide for predictable needs. However, we are also trying to thrive, not just survive! For that reason, we have composed a wish list that enumerates some extraordinary needs that are not covered in the operating budget for the temple. In recent years, generous donors have given us new lighting for the sanctuary, a new floor for the temple lobby, irrigation for Section II in our cemetery, a new alarm system for the temple building, and restoration of the Holocaust Torah, among other projects. Listed here are several projects that are not included in the current budget. If you are interested in any of these items, please call the office. Perhaps you can gather a group to help pay for one of the big-ticket projects. New secure front lobby door


New secure rear lobby door


Irrigation for cemetery section


Blinds for all classrooms


10 rectangular tables

$ 950

2 table caddies (rectangular)

$ 378

10 circular tables


2 table caddies (circular)

$ 690

60 folding chairs


Chair caddy

$ 309

Commercial refrigerator


2 LCD projectors

$ 660

You can help us thrive by sponsoring one of the items on the list.



Religious School Review Jewish Educational Resources Cable TV Channel 138, also known as Shalom TV,

Hebrew. This safe, personalized online world for

provides us with many wonderful programs geared

kids ages four through eight features a variety of

toward Judaism and Jewish life. I tend to watch

games that incorporate math, reading, and thinking

this channel a great deal and enjoy the Jewish and

skills together with activities that highlight Jewish

Israeli movies, as well as the music programming. I

identity through holidays, heritage, Israel, and He-

also enjoy a good Jewish book. At our faculty meet-

brew. Children learn through virtual adventures in

ing this past September, we overviewed two won-

a safe, closed internet environment.

derful books--God’s To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God’s Work on Earth, and The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven. These books are written by Ron Wolfson, a famous educator who was on the faculty of The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. You may also be interested in Ron Wolf-

A – This is another fabulous resource for our teachers and parents. There are technology sites, flashcards and Jewpardy, which is a Jewish spin on the popular TV game show Jeopardy. If you surf this site, I am sure that you will

son’s other books that focus on Shabbat, Passover,

find many interesting activities in Jewish learning.

and Chanukah.

A – This is a website with Jewish roots.

One of our teachers commented

that reading his books has changed her life. Dr. Wolfson has the ability to take complex theological issues and put them in a practical format. There are a number of Jewish websites that I recommend. They include:

Yes, they plant trees in Israel, but there is more information on this site regarding the development of Israeli land. If your family is looking to support a worthy cause, I highly recommend Larger than Life, a nonprofit

A – This site has links to Torah and to Jewish music. You can sign up to get “Ten Min-

organization for children battling cancer. The organization also supports Israeli families who come to

utes of Torah” on a daily basis.

the United States for medical treatment and they


– This is a site where

to Disney World. They really try to give hope, joy,

students and adults can practice reading Hebrew

and empowerment to the cancer patient children

letters and vowels.

and their families. They provide social and mental

Also, Behrman House has a

link related to our Hineni curriculum that reviews prayers your children are currently learning. Hineni 1 is for 5th grade and Hineni 2 is for 6th grade. The Mah Nishtana is also on this link for our 4th grade students.

The link is www.behrmanhouse.

plan several Dream trips for groups of 25 children

support for the families as well. During this cold winter month, surf the web or your cable TV channels and keep up with your Jewish heritage. Happy surfing!

com/click-and-pray-free. If you register at Behrman House, your child can play J-Land for free. J-Land

Rabbi Harvey Witman

is an interactive and fun game for practicing

Educational Director


' Tu B'Shevat Seder Wednesday, January 15th Come join your Temple family in observing the birthday of the trees. This beautiful seder involves tasting many kinds of fruit and wines. We will celebrate the bounty that will come to us as we prepare for spring and all that our earth has to offer us. We will be reminded that trees are the Jewish symbols for life and Torah. 6:30 pm Seder 7:15 pm Dinner 8:00 pm Conclusion of Seder Please bring your own Kosher-style dinner (no shellfish, pork products, or dairy-meat combinations). Dessert, coffee, wine, fruit, and challah will be provided. A donation of $8 per person/$25 per family is requested. We are a Mazon partner and a portion of your donation will be used to feed the hungry. Reservations for the Tu B'Shevat Seder must be received by January 8th.

