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L’Dor V’Dor From Generation To Generation

Temple Isaiah Bulletin A Volume 52, Issue 3 A Jan / Feb 2017

Member Union for Reform Judaism

January 2017 / Tevet - Shevat / 5777 Sunday

Monday New Year’s Day observed Office Closed


No Relig School



9 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Office Closed Board of Trustees Mtg 7:30 pm




4 Religious School Committee Mtg Temple Library 8 pm

Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm



24 Religious School 4:30-6:30 pm


5 Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm





Shir Joy Musical Erev Shabbat Service 6 pm Pre-neg 5:30 pm

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

Candles: 4:20


Candles: 4:42


Candles: 4:36


Candles: 4:51

14 Shabbat Morning Torah Study 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service 10 am Paint Nite 7 pm


Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm


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

Tot Shabbat 5:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm



Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm

Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 pm


Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm

Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Religious School 9 am - 12 pm Brotherhood Mtg 9:09 am Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 pm


Wednesday Thursday

Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Religious School 9 am - 12 pm Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 pm



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



Friday Ushers 6 Snyder 13 Weiser 20 Adler 27 Lieblich

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Rabbi Rabbi Sobel Sobel ‘s ‘s Reflections Reflections Temple Isaiah Returns from Chanukah in Israel Happy New Year! I write this one week prior to our Temple Isaiah intergenerational Chanukah trip to Israel, and you’ll be receiving this just as we return back home. We’ll be a wonderful group of 27 participants, crossing the generational spectrum from teens to our 80s, who have already started to bond over the prospect of our shared journey to our Jewish homeland together. Taking a trip of this kind is not really a “trip” – it’s a journey, a spiritual pilgrimage, where the time shared is transformed into a sacred time together, creating life-long bonds that will impact our lives in deep and meaningful ways. On our journey, we have people for whom this is the first time they have set foot on Israeli soil. For others, it has been a very long time since their last visit. And for others, they have travelled to Israel many times. Our journey is designed to optimize our experience so that everyone,

wonders and miracles both ancient and modern, as our own spirits and souls are stirred. (We will also celebrate our first Shabbat in Modi’in, where the Maccabees made their base during the time leading up to their victory). Our hearts ached a few weeks ago, as fires raged throughout the north and destroyed communities in both the Jewish and Arab villages in Israel. We plan on visiting these communities, seeing how they were affected by these devastating fires, and witnessing first-hand how Arab and Jewish Israelis worked in partnership to alleviate the flames, to offer hospitality and aid, and are now working together to rebuild. We look forward to hiking, exploring, learning, praying, asking questions, laughing, cying, eating, and engaging with the Israeli Reform Movement, where we will learn about the political situation, search for answers, and make new friends.

from first-time visitor to seasoned visitor, will gain insight

Along the way, we will create powerful memories, forge

and inspiration.

each of our Jewish identities and strengthen our con-

On our journey, Steven Budnick, who became Bar Mitzvah at Temple Isaiah this past July, will celebrate his Jewish commitment again in Jerusalem, by reading Torah with a second Bar Mitzvah celebration at the Southern part of the Western Wall. When we celebrate Chanukah, we speak of the spirit of the Maccabees, who fought for the right of the Jewish people’s religious freedom. The lights of Chanukah

nections to our religion, to our people, and to Israel throughout the future. My hope is that everyone who shares this experience will encourage others to visit Israel, to make this journey, and will want to return again. We hope you will explore our group blog entries and photos. You can find them posted on the Temple Isaiah Facebook page or on my blog: We look forward to sharing our journey with you in person!

remind us of the spiritual fire that burns within each one of us. We, too, will have opportunities to walk through


A Note From The Cantor The New Year of the Trees I find myself frequently studying the Jewish calendar

school, we would get a small white paper bag with some

– looking up Torah portions for Bar and Bat Mitzvah

nuts and seeds in it, and a big piece of raw carob. That

students, watching the seasons change in terms of

was the sum total of our observance of Tu Bishvat.

candle-lighting on Friday nights, and finding out when is the new moon (or Rosh Chodesh) or what holidays are approaching in any given month.

