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Please Join Us on Friday, January 29th as Temple Isaiah Welcomes Guest Speaker

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

President of the Union for Reform Judaism

Temple Isaiah Bulletin A Volume 51, Issue 5 A January 2016

Member Union for Reform Judaism

January 2016 / Tevet - Shevat 5776 Sunday


Friday Ushers 1 Rosofsky 8 Steinweis & Weitzman 15 Sterne 22 Schiff 29 Countess

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Saturday Ushers 9 Sterne



6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service New Year’s Day Office closed


Candles: 4:20 4:30-6:30 pm Religious School

No Religious School

3 Religious School Youth Group 9:09 am Brthrhd Mtg @ Kitchen 9-11 am Town Hall RS Mtg 10:30-11:45 am Tanakh Study

4 4:30-6:30 pm Religious School

10 No Religious School

4:30-6:30 pm Religious School


7-9 pm Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class

5 4:30-6:30 pm Religious School 2 pm Book Discussion Group @ Rm 5 8 pm Religious School Bd Mtg @ Cindy’s House


6 7:30 pm Sisterhood Mtg




Candles: 4:28

7-9 pm Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class

Candles: 4:36

2 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Torah Study 10 am Shabbat Morning Service Hannah Lambert Bat Mitzvah 6 pm PA Bingo Night @ Social Hall

5 pm Tot Shabbat 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service / Board Installation

7-9 pm Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class


4:30-6:30 pm Religious School

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Office Closed

7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Family Service

8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Torah Study 10 am Shabbat Morning Service


7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service

9 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Torah Study 10 am Shabbat Morning Service

16 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Torah Study 10 am Shabbat Morning Service

17 Religious School 9:30 am PA Mtg @ Kitchen 10:30-11:45 am Tanakh Study 5 pm Tu B’Shevat Family Seder


Religious School 1:30 pm Renaissance Club @ Social Hall 10:30-11:45 am Tanakh Study


18 2 pm Book Discussion Group @ Rm 5 4:30-6:30 pm Religious School



20 7-9 pm Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class

4:30-6:30 pm Religious School




Candles: 4:42


6 pm Shabbat Dinner 7:30 PM Musical Shabbat Service/ Rabbi Rick Jacobs


Candles: 4:51


23 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Torah Study 10 am Shabbat Morning Service

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Rabbi Rabbi Sobel Sobel ‘s ‘s Reflections Reflections Temple Isaiah’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues! Happy New Year!

new “green” sanctuary, one of only a handful of Jewish

As we welcome 2016, Temple Isaiah continues to

houses of worship in the nation to carry this designation.

celebrate our 50th Golden Anniversary. We are so thrilled

Prior to his tenure at WRT, Rabbi Jacobs served the

that our celebrations will continue on Friday, January

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, where he founded and

29th as we welcome the President of the Union for

co-directed the first synagogue-based homeless shelter



in New York City. He was ordained in 1982 by Hebrew

American body), Rabbi Rick Jacobs, to our Erev Shabbat

Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)

service as our guest speaker.

in New York. Deeply committed to the State of Israel,





We’ll begin the evening with our warm and haimish Shabbat pot-luck dinner (we’ll provide the chicken and challah – please see page 9 for details). We know you won’t want to miss what promises to be a very special evening!

Rabbi Jacobs has studied for two decades at Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute, where he is now a senior rabbinic fellow. Rabbi Jacobs is a product of the Reform Movement, and has held numerous leadership posts within the URJ, the CCAR, ARZA and WUPJ. He also has served on the

Rabbi Rick Jacobs is one of the most powerful liberal

boards of Jewish organizations in the community-at-large,

forces in North American Jewish life. The URJ leads

including American Jewish World Service, UJA-Fed-

the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North

eration of New York, and, since its inception in 1996,

America, with almost 900 congregations reaching nearly

Synagogue 2000 and its successor, Synagogue 3000.

1.5 million people. For nearly 150 years, the URJ has been at the forefront in promoting an open, progressive Judaism.