Name ______________________________ Phone ______________________________ 10

# Attending ________ Donation __________

Social Action Actions MITZVAH DAY

A Jewish National Fund (JNF)

Dear Congregants,

Over the past three decades, JNF has worked to help Mitzvah Day is on Sunday, January 26th and will

alleviate Israel's chronic water shortage. The JNF

once again educate and engage our Religious School

Parsons Water Fund was established to expand on

students in interactive activities associated with

this vital work.

this year’s theme: Water Is Life. The need for clean

and sustainable water is great. In addition, Temple Isaiah congregants will have the opportunity to make

A The Sierra Club Foundation

a financial contribution to any of the organizations

Founded in 1960, The Sierra Club Foundation’s

listed at the right.

mission is to help educate, inspire, and empower humanity to preserve the natural and human

The typhoon in Southeast Asia has recently remind-

environment while also providing funding with other

ed us of the continuing and growing need for clean

nonprofit organizations that support their mission.

water. If you have not already done so, the Social

Action Committee supports any donation to the URJDisaster Relief Fund -

A Water Collective This organization secures life-lasting clean water

Please get involved by making a contribution to one

through robust solutions and economic empower-

of the organizations listed (cash or checks made pay-

ment. Their model provides solutions that organi-

able to Temple Isaiah). Please indicate which one

cally integrate local beneficiaries in the process of

you would like to make your donation to in the check-

building and sustaining their water sources for the

memo space or on the envelope. In addition, if you


would like to volunteer on Mitzvah Day, please call

Cheryl Schilling at 631-862-6692. Thank you,

Cheryl Schilling

Social Action Committee

Social Action Committee Member

Renaissance Club Attention Seniors! Our Renaissance Club meets once a month at the Temple. You are invited to come, make new friends, and share your ideas for speakers, outings, and events. The next meeting is January 26th at 1:30 pm. Please call Lillian Goldstein at 862-1747 for more information.


Adult Education


Temple Isaiah

Torah Study Rabbi Karol and other members of the group will be expanding the meaning of “studying Torah” to include the Book of Joshua and find out what happened in the Promised Land. Members and non-members are welcome. You will need to purchase The Jewish Study Bible, edited by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler, and published by Oxford University Press. Please contact the Rabbi if you have any questions. Leader: Rabbi Stephen Karol Sundays: 1/12—Chapters 11 and 12 Time: Noon-1 pm

Book Discussion Group Join a spirited, intellectual discussion of some of today’s great books. Our January selection is The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. Monday: 1/6 Time: 2 pm

Basic Judaism The Hebrew Track: This series of classes began in October. January sessions include: Instructor: Carole-Ann Gordon Thursdays: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 Time: 7 pm The Torah Trope Track: This short course will cover the fundamentals of Torah Trope signs used in the chanting of Torah. Set over 1000 years ago in Tiberias, these signs give shape and meaning to the text when chanted publicly. The course is for those intending to chant Torah at Temple and for those who are simply interested in the subject. Instructor: Cantor Ted Labow Thursdays: 1/ 2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 Time: 8 pm

6 Facts You Need to Know

about the


This is the fourth of six half-hour lessons Rabbi Karol is teaching in connection with our Torah Restoration Campaign. This lesson is on Who Are the Masoretes & Why Haven’t I Heard of Them? Sunday: 1/12 Time: 11:15-11:45 am

The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven: Reviewing & Renewing Your Life on Earth Based on a question posed in the Talmud, this book by Dr. Ron Wolfson discusses the quality of our lives and the subjects of honesty, legacy, learning, hope, priorities, goals, and perfection. Dr. Wolfson includes modern experiences and contemporary experts to enable you to think and talk about living a meaningful life. Please arrange to get a copy of the book on your own. Instructor: Rabbi Stephen Karol Tuesday 1/7 at 8:15; 1/14, 1/21, & 1/28 at 8 pm

Please RSVP to the office for all courses!


