Yom Ha’atzmaut Tuesday, May 2nd
Small Group Congregational Meetings Wednesday, May 17th Sundays, May 21st & June 11th Tuesdays, June 6th & 27th
Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner & Service Friday, May 19th
Last Day of Religious School & Youth Group Pizza Party Sunday, May 21st
Shavuot Tuesday Evening, May 30th Wednesday Morning, May 31st
Las Vegas Night Fund Raiser Saturday, June 3rd
Celebrate Israel Parade Sunday, June 4th
Sisterhood Member Dinner Wednesday, June 7th
Shabbat On The Beach Friday, June 9th
Rabbi Sobel’s Farewell Service Friday, June 16th
Adult Confirmation & B’Nai Mitzvah Saturday, May 20th
Temple Isaiah Bulletin A Volume 52, Issue 5 A May / June 2017
Member Union for Reform Judaism
May 2017 / Iyar - Sivan / 5777 Sunday
Monday Sisterhood Rummage 10 am - 1 pm 7 - 9 pm Adult Ed. Resurrection & Immortality Rabbi Karol 7 pm
Tuesday Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Sisterhood Rummage 10 am - 1 pm Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm
1 Religious School 9 am - 12 pm Brotherhood Mtg 9:09 am Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 am Mitzvah Day
Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm
10 Small Group Congregational Mtg 7:30 pm
22 Memorial Day office closed
Erev Shavuot 6:15 pm
24 Shavuot Morning Yizkor service office closed
Shir Joy Musical Erev Shabbat Service 6 pm
Shabbat Morning Torah Study 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service 10 am B’nai Mitzvah Discussion Group
6 Shabbat Morning Torah Study 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service 10 am
13 Shabbat Morning Torah Study 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Adult Confirmation B’Nai Mitzvah Service 10 am
Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
25 Friday Ushers 5 Weitzman 12 Sterne 19 Donnelly 26 Rosofsky
Tot Shabbat 5:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm
Erev Shabbat Service Teacher Recognition 7:30 pm
Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am
4 Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm
Religious School 9 am - 12 pm Small Group Congregational Mtg 9:30 am Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 am Youth Group Pizza Party 12 pm
8 Adult Ed. Resurrection & Immortality Rabbi Karol 7 pm Board of Trustees Mtg 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
Adult Ed. Resurrection & Immortality Rabbi Karol 7 pm
20 Shabbat Morning Torah Study 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service 10 am B’nai Mitzvah Discussion Group
Saturday Ushers 6 Kitt 27 Stopsky
Rabbi Rabbi Sobel Sobel ‘s ‘s Reflections Reflections Be strong and courageous; never let Torah fade from your lips. It has been my honor to serve this sacred community over
joining together, carrying their share of the burden, add-
the past three years. And it has been my joy to lead
ing their unique contribution to our congregation’s life.
together with you and the many volunteers and staff who make Temple Isaiah the unique liberal Jewish community serving this part of Suffolk County.
I will have an opportunity to thank everyone on Friday, June 16, 2017 at my “official” farewell Shabbat service. I hope to see as many of you there as possible. If you
I write this during Pesach – Passover. We learn in the
would like to stay in touch with me after I leave, you can
Torah that every generation is responsible for teaching
reach me at: email@example.com or you can
the story of our redemption from Egypt to the next gener-
follow me on my blog: www.rabbisharonsobel.com
ation. We learn that it is our obligation to see ourselves as if each of us has personally been liberated from bondage
Here is my blessing for Temple Isaiah going forward:
in Egypt. What does this mean for us as a community? It
May God bless this new path you are about to under-
means that we have a communal responsibility to insure
take, enabling you to learn, grow and be strengthened.
that each of us knows and understands our history. That
May God be with you, and bless you with health and
each and every one of us knows that our history is mean-
strength. May God watch over you and shield you from
ingless unless it points us toward an envisioned future.