Today, the holiday has taken on a different kind of significance with different ritual observances. Given the nature of global warming, and the need to be ever

Winter-time is not a terrifically busy or noteworthy time

more aware of environmental protection in our world,

on the Jewish calendar. After Chanukah, there isn’t a

Tu Bishvat has become an occasion to foster the green-

whole lot of action until Purim, which is about two and

ing of our planet. It is an opportunity to teach children

a half months of down time, Jewishly speaking. We are

to recycle, and to care for the earth, and not take all of

inundated in the fall with High Holidays, Sukkot, and

its bounties for granted.

Simchat Torah all within one month. It would really be nice to spread out the holidays, and get to savor each one a little bit more.

It is no longer just a celebration of trees, but a chance to re-focus on all of nature. We commemorate the day through a seder, like we do on Passover (minus the

There is one holiday, one point of interest in the coldest

matzah, but not the 4 cups of wine!). We sing songs,

part of winter, Tu Bishvat. Spring is actually just begin-

read prayers and poems that glorify trees and nature,

ning in certain parts of Israel at this time of the year.

and eat fruits, seeds and nuts, appreciating all of the

The title of this holiday is simply the 15th of the Hebrew

delicious foods that come forth from the earth. We drink

month, Shevat (not to be confused with Shabbat!), a

the 4 cups of wine, altering the color slightly each time,

day designated by the rabbis of the Mishna as the New

enjoying the different flavors.

Year of the Trees. It is not a new year like Rosh Hashanah – an occasion for serious prayer, repentance, and introspection.

That’s exactly what we will be doing here at Temple Isaiah on Friday evening, Feb. 10th, in combination with our Friday evening Shabbat service. Please come join

There is really no set ritual for observing Tu Bishvat. As

us for the seder, service, and dinner, and help wish the

a child, I remember collecting quarters in a cardboard

trees a Happy New Year.

coin holder, amounting to less than $3, to buy a tree through the JNF, and plant it in Israel. Then at Sunday

Cantor Carol Chesler


President’s Report A Thriving Synagogue, Part II I hope everyone had a Happy Hanukah and a good start

to be true, to tell us what we don’t know, and provide a

to the New Year. I want to thank everyone who took the

fuller picture.

time to complete the Thriving Synagogue Learning Tool survey. While the response rate was a little short of our goal, enough of us responded so that the results will be both statistically significant and therefore relatively representative of our congregation.

Once we receive the results, we will share them with everyone so we can begin a greater discussion about our future. The results will also serve as a benchmark, to give us a baseline so we can measure our progress over time.

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University is analyzing the results to prepare our Profile of Thriving. The Profile is based on our collective responses to the survey as well as information specific to Temple Isaiah, such as membership, community, leadership, purpose, operations, as well as structures and practices most relevant to a thriving synagogue. The Thriving Synagogue Learning Tool was funded by the United Jewish Appeal through its Synergy program. Later this month, we are meeting with the UJA Synergy Team to receive and discuss our Profile of Thriving. I’m looking

Another part of the Synergy program is coaching in selected areas of interest or need based on the survey results. We look forward to participating in this second phase as well. All of this is provided at little or no cost through the generosity of the United Jewish Appeal. I wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to working with you to help Temple Isaiah thrive. If you have any thoughts, ideas, questions, or concerns about Temple Isaiah and its future, feel free to contact me at tekuates@ or at 631-981-5128 evenings.

forward to learning more about Temple Isaiah; what we do well, where we need to improve, to validate or dis-

Jay Schoenfeld

prove many of the things we take for granted or assume


The Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library Please note: Our Temple library is open one half-hour before each Erev Shabbat Service.