Camp Corner

At the Family Shabbat Service on Friday, January

more self-confident, and a little more connected to

24th, we will have the opportunity to hear from,

the Reform Jewish community.

and speak with, Louis Bordman, the Senior Director of the URJ Eisner Camp, about URJ Camping and Youth Engagement.

The 6 Points Science-Tech Camp opens for the first time this summer. Campers entering 5th through 9th grade will have the opportunity to spend two

The Reform Jewish camping needs of children at

weeks exploring robotics, video-game design, envi-

Temple Isaiah are met by Eisner Camp, located in

ronmental science, digital media, and a host of other

Great Barrington, MA, by Crane Lake Camp, located

fun activities in a friendly setting with Reform Jew-

in West Stockbridge, MA, and by the brand-new URJ

ish boys and girls who share similar interests. The

6 Points Science-Tech Camp, where scientific inquiry

camp is located in Massachusetts at the beautiful

meets fun, located in Byfield, MA.

Governor's Academy, just north of Boston's science

Since 1958, Eisner Camp has come to embody

and technology corridor.

the transformative power of Reform Jewish camp-

A summer at Eisner, Crane Lake, or the 6 Points

ing. Since it began, over a thousand children from

Sci-Tech Camp is more than a summer of fun. It is

Temple Isaiah have met students from URJ congre-

a summer that will last a lifetime!

gations from across the Northeastern United States to join together to relax and enjoy themselves while experiencing the magic of this special community. Lifetime friendships are often formed during a summer at a URJ camp. Crane Lake Camp has been a part of the URJ since 1998.

Its intimate environment allows campers

to embrace the challenge of learning new skills in athletics, aquatics, the arts, and adventure and nature programs, while enjoying numerous activities on its mile-wide lake. Both camps allow the campers to immerse themselves in a wide range of innovative Jewish educational pursuits and creative spiritual experiences. From the youngest of the day campers at Eisner Camp (in 2nd grade) to the oldest of the Machon Counselors-in-Training (entering 12th grade) at both Eisner and Crane Lake Camp, every child who spends a summer there returns home a little wiser, a little


Israel Committee Insights Remarkably, despite the numerous hardships and

in which growths form in the eyes as the result of ex-

threats it has endured, Israel has not merely survived

posure to ultraviolet-light, low humidity, and dust.

but in many ways thrived. The Jewish State has become an economic and technological powerhouse and

For the past five years, an Israeli organization named

has made important contributions in the areas of sci-

Innovation: Africa has been bringing solar power, clean

ence, technology, and medicine.

water, food, and medical care to more than 500,000 people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda,

Israeli researchers have developed novel medications

including providing light and electricity to an impov-

for multiple sclerosis and gaucherie’s disease, helped

erished remote orphanage.

develop USB flash drive and the software for instant messaging; pioneered drip irrigation, desalination,

Closer to home, Israeli humanitarian efforts have

and solar water heating systems, just to name a few

helped their neighbors, some even potentially hostile

examples. Israelis have won several Nobel prizes in

to the Jewish State. Israeli hospital teams have treat-

chemistry and economics, and Israel has more com-

ed some 200 wounded Syrians in the past six months,

panies listed in the NASDAQ stock exchange than any

all victims of the deadly civil war. In 2012 alone, over

other after the U.S.

200,000 Palestinians received medical treatment inside Israel, including 20 Palestinian children who re-

But, in my opinion, the most impressive accomplish-

ceived bone marrow and kidney transplants and other

ments of the Jewish State are in the realm of humani-

lifesaving operations. An Israeli organization called

tarian efforts. Israel set up an incredibly effective field

Save a Child’s Heart has treated over 3,000 children

hospital in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in

from 42 countries, with half coming from the Pales-

2010 and was performing surgery within hours of

tinian Authority, Jordan, Iraq, and Morocco.

their arrival. Last year, Israelis helped Long Island communities after Hurricane Sandy, and now in the

Quite remarkably, in November the critically ill grand-

Philippines Israel is responding after one of the worst

daughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh

typhoons on record.

was transferred to an Israeli hospital for treatment. The girl, Amal, had been diagnosed with a serious

In the Philippines, the Israeli team set up an emer-

infection of the digestive tract. Unfortunately, there

gency response center in the remote area of Boga City

was little that could be done for the girl, and she was

and, in addition to serving over 2,600 patients with

transferred back to be with her family in the Gaza

basic medical services, was able to restore the eye-

Strip, where she succumbed.

sight of four residents suffering pterygia—a condition


continued on page 15

Media Watch Israel 1. Dramatic finds in excavation outside Jerusalem help trace 10,000 years in human development:

“Here we have evidence of man’s transition to permanent dwellings.”