harm. May God bless this congregation with unity and
The spiritual life of our community depends on each of
peace. Under the guidance of your new rabbi, may a
us carrying out our responsibilities to the best of our abil-
new era of learning and growth unfold. May your com-
ity. God didn’t just bring us out of slavery in Egypt to
munity always go from strength to strength. May you be
relieve us of our bondage – God redeemed us so that we
inspired to live up to your highest potential. May God
could act as God’s hands and help others as well. Our
bless you with courage and the power to be bold and yet
text teaches that God will be present in the community’s
patient at the same time. May you learn to listen and
midst only if everyone carries their weight of the burden.
work in partnership with others for the unity and longevity
In my time here at Temple Isaiah, serving as your Rabbi, it seems to me that there are many people who truly understand this message and live lives of Torah and Mitzvot. Many of you have aimed to carry out our share of our responsibility for our Jewish life here at Temple Isaiah with great love, devotion, wisdom, grace and dignity. Not to say that the path has always been clear and easy – but our working together toward a common
of this sacred community. May God bless the choices you make. May God bless your efforts with success. May God shine on you and through you so that you illuminate all those you touch. May the days before you be filled with rejoicing and celebration. May you be a blessing to this world. And may blessings surround you now and always. Amen. B’yedidut u’v’Shalom – In friendship and Peace,
goal has always been at the forefront. None of us could have done what we need to do here, without people
A Note From The Cantor What’s a NIGUN? You might have noticed that most services at Temple
That basket does not presently exist. We can create a
Isaiah begin with a nigun. You might not know what that
welcoming atmosphere of beauty and peace through the
is, or why we sing a nigun as an introduction to prayer.
singing of a nigun – a simple melody chanted together,
I would like to offer a brief explanation to you, which is
affording each of us an opportunity for release, for medi-
my interpretation of this local custom.
tation, for joining our voices together as a community.
A nigun is a wordless melody – most often a tune that is
Each nigun has a unique quality or style, and different
easily taught, sung, repeated many times, and (usually)
moods are established in the singing of these varied
easily learned. It is like stretching before exercising. It is
melodies. At the beginning of a service, perhaps some-
a prayer warm-up. The lack of words, no lyrics, frees the
thing slower is necessary, so the congregation does not
mind to not be confined by text. There isn’t even really
feel hurried, and is given the opportunity to learn the
pressure to sing the tune correctly, note-for-note. The
tune in a more deliberate way. Further into the service,
emphasis is in bringing the congregation into the prayer
the pace might pick up, be more lively, joyous, or even
space, through the use of a simple melody. People enter
raucous. A more exuberant nigun is in order. At the end
the sanctuary, arriving from a variety of places, work
of a private meditation, something quieter and more
spaces, home, the road, school, the train, the ferry, etc.
contemplative would be appropriate.
We bring our work day and its many stressers into the Temple. I always wished there might be an empty basket in the lobby, where we could deposit all of our many burdens, and enter the sanctuary with an open heart and mind, ready to embrace the Divine through our worship.
Music has to be a reflection of the mood and content of our prayers. Sometimes a simple, wordless melody, a nigun, is all we need to deepen our connection to the Almighty, to truly feel the nearness of the Divine.
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. Wonâ€™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! Circle of Enrichment
Barbara & Jerry Fine
Eileen & Joe Donnelly
Gloria & Mark Snyder
Anita & Stewart Gaffan
Sharon & Larry Epstein
Irene & Bernie Gische
Barbara & Gary Kamen
Amy & Mort Rosen
Margaret & Jay Schoenfeld
Sue & Dean Rosenzweig
Irva & Saul Steinweis
Myra & Alan Rosofsky
Diane & Steve Weitzman
Marge & Paul Weiser
Circle of Growth Paula & Steve Bennett Eileen & Adam Fisher Suzan & Alfred Goldhaber Honey & Arnie Katz Circle of Hope
Perri Fitterman & Larry Lieblich Chai or Multiple
Jamie & Hilton Adler
Essie & Mark Freilach
Shari & Alan Countess
Marian Guarlnick Bonnie & Steve Katz Jean & Jason Kitt Phyllis Sterne Barbara Wright
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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)
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Circle of Growth ($540-$1,017) Circle of Hope ($360-$539) Chaverim ($180-$359) Mitzvah Partner ($118-$179) Chai or Multiple ($36-$117)
President’s Report Thriving Synagogue Learning Tool This month’s column will feature some highlights from
providing additional insights. Another section compares
the Thriving Synagogue Learning Tool, a project of the
Board and Temple operations to best practices, highlight-
United Jewish Appeal’s SYNERGY Program and the
ing many good things but also showing room for growth.
Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. I want to again thank the 165 adults who took the time to complete the survey, about 1/3 of the congregation.
We cannot change the past, but we can change the future. The Thriving Synagogue Learning Tool provides us with a snapshot of Temple Isaiah’s strengths as well as ideas that can further strengthen our community. We
The survey measures various indicators of thriving, and
will be using this information as we move forward and
identifies opportunities for both celebration and further
will continue to share results with you. I thank everyone
discussion and analysis. It reflects opinions when we
who participated in the survey. A complete copy is avail-
took the survey in November and December and will be
able from the Temple office.
a benchmark for future measurement going forward.
As always, if you have any thoughts, ideas, questions, or
Please refer to the summary chart on page 7. The thicker
concerns about Temple Isaiah and its future, feel free to
blue bars, with titles in capitals, represent dimensions
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 631-981-5128
of thriving. The brown bars to the right of each blue bar,
with lowercase titles, are specific measures within a particular dimension. The height of the lines indicates the percentage of respondents who agree.
I want to conclude by recognizing Rabbi Sobel’s tenure with us. During her three years here she has brought new dimensions to our congregation, and we appreciate her
Several highlights are a strong sense of belonging (My
energy, enthusiasm, and her commitment. We will miss
Place), our willingness to recommend Temple Isaiah
them as we go forward and I hope that we continue along
to others (Recommend) and our social conscience and
some of the paths she started us on.
involvement in the community (Outward Facing). Challenges include vitality and future vision, a gap between being informed and understanding decision making, and concerns about Temple leadership. The report also shows responses to various questions by age, years of membership, and level of involvement,
We will formally thank Rabbi Sobel on Friday June 16th with a special Oneg following services. I hope you can attend. Please join me in thanking Rabbi Sobel and in wishing her well. Jay Schoenfeld President
Rabbi Sobelâ€™s Farewell Service Friday Evening , June 16th Erev Shabbat Service at 7:30 pm Special Oneg to Follow Please join us in paying tribute to Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel as we thank her for all her good work and wish her great success in all
her future endeavors.
Temple Isaiah Profile of Thriving â€“ Summary
Mitzvah Mania 2017 - Schedule - Sunday, May 7, 2017 Check In / Donation of Non-Perishable Items to Our Food Pantry Note: Wear last year’s Mitzvah Mania T-Shirt if you have one It is important to PRE-REGISTER by MAY 4th
10:00 am: 10:00 12:30
Mitzvah Day Activities all take place on-site this year Community-Wide BBQ (sponsored by Brotherhood & Sisterhood). Take a break from your Mitzvah and have something to eat!
Mitzvah Day Activities: A Installation of LED Tubes 9 am (please bring ladders if possible) A Check In & Collection of Food Donations 10 am A Gardening and Planting 10 am (gloves & tools needed) A Temple Isaiah Outdoor Clean-up
A Photography of All Activities 10 am A Creating Tee-Shirt Bags for
Food Pantries (for children 8 and up) 12 pm (tee-shirts wanted)
Call or email the Temple office to Register: 631-751-8518 or email@example.com
The Temple Isaiah Board & Staff Invite Our Entire Community to Celebrate
Shabbat Morning and Our Adult Confirmation & Bâ€™nai Mitzvah Students as they complete their two-year course of study A A A A
Michele Albohn Melissa Brenner Beth Cohen
A A A
Jordan Kantrowitz Barbara Meyer Tammy Severino
Saturday, May 20th, 10:00 am SERVICE (Torah Study 8:30 am) Followed by Festive Oneg 9
S havuot EREV SHAVUOT – Tuesday, May 30 th “Supper, Study & Service” 6:00 pm Supper Join us for a traditional “Blintzes and Cheesecake” Erev Shavuot dinner (non-dairy options available). $12/person RSVP required by Tuesday, May 23rd to Penny: administrator@TempleIsaiahSB.org
6:50 pm Study “Poems, Prayers & Promises” On Shavuot, we celebrate our “marriage” to God at Sinai as a Jewish people. Through this study session, we will examine some of the “poems, prayers and promises” we as a people have written to express our love to God, reflecting this sacred covenant. How does the relationship between God and Israel differ from a covenantal relationship between two people? How is it similar?