Sustaining Members & Friends of Temple Isaiah 2017 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 2017. 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. Won’t you perform the mitzvah of tzedakah at Temple Isaiah? If you are able to make a contribution as a Sustaining Member, you will be providing revenue for regular as well as unforeseen expenses, and you will be helping us plan for future generations. 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)

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.


Come Join Our Klezmer Band Are you an accomplished musician? Do you love playing music with a group of friends of all ages? We are looking for trained musicians to help enhance our musical experience at Temple Isaiah. Come play with our volunteer in-house band on the first Friday of the month for our Shir Joy musical Shabbat services, for Mitzvah Day, and a few other occasions. We need musicians who play: clarinet, stand-up bass, percussion , violin, accordion, flute, piano, and any other instruments. Contact Rabbi Sharon Sobel or Cantor Carol Chesler for more information or to arrange an audition: or

Reduce Your Dues!

Any current Isaiah member who brings in a NEW Dues-Paying Member will be entitled to receive:

18% OFF One Full Year’s Dues!


(Up to 36% OFF for Multiple NEW Members* and the NEW Dues-Paying Member will ALSO receive:

18% OFF One Full Year’s Dues!** Please contact the Temple office with any questions. *If new member drops out before one full year, current member’s discount will terminate. ** Discount applies only to full-dues paying membership. Discount does not apply to building fund and religious school tuition.


Shir Joy Musical Shabbat (“Shir” is Hebrew for “Song!”)

Fridays, January 6th and February 3rd

Pre-Neg Nosh • Wine & Cheese • Fun Treats •



Musical Shabbat Service 6 to 7


Everyone Welcome - All Ages! Celebrate Shabbat with Family, Friends, and Community!

Traditional and Contemporary Music • Participatory • • Reflective • • Spiritual • • Joyful • Some Congregants Enjoy Dinner Together After Shir Joy Services Why not organize such a group yourself? Or, if you’d like help creating a new group of friends, please let Morgan know at Please be sure to tell Morgan whether you would be willing to host a small pot-luck meal in your home. Or, if you prefer, plan to enjoy a meal together at a restaurant.

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Parents’ Association

Family B ingo N ight Saturday, February 4th 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 Ilene or Ellen at or 9

Youth Group

• Open to students in grades 4 –12 • • Meet on Sundays 1–2 times per month • • Make new friends! • • Enjoy fun activities • and more... Please contact Morgan for more information at

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 29th at 1:30 pm. Please call Lillian Goldstein at 862-1747 for more information.


of Stony Brook Presents

Celebrate Shabbat with Rabbi Sharon Sobel, Cantor Carol Chesler & Master Pre-School teacher Diane Weitzman! Instead of our regular February Tot Shabbat, join us for our

Tu B’shvat Family Friendly Seder! Friday, February 10th at 5:45


See page 12 for details!

Everyone Welcome! Special activities and music for young children! Tot Shabbat 2017 Dates* (all programs take place on Friday @ 5.30


– please note new time)

January 20th • March 17th • April 21st • May 19th • June 16th *Dates subject to change. Please watch eblast and website for updates.

P ostings

from the

Parents ’ Association

The Parents’ Association was happy to provide each student in the Religious School with a box of candles for Chanukah, and to participate in the Bernie Friend Latke Bash by selling baked goods. Our annual Bingo Night on February 4th will be a fun event for congregants of all ages! We will have our next meeting on January 8th and again on March 5th. Please join us in supporting the Religious School with both religious and secular events for our students, families, and other congregants! Co-Chairs Ilene Horan and Ellen Covino


TuB’Shevat Seder & Shabbat Service Friday, February10th Seder & Shabbat Service 6:30 pm Dinner & Activities 7:15 pm Conclusion of Seder & Service 5:45


Join your Temple family as we commemorate the birthday of the trees and celebrate Shabbat! • Family-Friendly • Fun Activities • Musical • Spiritual • Intergenerational Discussion for Adults and Teens • Service organized and hosted by Grade 6-12 students We will celebrate the bounty of the earth as we prepare for the spring, using the format of a seder (Hebrew for “order”) to taste a wide variety of fruits, nuts, juices and wines; seven types of foods that grow in the land of Israel. We’ll integrate our Shabbat service throughout the TuB’shvat seder to create a holistic, unified and celebratory experience.