2. Scholastic, Inc., largest childrens’ book publisher, erases Israel from the map.

3. “Israeli physicist named as VP of Jordanian science institute that counts Iran as member.”


4. Iran continuing work on controversial Arak reactor, despite claims the work violates pact with world



5. “IDF’s Druse battalion prepares for its next clash with Hezbollah” amidst heavy preparations on both


Larry Weber

Israel Committee Insights continued from page 14 Israel’s accomplishments are a tribute to the resolve

in the Jewish teachings of Tikkun Olam. We can be

and the Jewish values demonstrated by its people.

very proud of many of the accomplishments of the

Although not exclusive to Judaism, the work of im-

Jewish State.

proving the human condition is a central message. To be sure, Israel still has formidable challenges to

Rich Tuckman

address, but the Jewish State has in many ways

Chair of the Israel Committee

lived up to the high moral standard emphasized



Breaking Bread with Brotherhood Happy New Year! I write this column in a holiday

Thanks again to Rich Tuckman, Chair of Temple

blur during Chanukah and while I am still enjoying

Isaiah’s Israel Committee and our December speaker.

Thanksgiving leftovers. I hope all your holidays were

Rich gave an enlightening and informative presen-

as enjoyable and as much fun as mine.

tation on Israeli-American relations, the proposed treaty with Iran, media issues, and some of the orga-

While the Bernie Friend Latke Bash will be a dis-

nizations involved in Israeli issues that we don’t hear

tant memory by the time you read this, the smell of

much about.

onions has only recently left my fingers. I want to again thank everyone who shopped, chopped, peeled,

This month’s Brotherhood meeting will take place

grinded, mixed, cooked, served, cleaned, and did

Sunday, January 12th at 9:09 am in the Temple kitch-

everything else to make it go so smoothly.

en. Come have a bagel, meet some of your fellow congregants, and hear about what we’ve got planned.

In addition to the rave reviews we received for the

Better yet, come with ideas about what else we could

latkes, we also collected $110 in donations to stock

do. There are no dues for first-year members.

the Temple Isaiah food pantry and provided four trays of latkes to the residents of Atria, St. James Nurs-

I look forward to seeing in January. As always, if you

ing Home, and the patrons of Our Daily Bread Soup

have any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or comments,

Kitchen. The Latke Bash was already my favorite

please email me at or call me

Brotherhood event, but the fact that we’re able to

at 981-5128 evenings.

help others at the same time makes it even more so. Jay Schoenfeld Brotherhood President

The Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library Our temple library is open one half-hour before each Erev Shabbat Service. If you are available to volunteer, please call Barbara Yarmus at 981-2709.

Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Members of Temple Isaiah’s Social Action Committee and other volunteers staff the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at St. James Catholic Church (429 Route 25A in Setauket). This month’s date is Jan. 12th. Please note the times: set-up will be from 1:15 - 2:00, dinner will be served at 3:00, and all clean-up should be done by 5:00.





We wish a happy secular New Year to all. Sister-

was nervous the first time I participated and hosted,

hood has some great events planned for first half of

but it was very delightful. So don’t be shy—join us!

2014 and Janet and I, along with members of the Sisterhood board, would like to say thank you to all.