Shavuot celebrates the receiving of Torah on Mt. Sinai. We will read the Ten Commandments as we celebrate this epic moment in our history.
SHAVUOT MORNING – Wednesday, May 31st 10:00 am Shavuot Morning Festival Service & Yizkor (We read aloud the names of all those who died from last year at Shavuot to this year at Shavuot).
I/We would like to attend the Shavuot “Supper, Study & Service” Name(s) ______________________________ cell phone: __________________ Email: _____________________________ Number attending @ $12/person: ___________ Total amount enclosed: _________________
Shir Joy Musical Shabbat (“Shir” is Hebrew for “Song!”)
Fridays, May 5th and June 2nd
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 office@TempleIsaiahSB.org. 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.
1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790
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of Stony Brook Presents
Celebrate Shabbat with Rabbi Sharon Sobel, Cantor Carol Chesler & Master Pre-School teacher Diane Weitzman!
Music, Story, Challah, Juice, and Shabbat Fun! for Children Ages 0 â€“ 6 and their families! Everyone Welcome! Special activities and music for young children!
Fridays, May 19th and June 16th at 5:30
*Dates subject to change. Please watch eblast and website for updates.
Save these Dates: Sept. 15th, Oct. 20th, Nov. 17th, Dec. 15th, Jan. 19th, Feb. 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, June 15th
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Members of Temple Isaiahâ€™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.
Shabbat at the Beach Please Join Us on
Friday, June 9 th at
West Meadow Beach
Shabbat at the Beach 6:00 PM Bring a picnic dinner for your family and bring your bike, rollerblades, or a frisbee. GATHER BY THE GAZEBO. 7:00
Service begins. Temple Isaiah will provide: Challah, wine/juice and dessert. Please bring: Beach chairs and blankets.
MEMBER UNION FOR REFORM JUDAISM In case of inclement weather, we will have a recording on our phone by 3 PM and we’ll have a Temple Isaiah ✡ 1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790 “Blue Jeans” Shabbat service / Indoor Picnic at Temple Isaiah.
(631) 751- 8518
Annual Celebrate Israel Parade Sunday, June 4th
There will be T-shirts, flags, and banners! Everyone should come and be counted!
RSVP Deadline: May 26th
COST: $18 per person $50 maximum per family
(more details to follow as we get closer to the parade date)
Bus Transportation Is Included! Approximate times 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
YES! I want to join the Suffolk Jewish Community and 100,000 other New Yorkers to march up Fifth Avenue as part of the single largest gathering of support for Israel in the world! Name(s):_________________________________________________________________________________________ Email: ______________________________________________ # of participants:________
Cell Phone #:_______________________________
T-shirt sizes: ______S ______M ______L ______XL _____XXL (adult sizes only)
Total amount enclosed: _______________ To insure that you receive a t-shirt, return this form with your check (made out to Temple Isaiah) by May 26th. For further information, contact parade coordinator Rich Stopsky at 516-841-8263 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming Bâ€™nai Mitzvah students please note: Participation in the parade counts as one of your 13 Mitzvot!