Dedicated to global social justice issues, Rabbi Jacobs was part of a delegation that assessed disaster response following Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010. He

The URJ’s programs and communities inspire more and

also observed the plight of Darfur refugees as part of an

more people—from children to seniors—to explore what

international humanitarian mission to the Chad-Darfur

it means to be Jewish, pursue justice around the world,

border area in 2005, and in 2009, participated in an

and forge stronger ties to Israel.

annual conference of Muslim and Christian leaders, held in Qatar, designed to build understanding between the

A longtime and devoted creative change agent, Rabbi

West and the Muslim world.

Jacobs spent 20 years as a dynamic, visionary spiritual leader at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) in Scars-

Rabbi Jacobs and his wife Susan K. Freedman have

dale, New York. During his tenure, he reshaped

three children: Aaron, David and Sarah.

communal worship, transformed the congregation into a community of lifelong learners, and strengthened the synagogue’s commitment to vibrancy and inclusion. Under Rabbi Jacobs’ leadership, WRT completed a


A Musical Note from the Cantor Focusing On A Relevant Future Over the last few months, many members of the Temple

and bulletin, every member of Temple Isaiah has been

have participated in informal focus groups. These groups

invited to participate in a Town Hall meeting that will

have taken place in the back of our sanctuary, our Oneg

provide the information needed for the strategic plan-

following Shabbat services, in the foyer, in the parking lot

ning process for our Religious School.

both before and after meetings. I would like to think of these conversations as part of an ongoing strategic plan-

I want you to know I believe this, and I’ll tell you why.

ning process. Focus groups are the first step in allowing

It should come as no surprise that Temple Isaiah is not

members of the Temple to meet each other. What I’ve

the congregation or the Religious School you first came

learned above all is that now, more than ever, we need

to know thirty years ago. In fact, it is not the same when

each other. We need to know that we matter here, that

you joined twenty, ten, or even one year ago. The world

we are welcome here. However, if those conversations

changes, the community changes, and people change.

are the end of the story, then we have all been cheated. Clearly, those conversations are only the beginning of a

The founders of Temple Isaiah were different than the

process of introspection and planning, and only the first

majority of those now active or enrolled in our Religious

step in creating opportunities for relationship building.

School. Our founders were of a generation that valued institutional loyalty, and who felt an obligation to sustain

A wonderful rabbinic tale teaches that when King Solo-

and maintain Jewish institutions and philanthropies.

mon built the Temple, he installed two gates at either end, so that as people entered from opposite ends of the

The generation now joining synagogues, if they join at

Temple court and circled through it, they would meet

all, is described by scholars, commentators and mem-

face to face, talk, and learn about the goings-on in each

bers of the Religious School Committee, as “consumers”

other’s lives. And “when the Temple was no more,” the

obtaining what they need when they need it and then

midrash concludes, “they would go to the synagogues

moving on to something else.


I say this not to be critical, but, rather, to challenge us

In an article, “Synagogue Renewal in an Age of Extreme

to think about how to best meet the needs of more than

Choice,” Rabbi Chayim Herring refers to a model known

325 “membership units” in which 140 Religious School

as the “Third Place.” First place is home and the second

families, spanning generations and different back-

place is work, the third place is where people go to

grounds, come to us for a variety of reasons.

participate socially and meaningfully. Our Temple and Religious School is the ‘Third Place” and has always been a relevant, supportive and an authentic community of sharing, listening and learning.

A Rabbi and mentor of mine says, “any institution that remains static in its thinking soon becomes irrelevant.” I want Temple Isaiah to be a House of God, to be relevant and play a meaningful role in the lives of our families.

Buber taught, “All real living is meeting.” Your experi-

I want our Religious School to be a house of Torah

ences and stories mean something to me, and I want

and Avodah, where children and adults engage in the

you to share them. As you know from our weekly e-mails

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Sustaining Members & Friends of Temple Isaiah 2015 Please help us to maintain Temple Isaiah as a house of worship, a house of learning, and a house of assembly by becoming a Sustaining Member in 2016. It is here where you celebrate life-cycle events, and it is here where you will find support when you need it. It is with your strong financial support that Temple Isaiah will continue to provide education, worship services, and support for people who are experiencing loss, crisis, or illness. Please join our growing list of Sustaining Members!