In April, we will be celebrating the contributions of

To quote Janet, “Through your continued support of

Miriam during the Exodus with our Miriam’s Seder

Sisterhood and the success of our fall events, Sister-

on Thursday, April 10th. This year, the Seder will be

hood has made a donation to Chai for Chayalim [Life

led by Kate Bennett’s lovely and scholarly daughter

for Soldiers] and a donation for the family our Tem-

Julia. L’Dor vador. You won’t want to miss it. It is

ple supports anonymously….We are fortunate to be

open to all ladies who are Bat Mitzvah-age or older.

able to provide these contributions through your hard

Our Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner and Service will be

work, participation in our events, and your member-

early this year and will be held on Friday, April 25th.

ship. Thank you all.”

Join us for a lovely dinner and beautiful service.

Sisterhood will have a quiet February because many

Spring Rummage Drop-Off will be on Sunday, May

of us travel somewhere fun during Presidents’ Week.

4th. Start saving that stuff, get organized at home,

In March, we will warm up to spring with our Pro-

and help Sisterhood to help our Temple community.

gressive Dinner on Saturday, March 29th. Hosted by

We will cap off the year with our Member Apprecia-

Sisterhood, organized by our own Diane Weitzman,

tion Dinner and Book Group on Wednesday, June

Mona Saidens, and team, it’s a great way to meet

11th. This dinner is free for paid-up members.

other Temple members and have a lovely evening. In a nutshell, the participants are mixed and matched

All Sisterhood members are invited to join us at our

throughout the evening. Groups of participants (gen-

next Sisterhood Board Meeting on Thursday, March

erally six to eight) meet at their assigned first home

20th at 7:15 in room 4. See you there!

for appetizers, then the second assigned home for the main course. We all join up at Temple for dessert

Very Sincerely Yours,

to cap off the evening. From personal experience, I

Paula Bennett Sisterhood Co-President

Chai for Chayalim




Temple Isaiah's Social Action Committee is continuing its commitment to our soldiers. Please help us in our year-long campaign to support the Jewish soldiers overseas.

Won’t you join us by donating $18 for this worthy cause? 17

Goings on in the Youth Group Hello TISBY-ites! It is hard to believe that the school year is halfway

food item which will go straight to our food pantry.

over! We have some amazing events coming up in

Concessions will also be sold. Please spread the

2014, so make sure you keep your eyes and ears

word and attend!

open for more information!

Also, be sure you save the date for TISBY's Youth-

This past month in TISBY was all about giving back.

Led Service: Friday, February 7th at 7pm. The Senior

Two Senior Youth Group members attended NFTY's

Youth Groupers are working extra hard to be sure we

annual Social Action Day. There, these youth grou-

conduct an excellent and meaningful service.

pers participated in different acts of Tikkun Olam.

Among different local social-action programs we had

If you are reading about these wonderful events and

in all three Youth Groups, working in the soup kitchen

are sad you are missing out on the action, it is never

is one of our favorites. Every year, TISBY and many

too late to join TISBY. There are three age groups,

other Temple Isaiah families volunteer for one of

and they meet on Sundays:

Our Daily Bread's largest event. The Sunday before Christmas, hundreds of families come to be served

8th Grade- 11

am-1 pm

a wonderful hot meal, as well as receive a wrapped

5th-7th grade: 1-2:30

gift. It is personally one of my favorite events, and I

9th-12th grade: 5-7



know that it is the favorite of many of you as well.

Come to the lower lobby of the youth building to

This next month, our giving-back theme continues.

check it out!

TISBY is hosting a Family Movie Night on Sunday,

membership to TISBY is now half-off! Don't miss

January 12th at 5pm. We will be showing a family-

out on all of the great events we have planned! If

friendly movie in the social hall. ALL ARE WELCOME!

you have any questions, e-mail me at tiyouthgroup@

The suggested donation, to support Youth Group

Since the year is halfway through,

activities, is $5 per adult and $4 per senior or child under 12.

Along with this small fee, we

ask that each person attending bring a nonperishable

Joanna Schess Youth Group Director

Temple Isaiah Website & Eblasts Our Religious School calendar, service times, meeting times, and all other dates can be found on our website: If you would like to receive our weekly eblast, please contact


Postings from the Parents’ Association Happy 2014! Our next Family Fun Night is our Bingo Night on Saturday January 11th at 6pm. See you then for lots of food, fun, and prizes! Pizza will be served. It’s never too late to join! If you would like to be involved, please e-mail us, Nancy Linden & Ilene Horan, at & We’re the co-chairs of the Parents’ Association and we’re looking forward to meeting you!!!! Our next meeting is January 12th at 9am in Room 9 of the Religious School building.