Shmoozing With Sisterhood Save the Dates! Dear Friends, Best wishes from Temple Isaiah Sisterhood. We hope
you did! For more information or to volunteer: Please
all of you had a wonderful Passover holiday with your
contact: Paula Bennett: email@example.com,
loved ones and friends. With very great regret we had
Eileen Donnelly firstname.lastname@example.org or Teddy
to cancel our Miriam’s Seder this year due to lack of
participants and RSVPs. We realize and understand that many of you are extremely busy this time of year and that our temple is currently undergoing some significant challenges. We sincerely hope any clouds will pass and next year we will be able to have this wonderful event.
Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner and Service Friday, May 19th at 6
Join us for Shabbat dinner at 6pm followed by an inspirational service written and led by Sisterhood members. A special Oneg will follow. Dinner: Main course of chicken and challah will be provided.
We will still be having our famous spring rummage
Please bring a side dish to share. $10pp/max $18/
sale, our Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner and Service and
family (with school age children). See our flyer this
our end of year complimentary member dinner and
issue of the bulletin.
book club. Please try to RSVP early☺ and volunteers are needed and appreciated.
May and June Sisterhood Happenings: Spring Rummage Sale: am
Sale opens: 12:30 – 2:30
and 7 – 9
unteers. Come and join us for a delicious catered dinner and lively book discussion. This year we will Loigman (Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the Emma Clark Library).
Tuesday, May 2nd Sale open 10
be reading, The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen
Monday May 1st Sale opens: 10
Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 TI Social Hall
We appreciate and value all of our members and vol-
Sunday, April 30th “Rummage Drop Off”: 9
Member Appreciation Dinner and Book Discussion
Rummage is a very important fundraiser for us – your donations go a long way to help both our local and Temple Community. Because many of us work outside the home during the day, volunteers are
Dinner is free for 5777 dues paid members and $25pp for non-members. Please join us for this great evening of friendship, food and fun! We hope to see you there. Very Sincerely,
especially needed to “Person the Sale” during the Monday and Tuesday morning sale times and for
Paula Bennett and Eileen Donnelly
clean up on Tuesday. Please help us; you’ll be glad
TI Sisterhood Co-Presidents
Breaking Bread With Brotherhood Save the Dates!
As we move into spring, the brotherhood will be
Please purchase as many raffles as you can, and
busy scraping the ice off the BBQ and serving up
if you would like to sell them at work or to family
Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, etc. during the Mitzvah Day
and friends, see me for extra tickets. Ben Schess is
activities. Hopefully everybody has been able to
already leading the sales, as he did last year!
digest and work off the numerous Hamentashen provided by the Brotherhood during all of the Purim festivities. I know the children worked it off immediately by running amok in the Bounce “House” (provided by Brotherhood) during the Purim Carnival!
We will be selling tickets and collecting food donations at the Setauket Stop-n-Shop on Sunday, April 30th and May 21st. Young Adults and Adult Supervisors are needed. Some of the proceeds are converted into Stop-n-Shop Gift Cards, which are
May is also the busiest time for the brotherhood as we
given to the Temple Isaiah Food Pantry. A monetary
prepare for our Annual Las Vegas Night Fund Raiser
donation is made to ‘Our Daily Bread’ soup kitchen
on Saturday, June 3rd, which is approaching VERY
run by the St James RC Church. They will also be
quickly. Brotherhood members, please give whatever
selling tickets for us. The Social Action Committee of
time you can to this, our biggest fund-raising event
Temple Isaiah has been partnering with St James RC
of the year. We hope all the adults in the congrega-
Church for years.
tion will attend and bring their friends. This event allows us to give over $5,000 each year to Camp Scholarships, provide several “BBQ’s” over the year, along with Latkes, Hamentashen and Purim Carnival Games. If you or someone you know would like to
Look for notices for the Date and Ticket information for the ‘Richard Wright Night at the LI Ducks’! It should be in mid-July on a warm and beautiful summer evening and is open to everybody.
be a sponsor, there still is time. Contact me, Rodger
Coming this summer, we are currently planning the
Jonas, or the Temple Office.