Platinum Chai ($5,400 or above) Golden Chai ($3,600-$5,399) Silver Chai ($1,800-$3,599) Circle of Enrichment ($1,018- $1,799)


Circle of Growth ($540-$1,017) Circle of Hope ($360-$539) Chaverim ($180-$359) Mitzvah Partner ($118-$179) Chai or Multiple ($36-$117)

A Musical Note from the Cantor continued from page 4 incredible opportunity of acquiring Jewish knowledge at

what you need from the Temple leadership and from your

every level. Above all, I want our Temple to be a place

fellow congregants. There are, of course, risks in asking

where we gather, engage our Jewish values of Tzedakah,

questions because sometimes there are answers that are

and work together towards Tikkun Olam.

difficult to hear, but this is a risk we must take in order

In order for Temple Isaiah to be these things, we need to

to plan effectively.

understand what our members need in 2016. We need

For me, the most important outcome from this process

to understand the ways our families who are enrolled in

will come from the personal connections so many want

our Religious School have changed over the past decade.

and need. Those of you I’ve spoken with were clear in

By change I don’t mean demographics, but how people

your desire for connections, for community. The work we

have changed. We need to understand what motivates

do together now will help to create a path to a meaningful

people to join our congregation and enroll their children

and relevant future for Temple Isaiah and our Religious

in our Religious School, and what will motivate them to


become actively involved. We need to understand how we can make Judaism meaningful not just for our children, but for parents and grandparents, as well. How will we get the information we need to make in-

Please don’t let this opportunity go by, be part of this important endeavor. Let us hear from you so that Temple Isaiah and our Religious School can move into a bright and meaningful future.

formed decisions about what Temple Isaiah and our Religious School can do to ensure a meaningful future?

Cantor-Educator Scott Harris

We will listen to you, so we can, hopefully, understand


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President’s Report A Holy Congregation Happy New Year! I look forward to serving as President

As I became more involved, I began to see things, ask

of our congregation as Temple Isaiah begins its next

questions and try to make things better. This is every-

50 years. I’ve served on the Board of Directors for the

one’s responsibility, whether you bring your children to

past four years, most recently as Brotherhood President.

Hebrew School, take a class, come to services, serve on

When I first joined Temple Isaiah, it was mostly so my

a committee, etc. Temple Isaiah is not just a place or a

son could become Bar Mitzvah. I had no expectation of

building, it’s the sum of all our inputs, efforts and expe-

being on the Board, let alone being President someday.

riences. Some refer to this as a kehilla kedusha, a holy

My experience as a new member was typical. Your child starts Hebrew school. Maybe you go to services, a little

congregation. But it’s really the congregation, all of us together, that create the holiness.

unsure of the routine at first, or not knowing or remem-

One of the things that makes Temple Isaiah special to

bering the Hebrew. Having grown up in a Conservative

me is how so many people with varying interests and at

congregation, it was comforting to find enough of the

different stages of life can come together, find or develop

service in English that I could participate. If you come

some common ground by sharing experiences together,

a few times, you will catch on and it will become famil-

and feel welcome and comfortable here. The relation-

iar. Then when I was standing by myself at the Oneg,

ships that develop from shared communal experiences

some friendly people came over to me and introduced

with others are truly special. I hope that everyone takes

themselves. We would talk and I would then seek them

advantage of the opportunities that belonging to Temple

out at subsequent services, or vice versa. Or they would

Isaiah provides. By doing so, you will help make Temple

introduce me to other people.

Isaiah better and strengthen our kehilla kedusha.