Details: • Potluck Chicken Dinner. We will provide the chicken. (sign up to bring a vegetarian option). • Please sign up for your dish here: Another way others can access the meal schedule is: ; Coordinator Last Name: Sobel Password: Seder • Coffee, wine, fruit, and challah will beprovided. • Cost: $10 per person / $25 per family. A portion of this donation will go to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. • Reservations for the TuB’Shevat Seder must be received by January 30th. RSVP to Morgan: (or, Name _________________________________________________ Email Address: _____________________________________ Cell Phone ________________________________________ # Attending _____________ Amount Enclosed _______________


Brotherhood’s 2016 Bernie Friend Latke Bash As always, Brotherhood’s 2016 Bernie Friend Latke Bash was a huge success and a fun-filled celebration for both children and adults. The empty chair represents our past President and outstanding Brotherhood member Bernie Friend, who is dearly missed. For more information about Temple Isaiah Brotherhood and our upcoming events, please contact Brotherhood President Alan Fisher at 631 821-0465.



Social Action

The Social Action Committee would like to thank all those who generously donated to both the Giving Tree and Chai for Chaialim this past holiday season. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated by all. Please keep posted for additional Tikkun Olam opportunities.

Triad Concert Series If you are interested in baking for a concert this upcoming year, or if you would like more information regarding the Triad Concert Series, please contact Paula Plotkin at (631) 902-1584 or


Shmoozing With Sisterhood Save the Dates! Sisterhood wishes our Temple Isaiah community a

every-day casual to outfits for special occasions.

very happy and healthy 2017. We had a very busy

Personalized service, quality items in a welcoming,

Fall season. Your continued support makes Sister-

friendly and unique shopping environments are hall-

hood’s events very successful. We would like to

marks of both of these stores. Please support their

acknowledge and thank everyone who participated.

support of TI Sisterhood with your patronage.

Everyone has been enjoying the touchstone jewelry they purchased though Rachel Stolowicki at our Welcome Back Brunch. We also thank her for her generous donation of a portion of the proceeds to

Winter 2017 TI Sisterhood Event Schedule: Trace your Ancestry with Meredith Kaye Tierney

Temple Isaiah. Our Fall Book Tea was a really nice

Sunday Feb. 12th 9:30 -11:30 (with snow-date: TBA)

afternoon, and our Fall rummage fundraiser did extra

Want to start a family tree or work on furthering your

well. We had a great time making beeswax Chanukah

family’s genealogy research? Meredith Kaye Tierney

candles. But the highlight of our Fall was… our

will teach you how the Internet can help you! Find

Fashion Show!!!

out her secrets to successful searching and resourc-

Sisterhood would like to extend a very heartfelt, special thank-you to Cindy Braun and her team for all their hard work on this event. Everyone had such a wonderful time. The Watermill was beautifully decorated for our special event and the raffle baskets by Betsy’s Baskets ( were absolutely gorgeous. All of our models had a wonderful showing of their outfits. Our children’s wear models were especially delightful to see as they pirouetted down the runway with “ear to ear” smiles. We give special thanks to Max and Millie women’s fashions, located at 142 East Main St. Port Jefferson and The Colony Shop Children’s wear boutique in Patchogue. Max and Millie specializes in casual, career and cocktail fashions. They also carry accessories and jewelry manufactured in Israel. The Colony shop specializes in high quality children’s wear for


es. We’ll sign into Wi-Fi to work on individual family trees. There will be time to do some original research and get expert hands on assistance. Bring a laptop or tablet if you have one. Space is limited to the first 18 participants, so please register early. You must RSVP to the Temple Office at 751-8518, to Paula Bennett at or Eileen Donnelly at for this event. Coffee, bagels and instructional handouts will be provided. $5pp donation.