1st Annual “Sinatra Summer Sizzler BBQ”. Enjoy
The Annual Brotherhood Raffle is well underway. This year’s theme is “Deluxe Theatrical Weekend for 2 in the Big Apple!” It is only $10 (Ten dollars) per ticket and the Grand Prize is Vouchers for any Broadway Show put on by the Schubert Organization, Hilton NYC-Midtown, Parking and Food. There are also electronics, Mets Tickets (courtesy of the Stopsky Family), Spa at East Winds, and various Gift Cards to local merchants. Look for our flyers and emails.
LIVE music in the back courtyard provided by the Michael Capobianco Quartet, featuring the vocal styling of the incomparable Denise Richards! Listen to the best of Sinatra and the ‘Great American Song Book’ while enjoying an Upscale BBQ. Date: a Sunday in July. Time: early afternoon. Menu: Burgers, Chicken, Salmon and more. Look for details in the coming weeks. Continued on page 18
Adult Education RSVP to Penny for all courses: Administrator@TempleIsaiahSB.org
Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel Every Saturday: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
dult Early Morning Study with Rabbi Adam D. FAisher Tuesday Mornings: 6:30 – 7:30 am
Tanach Study with Rabbi Stephen Karol Sunday Mornings: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Resurrection & Immortality in Jewish Thought with Rabbi Stephen Karol Monday Evenings: 7 pm
AAAAAAAAAAAAAA Breaking Bread With Brotherhood Continued from page 17 We look forward to seeing everyone at the next
several Temple & Brotherhood events. If you have not
Both meetings will be in the Kitchen & Social Hall.
and then Wednesday May 24th at 6:30
joined the Brotherhood, just walk across the Social Hall and into the Kitchen during our next meeting.
Alan Fisher, Brotherhood President
Help yourself to a Bagel, Lox & Cream Cheese and
YOU’RE IN! Next meeting is Sunday, April 23rd at
Dear Friends, Spring is here, which means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the summer! Once the camp season is underway, hundreds of families visit us to get a glimpse of life at camp. A summer tour is the perfect way for a potential camper to see our camps in action and picture themselves spending a summer with us.
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Membership Musings Dear Temple Isaiah Board Members, It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that Mitch, Brandon, Allana and I are resigning from Temple Isaiah effective immediately. Mitch and I have sold our house and we are moving to Long Beach. For 15 years, Temple Isaiah provided our family with a loving and supportive community. For this, we will be forever grateful. Our Rabbi, Cantor, Educator, and our Temple community as a whole provided us with memories that will never be forgotten. There was no better feeling than walking into our sanctuary, at any given time where we were always greeted with a smile, a hug, a kiss and always had a friend to sit with. Temple Isaiah was our second home, the members, our extended family. It is where all 4 of us made long lasting friendships. For this, we will, again be forever grateful. We wish our Temple Isaiah community only strength, and prosperity. Thank you for providing us with love, support and kindness. Until we meet again, Michele, Mitchell, Brandon and Allana Rosenberg
If you are interested in working with the Social Action Committee, we would love to have you join us as we continue working towards Tikkun Olam, repairing our world through social activism, the pursuit of justice, acts of kindness, and the performance of mitzvot. Please contact the Temple office for more information.
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, May 28th at 1:30 pm. Please call Lillian Goldstein at 862-1747 for more information.
Small Group Congregational Meetings
Beginning in May 2017, the Temple Isaiah Board of Trustees will be hosting a series of Small Group Congregational Meetings. All members of the Congregation are encouraged to attend and share their ideas, insights, comments, and questions. The purpose of these meetings is to improve communication with our Temple membership; to provide a forum in which we can exchange views with our members and provide them with appropriate insights into the decisions of the Board. Each meeting will be open to twelve congregants. Three members of the Board of Trustees will also attend. An open invitation is extended to all TI congregants. The first 12 individuals to sign up per meeting, who have not previously attended a meeting, are welcome. Days & Times: • Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00
in the library
• Sunday, May 21st (last day of school) at 9:30 • Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00
• Sunday, June 11th at 9:30 • Tuesday, June 27th at 7:00
in the library
in the library
in the library in the library
Sign-Up: Congregants may sign-up to attend specific meetings by calling or emailing the Temple office. If less than 6 congregants sign-up for any scheduled meeting, that meeting will be cancelled and congregants will be asked to attend on a different day. It is our plan to continue these meetings on an ongoing basis. We hope that they will help us to achieve a reaffirmation of shared purpose, a common sense of brotherhood and sisterhood between us, and a renewed faith in the future of Temple Isaiah.