I also joined Brotherhood, since it was free for new

Along with the Board of Trustees, I look forward to work-

Temple members. (Sisterhood has the same offer. It’s

ing with you in the year ahead to make Temple Isaiah

a shame that so few people take advantage of it). In

better. If you have any thoughts, ideas, questions, or

Brotherhood, I met other people, some who had children

concerns, feel free to contact me at tekuates@yahoo.

in Religious school and others who didn’t. Then, after

com or at 981-5128 evenings.

a short time, the Secretary resigned and someone suggested I take his place. Since no one else wanted to do it, I got the job. Being Brotherhood Secretary ultimately

Jay Schoenfeld President

led to my joining the Temple Board as Recording Secretary, the person responsible for the minutes of the Board meetings.

Temple Isaiah 2016 Long-Term Planning Committee If you are interested in joining our Planning Committee, please contact Rich Tuckman at


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The Ensler Family Jason Lauren Rebecca

The Leonoff Family Matthew Rachel The Lowitt Family Eli Gary Randi Raymond Ross Seth Sharon

The Proothi Family Benjamin Jackson The Rosenzweig Family Clara Emma Harrison Jacob The Sama Family Hope Lily Rebecca The Sanabia Family Michael Naomi


The Donnelly Family Audrey Brianna Emma Isaiah Joshua Oliver

The Fastenberg Family Dylan Nathan Samuel

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The Baum Family Ethan Jordan


The Shulder Family Alex Alexa David Ethan Jillian The Sobel Family Heather Marie Katherine Nicole Makis Jules Samanth Lynn Sarah Melissa Sydney Gabriella Xavier George Zoe Elizabeth The Steinweis Family Brooke Scarlett

The Weiser Family Carly Elliot Jaden Julia Lana Leo Sela


Temple Isaiah’s 50th Golden Anniversary Celebration Continues! Please Join Us as We Welcome


President, Union for Reform Judaism As our Guest Speaker

Friday, January 29th

Congregational Potluck Dinner 6:00 pm $5/person; $18/family Sign up at: Password: TI Shabbat Coordinator: Gentile (Please also rsvp to

We’ll provide the chicken, congregants provide everything else!

Erev Shabbat Musical Service 7:30 pm Music by our Klezmer band

The Chai Notes Guest Speaker:

Rabbi Rick Jacobs Celebratory Oneg to Follow! 9

Media Watch Israel Israel’s Moral Imperative 1. “US-Israel defense cooperation goes both ways,” Pentagon says: ways-Pentagon-says-432072 2. Legislative “Push for New York to Cut Ties with Israel Boycotters Gains Momentum.” 3. Due to EU’s new settlement labeling guidelines, Israeli PM temporarily suspends diplomatic contact with

EU representatives re: M.E. peace process, pending reevaluation. diplomatic-ties-with-EU-institutions-435750 4. US Secretary of State warns that if the Palestinian Authority collapses, Israel will become a bi-national country. TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-11-02-11-08-23 5. Recap of history of ill-fated alliances chosen by successive Palestinian Arab leaderships.

Larry Weber

Triad Concert Series If you are interested in baking for a concert in March, April or May 2016, please contact Paula Plotkin at (631) 902-1584 or


Ritual Committee Report The Misheberach List In order to keep the Misheberach list recited at our services current and up to date, Temple Isaiah has revised its policy: The Misheberach list will now be refreshed in the middle of the year and at the end of the year. Temple members who wish to keep their loved ones’ names on the list need only call or email the Temple office every six months, in June and January of each year. Congregants will be publicly reminded through Temple emails and the bulletin when the renewal date is coming up. Of course, names can be added at any time. If you have any questions about this revised policy, please feel free to contact the temple at administrator@


from the

Caring Committee

Please Help Us Help Those In Need Temple Isaiah’s newly re-invigorated Caring Committee has identified three priorities for our work for this coming year: 1. To offer comfort and support during times of death, shiva, bereavement 2. To assist and support those who are experiencing illness and those who are elderly 3. To connect with our Temple Isaiah College/University students We invite you to join us in the mitzvah of caring for others. Please watch this space in upcoming bulletins and eblasts for more information regarding the Caring Committee and our work! We will be offering a Shiva Minyan Leader Training Workshop, Visiting the Sick Training and more! Suzanne Dulin & Preston Schoenfeld, Caring Committee Co-Chairs

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. Our next meeting is Sunday, January 31st at 1:30 pm. Please call Lillian Goldstein at 862-1747 for more information.