Mahjong Madness at Temple Isaiah Sunday, February 26th 3-7


Our afternoon of Mahjong Jong Fun, Raffles and Kosher Style Chinese food with the North Shore Chaverot Chapter of Hadassah. As always, we will have teaching tables. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Please stay tuned for complete details. continued on page 15


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-by-phrase. No prior knowledge is necessary. Newcomers are always we come! Coffee and a light breakfast are provided. Great friends, food and conversation!

Adult Edu


Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah & Confirmation Class Thursdays: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel

Hebrew Instruction with Vilma Levy and Stephen Weitzman 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 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

Tanach Study with Rabbi Stephen Karol Sunday Mornings: 10:30 am – 11:45 am

AAAAAAAAAAAAAA Shmoozing With Sisterhood continued from page 14

Progressive Dinner (offsite) (Look for the flyer in the February Temple mailing!)

delicious dessert buffet. Cost: $10pp and you must RSVP

Saturday, Date in March TBA

to Temple Office by March 1st. For questions, please

Sisterhood’s Progressive Dinner is a lovely and delicious

call: Mona Saidens at 928-0812 or Diane Weiztman at

4-course Saturday night out! Join us! You’ll go to a differ-


ent location for each course, each time meeting a group of friendly people. Then join everyone back at Temple for a

Very Sincerely Yours, Paula Bennett and Eileen Donnelly TI Sisterhood Co-Presidents


Media Watch Israel Israel’s Moral Imperative 1.

Israel taking a hard look at gaps in physical protections and warning systems against the tens of

thousands of rockets expected to target Israeli civilians during the next war. Israeli-civilians-in-next-war-474593 2.

Israel anticipates regaining air dominance and increased deterrence with the imminent delivery of

American F-35 fighter jets. 35-nears-473983 3.

Israeli officials say that at least half of the massive fires causing many thousands of people to evacuate

their homes were set by arsonists. “…numerous countries, including Russia, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt,

had sent emergency crews and firefighting planes to help Israel tackle the blazes. The Palestinian

Authority sent four firefighting teams.” with-massive-fires/2016/11/25/53dc9112-b2f5-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html?utm_term=. ecf31504f441 4&5. UNESCO disposes of Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. Palestinians lay claim to the Dead Sea Scrolls. ties-to-the-Temple-Mount-474107 CO-471781

Larry Weber


This Month


Jewish History

January / February


January 1759 (Louisiana Colony, North America) A law known as the Louisiana Black Code denied residence to Jews or the practice of any religion except Catholicism in the colony. (At least 5 Jewish families lived in the territory, nonetheless). January 16, 1825 (Charleston, South Carolina, USA) The Reformed Society of Israelites was founded by 47 breakaway members of the Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim synagogue, marking the beginning of Reform Judaism in North America. January 16, 1906 (Eretz Israel) The Reformed Society of Israelites was founded by 47 breakaway members of the Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim synagogue, marking the beginning of Reform Judaism in North America. Hank Greenberg

January 28, 1668 (Italy) Pope Clement IX cancelled the humiliating races which forced Jews to run near-naked through the streets of Rome during carnival time. The races, which hadbegun in 1464, were rescinded under the condition that the Jewish community pay a special cancellation tax. The tax lasted for another 200 years. January 29, 1808 (Canada) Bezalel, the Israeli Academy of Arts and Design, was founded in Jerusalem by painter and scvulptor Boris Schatz. The school was named after the biblical Bezalel, one of the artisans who created the Tabernacle.