Media Watch Israel Israel’s Moral Imperative 1. “Egypt’s Ambassador To Israel: Peace Between Egypt And Israel Is Strong, Stable” http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Egypts-ambassador-to-Israel-Peace-between-Egypt-and Israel-is-strong-stable-485130 2. Russia shifts policy from one of urging internationalization of Jerusalem to recognizing it as two capitals. http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-israel-settlements-jerusalem-2017-4 3. Prime Minister Netanyahu hails historic trade agreement with Beijing, which will see bilateral trade reach a whopping $16 billion. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210052 4. The UK warned that it would follow the US in rejecting all resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if the UNHRC did not treat Israel proportionally. http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/After-London-terror-attack-UK-blasts-UNHRC-anti-Israel bias-485124 5. “In a first step toward clearing the Palestinian Authority’s NIS 2 billion electricity debt, the PA has transferred more than half a billion shekels to the Israel Electric Company…” http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinians transfer-NIS-590m-to-Israel-toward-debt-settlement-469439
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 Cantor Carol Chesler for more information or to arrange an audition: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
May / June
May 8, 1942 (Belarus) The Bielski brothers escaped the Nazis and formed a partisan fighting unit in a Belarus forest. Tuvia, Zusye, Asael, and Aharon Bielski saved 1,230 Jewish men, women, and children. After the war, Tuvia moved to the USA, where he died in 1987. May 14, 1948 (Israel) David Ben Gurian declared the founding of the State of Israel. Theodor Herzl
May 18, 1721 (Spain) 96 year old Maria Barbara Carillo was burned alive, the oldest known victim of the Inquisition. May 29, 1554 (Italy) After an appeal by Jews in Catholic countries, Pope Julius III agreed to allow the burning of only the Talmud, but not “harmless rabbinical writings”. June 3, 1888 (United States) The Jewish Publication Society of America was founded.
June 10, 1648 (Poland) Cossacks led by Bogdan Chmielniki began a series of pogroms that lasted 10 years, during which over 700 Jewish communities were destroyed and 100,000 to 500,000 Jews lost their lives. June 15, 1920 (Eretz Israel) The Haganah, the Jewish self-defense force, was formed to safe-guard against Arab attacks. June 23, 1700 (England) Solomon De Medina, who had helped finance the “Glorius Revolution” that installed William of Orange and Mary on the throne, was knighted by the British KIng. He was the first professing Jew to receive a knighthood.
Jewish Birthdays in May & June: A Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister: 5/3/1898 A Sigmund Freud, psychoanalyst: 5/6/1856 A Don Rickles, comedian: 5/8/1926 A Irving Berlin, song writer: 5/11/1888 A Bea Arthur, actress: 5/13/1923 A Dolph Schayes, Basketball Hall of Famer: 5/19/1928 A Nora Ephron, writer/producer: 5/19/1941 A Theodor Herzl, founder of Zionism: 5/20/1860 A Bob Dylan, singer/songwriter: 5/24/1941 A Beverly Sills, opera singer: 5/25/1929 A Bar Refaeli, super model: 6/4/1985 A Natalie Portman, actress: 6/9/1981
A Anne Frank, diarist: 6/12/1929 A Carly Simon, singer/songwriter: 6/25/1945 A Sir John Monash, Australian General: 6/27/1865 A Gilda Radner, comedienne: 6/28/1946
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.