Shmoozing With Sisterhood Coming Soon: Trace Your Ancestry & Mahjongg Sisterhood wishes our Temple Isaiah community and request an invitation

a very happy and healthy 2016! Sisterhood would

to join “TI Sisterhood’s Google Group.” You must

like to extend our warmest thanks and appreciation

respond to the invitation within a certain period of

to outgoing TI President, Dean Rosenzweig, for his

time or it will expire and you must e-mail another

dedication and service. It’s been a great year. Sister-


hood wishes a very heart felt Mazel Tov to our new TI President, Jay Schoenfeld. We look forward to working with you.

You do not have to be a Sisterhood member to join the Google group, everyone is welcome. We always

Our December Paint Party was a smash!

post reminders for meetings and events on this site.

Everyone who attended our December paint party had

Also, keep an eye out on Temple Isaiah’s website for

a grand old time. Veronica from MD Design Studio

Sisterhood – our activities are posted there as well.

was a really good teacher and everyone who partici-

Our meetings and events are open to all. Our first

pated, created and took home a masterpiece!

two events of 2016 will be working on family histo-

If you have not yet had a chance to join TI Sisterhood because your fall schedule was too busy, our

ries (January) and learning the basics of Mah Jongg (February).

mailings. Join us… you’ll be glad you did! We have


some really nice events planned for winter/spring

Sunday, January 24th 10-11:30 am in the Social Hall

2016. Also, if you are not receiving e-mails about

Want to start a family tree or work on furthering your

membership form will be out in the January Temple

TI Sisterhood events and would like to, please send an e-mail with your name to Paula Bennett:

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on in the

Youth Group

Service, Celebration & Fun! What an AMAZING 2015 TISBY has had!!! We have done so many exciting things from Gaga for Gaga! to Chopped! and of course our hours in the game room! 2016 has even more to look forward to! This month alone we will hold a Lip Sync Battle and create Israel from ice cream and our favorite toppings! The seniors will also be meeting with former TISBY alums to catch up with old friends and to find out all they will need to know about Jewish life on today’s campuses, and other tips for college! 2016 promises to be a fun-packed and busy schedule of wonderful events! Save the Date: March 11th is the Youth Led Service! TISBY members and TI religious students of all ages will be participating! Can’t wait to see you there! Temple Isaiah Youth Group Director Emily Gergen




continued from page 12 family’s genealogy research? Meredith Kaye-Tierney

Here’s your chance! Pam and helpers will introduce

will teach you how the internet can help! Find out her

you to the “ins and outs” of Chows, Pungs and Kongs

secrets to successful searching and resources. We’ll

to make winning hands playing a few tutorial rounds.

sign into Wi-Fi to work on individual family trees.

Bagels, fortune cookies, coffee and Chinese tea will

There will be time to do some original research and

be served. Bring a game set if you have one. You

get expert hands-on assistance. Bring a laptop or

must RSVP to the Temple Office 751-8518, or Pam

tablet if you have one. Space is limited to the first 18

Diamond, or Paula Bennett,

participants, so please register early. You must RSVP by Wednesday February

to the Temple Office 751-8518, to Paula Bennett

3rd. There is a $3 registration fee for this event to, or to Eileen Donnelly

cover costs. for this event. Coffee, bagels and instructional handouts provided.



in the Social

Hall (Snow-Date: Sunday February 28th) Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the American version of this ancient Chinese game?