Story Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat

Musical Tot Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Karol & Eileen Fisher

Led by Cantor Labow

January 10th

January 31st

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old) and their parents are invited to come and share a "Taste of Shabbat" at our bi-weekly Tot Shabbat Services. These services include songs, basic prayers, a story, and an up-close-and-personal experience with the Torah. After we bless the juice and challah at the Oneg Shabbat, each child will receive a mini-challah to take home. What a great way for Temple Isaiah members, relatives, friends, and neighbors to greet Shabbat together.

Youth Group Invites Everyone To a

Family Movie Night On Sunday, January 12th at 5pm Pizza, Popcorn, and Drinks will be sold! Suggested donation to support our Youth Group is $5 per adult and $4 for seniors and children under 12. Also, please bring a nonperishable item for our food pantry. 19


Simchas & Tzures Welcome New Members

Whether you have happy news (simchas) or sad news

Danielle Green & Yang Lu

(tzures), we hope you will share it with us. Rabbi


Karol likes to know about births, engagements,

Mazel Tov to Clara Adelson on the birth of her great-grand children, Atlas & Everley Golgaski Mazel Tov to Linda & Jerry Barancik on the birth of their granddaughter, Amalia Ormond Barancik Mazel Tov to Robin & Ira Koeppel on the birth of their granddaughter, Myla Sydney Koeppel Mazel Tov to Eileen and Harvey Kamil on the birth of their grandson, Tyler Adam Lasher

hospitalizations, sicknesses, or deaths. As hospital


a funeral and have to leave a message with the

weddings, and other happy occasions, as well as

To Robyn DeLuca on the death of her mother, Barbara Stein To David Leonoff on the death of his stepfather, Seymour Resnick To Charles Robbins on the death of his mother, Claire Weil To Janet Hiller on the death of her father, Harry Prus

Sunshine Funds It’s always the "right time" to make a contribution

stays are often short, and hospitals do not call us when you are admitted, please let us know so Rabbi or Cantor can arrange to visit or at least telephone. If you would like him or Rabbi Fisher to officiate at a funeral, please speak to Rabbi Karol before scheduling. Our sanctuary is available for funeral or memorial services. If you call the Temple about answering service, please mention that you are calling regarding a funeral.

Beautification Fund

to your Temple. It might be in honor of a living per-

The purpose of the Beautification Fund is to

son or a recent event, or in memory of someone or

generate money to renovate and beautify our syna-

something, or anything you want. Donations can

gogue. All monies will go into a fund dedicated to

be made over the phone, by email, or through the

this purpose.

USPS. However you send the information, your donation can be added to your monthly Temple Isa-

To assist in this goal, a wall sculpture has been

iah invoice for easy bookkeeping. Sunshine cards

commissioned. This permanent work of art pro-

require a minimum contribution of ten dollars.

vides the opportunity to commemorate your support for Temple Isaiah. Plaques of different

Minimum contribution is $10 Prayer Book: Chumash: Tree of Life Leaf: Pew Plaque: Memorial Board Plaque:

sizes will be available in the following categories: $45 $60 $118 $500 $250

Please call the office for more information regarding the above contributions.

CONTRIBUTOR........ $250 per year for 3 years SPONSOR................. $500 per year for 3 years PATRON................. $1000 per year for 3 years BENEFACTOR......... $2500 per year for 3 years To make a contribution, or if you have any questions, please call the office at 751-8518.