Condolences A To Sheri Glazer Schwartz on the death of her mother Elaine Glazer A To our own Paul Rosenthal A To Hilton Adler on the death of his mother Helen Adler A To Stephanie Salmonson on the death of her grandfather Marvin Satin A To John Zimmermann on the death of his father George Zimmermann A To Evan Barbakoff on the death of his mother Cecile Barbakoff A To Arnie Katz on the death of his friend Thomas Haggerty Jr.
Congratulations A To Irva and Saul Steinweis on the birth of their granddaughter Fara Debbie Peck
Itâ€™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 In memory of Abraham Feldman Pam Feldman In memory of Abraham Levinsky Vicki & Dennis Hoffman In memory of Jean Rosenbaum-Brunner
Joseph Karol Youth Scholarship Fund In memory of Helen Adler Claire Baer In honor of Brandon Gerstein’s Bar Mitzvah Essie & Mark Freilach
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In memory of Robert Ensler Ivan and Ilene Ensler
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 memory of Frank Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman memory of Bessie Kaminsky Diane & Stephen Weitzman memory of Helen Adler Diane & Stephen Weitzman
Fund to Feed the Hungry In memory of Helen Adler Jerry & Barbara Fine In memory of Ruth Rosen Mort Rosen In memory of Bernice Rosen Mort Rosen & Amy Rosen
Israel Fund In In In In In
memory of Sadie Stern The Gerstein Family memory of Irving Howard Alice & Bruce Howard memory of Sidney Roth Carol & Mark Swerdloff memory of Murray Kamen The Kamen Family memory of Mickey & Jackie Phillips The Kamen Family
Music Fund In In In In In In
honor of Elyssa Plotkin’s Engagement Barbara & Bruce Meyer memory of Ruth Fried Ron & Sandy Fried memory of Bertrum Frankenstein The Gerstein Family memory of Harry Cohen Linda Barancik memory of George Gerstein The Gerstein Family honor of Elyssa Plotkin’s Engagement The Kamen Family
Oneg Fund In memory of Jack Braun Cindy & Allan Braun
Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library In memory of Dan Turner Dreania & Michael Levine Myrna & John Ruisi Jerry & Barbara Fine In memory of Jack Willis Honey & Arnie Katz In memory of Arthur Fried Sandy & Ron Fried
Rabbi Karol Youth Lounge Fund In memory of Rosalyn Gabrielsen Suzanne Gabrielsen
Sunshine Funds & Other Donations Rabbi Sobel’s Discretionary Fund
Special Projects Fund
With thanks to Rabbi Sobel Phyllis Turner In memory of Henry Swerdloff Mark & Carol Swerdloff In memory of Rose Zaretsky Ira & Barbara Zarett In memory of Allan Silberhartz Sheila & David Silberhartz In memory of Selma & Sidney Cohen Sheila & David Silberhartz
In memory of Helen Adler Marge & Paul Weiser In memory of Dan Turner Claire Baer In honor of Penny’s 10 Year Anniversary Alan & Myra Rosofsky
Rabbi Harvey Witman Religious School Fund In In In In In
honor of the birth of Fara Debbie Iris & David Schiff memory of Sam Cohen Bernie & Irene Gische memory of Lawrence Fisher Janis Feldman memory of Warren Tepper Ellie Tepper memory of Maurice Fisher Alan Fisher
Tikkun Olam Fund In memory of Rabbi Morris & Dorothy Bekritsky The Kamen Family
Worship Fund In memory of Herman Meyer Barbara & Bruce Meyer
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B’nai Mitzvah May & June 2017 Harrison Rosenzweig May 6th Son of Dean and Susan Rosenzweig
Hazel Cash May 27th
Siman Tov & Mazel Tov To All!
Daughter of Andrew Cash and Deborah Fisher-Cash
Emily Silverberg June 1st Daughter of Robert and Michele Silverberg
Sloane Muraskin June 10th Daughter of Seth and Stacey Muraskin
Julia Erlich June 17th Daughter of Craig and Shari Erlich Rabbi—Sharon L. Sobel
Parents' Association Co-Chairs—Ellen Covino &
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 www.tisbny.org
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