We hope you’ll join us for another Winter/Spring season. It’s going to be great! Very Sincerely Yours, Paula Bennett and Eileen Donnelly TI Sisterhood Co-Presidents and


Parents’ Association

Family B ingo N ight Saturday, January 9th 6-8 pm

There will be

B ingo , P izza , R efreshments and L ots of F un P rizes for the K ids ! Please bring a non-perishable food item for the pantry. Cost: $1 per Bingo Card Please RSVP to Alison by 1/4/16 at 14

It’s Tu B’Shevat

Celebrate the New Year of the Trees! January 15th at 5 pm Join Rabbi Sharon Sobel and Cantor Scott Harris for

A Special Tu B’Shevat Project

Music, Story and Shabbat Celebration! Children Ages 0-5 (feel free to invite your parents and siblings to join you!)

Challah, Juice, Fun and Friends

Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Members of Temple Isaiah’s Social Action Committee help staff Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at St. James Catholic Church (429 Route 25A in Setauket). Each Sunday afternoon, dinner is provided to over 100 adults and children, by teams of volunteers working on a rotating schedule. Although housed at St. James Parish, the group itself comprises participants from various community faith-based groups and organizations. Volunteers in this organization serve in a variety of ways, including food planning, cooking, serving and cleanup, as well as providing transportation, supervision of the nursery area, pantry and clothing distribution. To help with this mitzvah, please call our Temple office, or contact: Joyce Bonitch at (631) 941-2731 Where/When: Sundays at 3:00


in the church basement.


The Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library Among the many new books in the library is, “Doomed to Succeed,” by Dennis Ross. Ross served as a Middle East advisor in many administrations both Republican and Democratic. His book details America’s relationship with Israel in each of them since Truman. It is an eye opener about the inner workings of American diplomacy, as well as the way that Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world dealt with various issues and events. In addition to books, the library has received a large donation of DVDs including dramas, comedies and documentaries that deal with Judaism and/or Jewish values, from Arnie and Honey Katz. Arnie, a film buff, showed “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” which is one of the best films of Jewish interest ever shown, and gave a wonderful commentary on it. We hope to have more such programs in the future. Finally, the library was pleased to host the introduction of a new collection of stories called “Jewish Noir” edited by Ken Wishnia. I have a story in this fine collection. Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Please note: Our Temple library is open one half-hour before each Erev Shabbat Service.

As You Journey Through Bereavement A Support Group Can Help Our Group Meets Weekly on Thursdays from 7 - 8:30 pm New 8 Week Sessions to Follow

Free of Charge Unitarian Universalist Fellowship • 380 Nicolls Rd. in East Setauket • Call 631-751-0297 to register 16

Adult Education RSVP to Penny for all courses:

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Every Saturday: 8:30 am – 9:30 am Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel No RSVP necessary Join the lively discussion as we study the Hebrew Bible, line-by-line, phrase-byphrase. No prior knowledge is necessary. Newcomers are always welcome! Coffee and a light breakfast are provided. Great friends, food and conversation!

Adult Education

“Temple Isaiah Reads” Book Discussion Groups Daytime Group: Monday, January 25h at 2 pm

Adult Bar/Bat Mitvah & Confirmation Class

Thursdays: 7 – 9 pm. (already in session, new registrants are welcome!) Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel This is a Two-Year program for all who have: • Never celebrated becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a teenager (for any reason) • For anyone who was never called to the Torah • For anyone who would like to learn Hebrew and more about Jewish practice/observance and belief • For those who HAVE celebrated Bar/Bat Mitzvah but would like to learn more! • For those who are not Jewish and would like to increase their Jewish knowledge This is a wonderful opportunity to bond with fellow congregants and engage with our tradition in deep and meaningful ways. Yearly Fee to cover Hebrew Instruction, Books and Materials: $500.00/year (limited financial assistance is available to those in need. Please speak with Rabbi Sobel in confidence). Contact Rabbi Sobel directly if you are interested in joining:

Early Morning Study with Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Tuesday Mornings: 6:30 – 7:30 am

Tanakh Study with Rabbi Stephen Karol

Sunday Mornings: 10:30 am – 11:45 am Location: Jefferson’s Ferry in South Setauket. Card Room on Second Floor. This year, we will be reading and discussing two of the most important yet unknown books in the Hebrew Bible—Ezra and Nehemiah. More than anyone else, these two men were responsible for the reestablishment of a Jewish presence in Jerusalem after the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian Exile. Without their policies and influence, there is no telling what would have happened to our ancestors during that crucial period in Jewish history. We are still affected by their accomplishments— especially when we read the Torah in public. All you need for Tanakh Study are a copy of the English translation of the Hebrew Bible and the willingness to share your interpretations of the text. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous experience with studying the Bible are not prerequisites.