Betty Friedan

February 5, 1840 (Syria) A blood libel known as the “Damascas Affair” started with the disappearance of a Franciscan monk. A number of Jews were accused of ritual murder and arrested by authorities, including 2 who died under torture, and 63 children who were starved in an effort to extract confessions from their families. International pressure forced the charges to be dropped. The affair caused a resurgence of Zionist sentiment. February 19, 1543 (Italy) The “House of Catechumens” was established by the Vatican for the purpose of converting Jews. Supported by taxes on the Jewish population, a Jew sent to the “house” would undergo 40 days of intense “instruction.” February 19, 1543 (Italy) The “House of Catechumens” was established by the Vatican for the purpose of converting Jews. Supported by taxes on the Jewish population, a Jew sent to the “house” would undergo 40 days of intense “instruction.”

Elizabeth Taylor

February 21, 1860 (United States) Uriah P. Levy was appointed Commodore of the U.S. Eastern Mediterranean fleet.

Jewish Birthdays in January & February: A Hank Greenberg, Hall of Fame baseball player: 1/1/1911 A J.D. Salinger, author: 1/1/1919 A Paul Newman, actor/philanthropist: 1/26/1925 A Admiral Hyman Rickover: 1/27/1900 A Betty Friedan, feminist/activist: 2/4/1921 A Carole King, singer/songwriter: 2/9/1942 A Mark Spitz, Olympic swimming champion: 2/10/1950 A Judy Blume, author: 2/12/1938 Paul Newman

A Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister: 2/27/1928 A Elizabeth Taylor, actress/philanthropist: 2/27/1932



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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 phone.

calling regarding a funeral.



A To Alan Fisher on the death of his father

Fenimore Fisher

A To Janine Day on the death of her father

Marvin Lieberman

A To Lloyd and Susan Lense on the birth of their

grandson, Aaron Kram

A To Joan and Jack Abbey on the Bar Mitzvah of their

grandson, Zachary Dietderich

A To Eileen Fisher on the death of her

brother- in- law, Alan Bessen

A To David Silberhartz on the death of his mother

Shirley Silberhartz

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: $250 Memorial Board Plaque: $360 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

Israel Fund

In memory of Paul Michael Barbara & Jerry Fine In memory of Beatrice Flinker Lillian Goldstein

In memory of Murray Kamen The Kamen Family In memory of Gussie Gerstein The Gerstein Family In memory of Arlene Bloom John & Myrna Ruisi

Camp Fund In 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 memory of Anna Ruben Diane & Stephen Weitzman

Fund to Feed the Hungry In In In In In In In In In In

memory of Arlene Bloom Tina Dunayer & Harold Guberman memory of Paul Michael Claire Baer Ellie Tepper Eileen & Joe Donnelly Ira & Barbara Zarett memory of Shirley Silberhartz Irva & Saul Steinweis memory of Ralph Hoffman & Mina Cymerman Diane & Jerome Cymerman memory of Glenn Orenstein Iris & David Schiff memory of Shirley Silberhartz Ivan & Ilene Ensler Dan Stenzler Mark & Mona Saidens memory of Sidney Stenzler Dan Stenzler memory of Shirley Silberhartz Carole-Ann Gordon memory of Robert Lowett Mort Rosen & Amy Rosen memory of Bernard Behrendt The Kamen Family

Joseph Karol Youth Scholarship Fund With thanks to Rabbi Karol Norma Michael In memory of Max Rosenzweig Arlene Gitter

Landscape Fund In memory of Sylvia Davidson Larry Lieblich & Perri Fitterman In honor of Doug Lieblich’s Wedding Marge & Paul Weiser

Music Fund In In In In

memory of Marvin Lieberman Irva & Saul Steinweis memory of Arlene Bloom Alan & Myra Rosofsky honor of Robert Rose’s Bar Mitzvah Alan & Myra Rosofsky memory of Mike Belcastro Barbara Wright