Sunshine Funds & Other Donations Adult Education Fund

Israel Fund

In memory of Barbara Stein Alice Schleifer

In memory of Philip Perman Eileen Baker In memory of Ben & Annie Horowitz The Kamen family

Beautification Fund In memory of Patricia Rosoff Newman Donna & Lloyd Newman In memory of Sylvia Robbins Marion & Theo Pavlidis In memory of Leonard Goldstein Lillian Goldstein In memory of Mary Jane MĂŠgroz Sue Rosenzweig

In memory of Max & Rose Kamenetzky The Kamen family

Music Fund

In memory of Robert Ensler Ivan & Ilene Ensler

In memory of Bernie Friend Barbara, Richard, & Jacob Wright Thank you, Greg Weitzman. A return visit please. Alice Schleifer Thank you, Cantor Labow, for the lovely Shabbaton program Joan Stein In memory of Ray Sarch Barbara & Richard Wright Happy Birthday to Richard Wright Barbara & Jacob Wright Happy Birthday to Jacob Wright Barbara & Richard Wright

Fund to Feed the Hungry

Oneg Fund

In memory of Milton Schiff Iris & David Schiff In memory of Irving Ribner Marge & Bert Feldstein In memory of Murray Aaron Weber Lawrence Weber In memory of Herman Friedman Helen Schlachter In memory of Lee Wortman Marlene Rocks In memory of Helene Snow Stacy Slevin In memory of Rosaline Sterman Elise Frank & George Sterman In memory of Bernard Behrendt The Kamen family In memory of Charles & Grace Bravata The Kamen family

In honor of Arlene & Ed Cohen on their 50th Anniversary Essie & Mark Freilach In honor of our grandson, Benjamin Verby, becoming a Bar Mitzvah Marjorie & Stanley Verby A donation from the Walters family

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund Mazel Tov to Suzan & Fred Goldhaber on the birth of their granddaughter, Yara Esther Carole-Ann Gordon

Cantor Trachtenberg Landscape Fund


Joseph Karol Youth Scholarship Fund

Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library In memory of Murray Arrian Shelley, Howard, Rachel, & David Fleit In memory of Taibi Weisberg Gladys Rothbell Mazel Tov to Linda & Jerry Barancik on the birth of their granddaughter, Amalia Ormond Barancik Barbara & Jerry Fine; Barbara Goldberg; Iris & David Schiff

Sunshine Funds & Other Donations Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library


In memory of Evelyn Jaffe Marion & Theo Pavildis Mazel Tov to Suzan & Fred Goldhaber on the birth of their granddaughter, Yara Esther Judy Albano Mazel Tov to Eileen & Harvey Kamil on the birth of their grandson, Tyler Adam Judy Albano Mazel Tov to Robin & Ira Koeppel on the birth of their granddaughter, Myla Sydney Gloria & Mark Snyder In memory of Glenn Orenstein Betsy & Joel Ziegler

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund In memory of Norman Gabrielsen Suzanne Gabrielsen In memory of Edith Karelis Richard Karelis In memory of David Block Rose Block In memory of Kermit Gitter Arlene Gitter Happy Birthday to Rabbi Karol Eileen & Joe Donnelly In memory of George Rosenthal Paul Rosenthal

URJ Camp Scholarship Fundy (cont.) In memory of Joseph Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman In memory of Fay Kaminsky Diane & Stephen Weitzman In memory of Jerry Kaminsky Diane & Stephen Weitzman

Youth Group Fund In honor of Ava Sirotkin, David Rotunno, & Devin Rotunno becoming B’nai Mitzvah Sisterhood In memory of Lenore Cohen Shari Cohen Countess Mazel Tov to Linda & Jerry Barancik on the birth of their granddaughter, Amalia Ormond Barancik Abe Trenk Mazel Tov to the parents of Jacob Trenk as he turned one… and took his first steps four days later Abe Trenk

Religious School Fund In memory of Fanny Gerber Marlene Rocks In memory of Israel Gerber Marlene Rocks

Tikkun Olam Fund In memory of Mina Cymerman The Cymerman Family

URJ Camp Scholarship Fund In memory of Ida Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman



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B’nai Mitzvah January 2014 Ava Sirotkin on January 11th

Daughter of Howard Sirotkin & Susan Malkiel

David & Devin Rotunno on January 18th Children of Kevin & Jennifer Rotunno

Siman Tov & Mazel Tov To All!

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Temple Isaiah's January 2014 Bulletin