Co mm e mo rate a Spe ci a l Eve nt a t Tem pl e I sa i a h

We Have so Many Reasons to Celebrate Together! A The Birth of a Child or Grandchild A A Bris or Baby Naming A A Bar or Bat Mitzvah A A Confirmation or Graduation A An Engagement A A Marriage and More... All are Excellent Occasions to

Sponsor an Oneg Whether in Honor of a Special Occasion or a Special Someone, Your Sponsorship is a Mitzvah Your Temple Family will Greatly Appreciate. Please call the Temple office at 751-8518 for details or email Penny at


Tu B'Shevat The New Year of Trees The New Year of Trees Sunday, January 24th

Sunday, January 24th Seder: 5 pm Dinner: 5:45 pm Conclusion of Seder: 6:30 pm Come celebrate and observe the Birthday of Trees at our Tu B’Shevat Family Seder for children and adults

Seder: 5 PM Dinner: 5:45 PMTu B’Shevat Seder Please Join Us at Our Annual Conclusion of Seder: 6:30 PM for the Entire Family This beautiful seder involves tasting many kinds of fruits, wines (juice for children) along with readings, songs and poetry. We will celebrate the bounty that will come with spring and plant parsley to take home to be used later at Passover. Details: • • • •

Please bring your own Kosher-style dinner (no shellfish, pork products, or dairy-meatcombinations). Dessert, coffee, wine, fruit, and challah will be provided. Cost: $5 per person/$18 per family. A portion of this donation will go to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Reservations for the Tu B'Shevat Seder must be received by January 20th. RSVP to Penny at

Name ______________________________ Email Address: ________________________ Cell Phone _______________________ # Attending ________ Amount Enclosed __________


Simchas & Tzures Whether you have happy news (simchas) or sad

If you would like one of our rabbis to officiate

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

at a funeral, please speak to Rabbi Sobel before

Rabbi Sobel likes to know about births, engage-

scheduling. Our sanctuary is available for funeral

ments, weddings, and other happy occasions, as

or memorial services. If you call the Temple about

well as hospitalizations, sicknesses, or deaths.

a funeral and have to leave a message with the

Please let us know of any hospitalizations, so

answering service, please mention that you are

Rabbi or Cantor can arrange to visit, or at least

calling regarding a funeral.




A To Barbara Yarmus on the death of her husband A To June and Steve Hoffman on the birth of their

Robert Yarmus.

twin grandchildren Kira Lillian & Tyce Harold,

A To Adam Mandelbaum on the death of his

son & daughter of Brian & Daniella Hoffman.

A To Janis and Mark Studin on the birth of their

grandmother Nathalie Bernstein

Welcome New Members A

granddaughter Ava Drew.

Woody Goldstein

Sunshine Funds

Beautification Fund

It’s always the "right time" to make a contribution to your Temple. It might be in honor of a living person or a recent event, or in memory of someone or something, or anything you want. Donations can be made over the phone, by email, or through the USPS. However you send the information, your donation can be added to your monthly Temple Isaiah invoice for easy bookkeeping. Sunshine cards require a minimum contribution of ten dollars.

The purpose of the Beautification Fund is to generate money to renovate and beautify our synagogue. All monies will go into a fund dedicated to this purpose.

Minimum contribution is $10 Prayer Book: $45 Chumash: $60 Tree of Life Leaf: $118 Pew Plaque: $500 Memorial Board Plaque: $250 Please call the office for more information regarding the above contributions.