Sunshine Funds & Other Donations Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library In In In In In In In In

memory of Paul Michael Rhoda Lieberman memory of Marvin Lieberman Eileen & Joe Donnelly memory of Martin Lieberman Gloria & Mark Snyder memory of Caroline Guberman Harold Guberman memory of Roslyn Feldman Pam Feldman memory of Paul Ross Steve & Phyllis Ross memory of Yaffa Eliak Mort Rosen memory of Alan Bessen Janine & Bruce Day

Rabbi Sobel’s Discretionary Fund (continued) In memory of Fred Singer Mark & Essie Freilach In memory of Gisela Singer Mark & Essie Freilach In memory of Louis Baron Judy Albano In memory of Richard Mazzola Arnie & Honey Katz In memory of Helen Schlachter Sy Schlachter

Rabbi Harvey Witman Religious School Fund In memory of Leslie Tannen Janis Feldman

Herbert Silberman Rabbi Karol Youth Lounge Fund Artist/Scholar-in-Residence Fund In memory of Paul Michael John & Myrna Ruisi In memory of Paul Michael The Kamen Family

In memory of Samuel Cohen Gerald &Tamra Stoller

Rabbi Sobel’s Discretionary Fund Social Action Fund In memory of Paul Michael Ilene & Ivan Ensler In memory of Marvin Lieberman Carole-Ann Gordon With thanks to Rabbi Sobel Norma Michael In honor of the birth of Aaron Kram Susan & Lloyd Lense In memory of Benjamin & Helen Lieberman Ricki & Larry Budnick In memory of Cynthia Landis Leo & Doris Dvorken In memory of Florence Bernstein Harvey & Maureen Bernstein In memory of Max Lacoff Marshall Lacoff In memory of Leonard Koenig Mark & Ellen Koenig

In memory of Paul Michael Ilene & Glenn Steinhauer Estelle Block Irva & Saul Steinweis Tanakh Study Group Marge & Paul Weiser Theo & Marion Pavlidis Sheila & David Silberhartz


Sunshine Funds & Other Donations Special Projects Fund

URJ Camp Scholarship

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In memory of Fenimore Fisher Mort Rosen & Amy Rosen

memory of Paul Michael Iris & David Schiff memory of Fenimore Fisher Irva & Saul Steinweis honor of the birth of Luke Mandelbaum Iris & David Schiff memory of Paul Michael Iris & David Schiff honor of the marriage of Michael & Melissa Iris & David Schiff memory of Traute Stern Lori & Howard Stern memory of Gurbachan Singh Sonya Singh memory of Jack Hollander Paul Rosenthal

Vivian Kohn Fund In memory of Sarah Forman Diane & Stephen Weitzman

Worship Fund In memory of Sarah Kaplan Barbara & Bruce Meyer In memory of Morris Lieblich Larry Lieblich & Perri Fitterman In memory of Paul Michael Mort Rosen & Amy Rosen

Tikkun Olam Fund

Youth Group Fund

In memory of Bernard Kamenetzky The Kamen Family In memory of Mickey Phillips The Kamen Family

In memory of Sylvia Turner Daniel & Phyllis Turner


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Gift Certificates Available

Dr. Kneessy

Dr. Adler

Dr. Coccaro

179 Belle Meade Road, East Setauket, NY 11733


SPS: 631-751-4400 v Spa: 631.751.2693 v

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


Rabbi—Sharon L. Sobel

Parents' Association Co-Chairs—Ellen Covino &

Cantor––Carol Chesler

Ilene Horan

Temple President—Jay Schoenfeld

Youth Group Advisor—Morgan Shapiro-–Antwork

School Principle—Phyllis Sterne

Rabbi Emeritus—Stephen A. Karol

Sisterhood Co-Presidents—Paula Bennett

Rabbi Emeritus—Adam D. Fisher

& Eileen Donnelly

Cantor Emeritus—Michael F. Trachtenberg

Brotherhood President—Alan Fisher

Temple Isaiah (631) 751- 8518


1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790


Bulletin designed by Gary Kamen and edited by Adam Mandelbaum

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Isaiah bulletin jan feb 2017 (7)