To assist in this goal, a wall sculpture has been commissioned. This permanent work of art provides the opportunity to commemorate your support for Temple Isaiah. Plaques of different sizes will be available in the following categories: 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

In memory of Rose Racer Fran & Harvey Robinson In honor of Allison & Vladimir Smagin’s wedding

Beautification Fund In memory of Beatrice Flinker Lillian Goldstein

Camp Fund In In In In

memory of Fay Kaminsky Diane & Stephen Weitzman memory of Jerry Kaminsky Diane & Stephen Weitzman memory of Ida Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman memory of Joseph Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman

Fund to Feed the Hungry In In In In In

memory of Mina Cymerman Diane & Jerome Cymerman memory of Samuel Mehrman Marion & Theo Pavlides memory of Sylvia Robbins Marion & Theo Pavlides memory of Milton Schiff David Schiff memory of Max Racer Fran & Harvey Robinson

Israel Fund

In memory of Taibi Weisberg Gladys & Sheldon Rothbell

Landscape Fund

In memory of Robert Yarmus Perri & Larry Lieblich

Music Fund

In memory of Alexander Ferris Cheryl & Jerrold Hirsch In memory of Esther Kaplan Barbara & Bruce Meyer In honor of Stephen Goldstein Ilene & Ivan Ensler Myra & Alan Rosofsky

Rabbi Karol Youth Lounge Fund In memory of Jack Flinker Lillian Goldstein Thank you for the beautiful service Allison Aldrich & Vladimir Smagin

Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library In memory of Bob Yarmus Claire Baer Eileen & Joe Donnelly Ilene & Ivan Ensler Barbara & Jerry Fine Essie & Mark Freilach Honey & Arnie Katz Tina Dunayer & Harold Guberman Marion & Theo Pavlides Joan Korins & Dan Stenzler Myra & Alan Rosofsky Amy & Mort Rosen Gloria & Mark Snyder Cherie & Michael Trachtenberg Bonnie & Steve Katz

Rabbi Sobel’s Discretionary Fund In In In In In In In In In

memory of Irene Harris David Harris memory of Florence Lucas David Harris memory of David Block Block family memory of Philip Perman Eileen Baker memory of Malka Perman Eileen Baker memory of Kermit Gitter Ellen Koenig memory of Julius Katz Honey & Arnie Katz memory of Rose Katz Honey & Arnie Katz memory of Anne Siegelman Doris & Leo Dvorken

Special Projects Fund In memory of George Rosenthal Paul Rosenthal

Tikkun Olam Fund In memory of Murray Kamen The Kamen Family

Vivian Kohn Fund

In memory of Frank Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman

Youth Group Fund In memory of Leo Ziegler Betsy & Joel Ziegler



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Dr. Kneessy

Dr. Adler

Dr. Coccaro

179 Belle Meade Road, East Setauket, NY 11733


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Randy DeStefano Managing Partner of Nesconset Bagel Cafe

(516) 971-8035 Old fashioned hand-rolled, water kettled & baked to perfection A tradition since 1986 248 Smithtown Blvd. Nesconset, NY 11767

(631) 366-2362 (P) (631) 366-2363 (F)



Office (631) 751-0196 Cell (631) 807-7162

Bernice Kornfield Premisler LCSW Psychotherapist 764 RT. 25A SETAUKET, NY 11733

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B’nai Mitzvah January 2016 Hannah Lambert January 9th

Daughter of Abby & Philip Lambert

Siman Tov & Mazel Tov To All!

Rabbi—Sharon L. Sobel

Parents' Association Co-Chairs—Nancy Linden

Cantor-Educator––Scott Harris

& Ilene Horan

Temple President—Jay Schoenfeld

Youth Group Advisor—Emily Gergen

Sisterhood Co-Presidents—Paula Bennett

Youth Group President—Rebecca Schneider

& Eileen Donnelly

Rabbi Emeritus—Stephen A. Karol

Brotherhood President—Alan Fisher

Rabbi Emeritus—Adam D. Fisher Cantor Emeritus—Michael F. Trachtenberg

Temple Isaiah A 1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790 (631) 751- 8518 A A Bulletin designed by Gary Kamen and edited by Adam Mandelbaum

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