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November and December 2016 Holidays and Events:

November 6th thru 8th: Sisterhood’s Rummage Sale November 12th: Brotherhood’s Comedy Night November 16th: Sisterhood’s Fashion Show November 19th: Parents’ Association Family Fun Night November 22nd: 3 Village Interfaith Service November 30th: Rabbi Keren Speaks on Life In Israel December 11th: Homemade Chanukah Candle Workshop December 18th: Brotherhood’s Bernie Friend Latke Bash December 24th thru January 1st: Chanukah and much more... Temple Isaiah Bulletin A Volume 52, Issue 2 A Nov / Dec 2016

Member Union for Reform Judaism

November 2016 / Tishri - Cheshvan / 5777 Sunday


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

Friday Ushers 4 Weitzman 11 Stopsky 18 Kanter

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm

1 Religious School 9 am - 12 pm Sisterhood Rummage Sale Drop off 9 am - 1 pm Sale 1 - 4 pm Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 pm

Sisterhood Rummage Sale 10 am - 1 pm Adult Ed Rabbi Karol Putting God Second 7 - 8:15 pm Sisterhood Rummage Sale 7 - 9 pm

6 LITE – conference No RS Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 pm

7 Book Discussion Group 2 pm Room 5

13 Religious School 9 am - 12 pm Family Ed 9:30 am Tanakh Study 10:30 am - 11:45 pm Youth Group kickoff Social Hall 12 pm


21 Adult Ed Rabbi Karol Putting God Second 7 - 8:15 pm


8 Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm Ritual Committee Mtg 7:30 pm


Religious School Committee Mtg Cindy’s house 8 pm

9 Sisterhood Fashion Show - Watermill 7 pm


Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am Religious School 4:30 - 6:30 pm Three Village Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 7 pm

Adult Ed Rabbi Karol Putting God Second 7 - 8:15 pm

20 No School

Early Morning Study 6:30 - 7:30 am No School Sisterhood Rummage Sale 10 am - 1 pm



3 Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm


Shir Joy Musical Erev Shabbat Service 6 pm

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

Candles: 5:30


Veterans Day Office closed

10 Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 7 - 9 pm Board of Trustees Mtg 8 pm



Candles: 4:23


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

Candles: 4:17

12 Shabbat Morning Torah Study 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service 10 am Parents’ Assoc. Family Fun Night Magic Show 6 - 8:30 pm


Office closed

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

Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm

Candles: 4:13

5 Shabbat Morning Torah Study 8:30-9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service 10 am Brotherhood Comedy Night 8 pm

Erev Shabbat Service 7:30 pm

Thanksgiving Day Office closed





Religious School 4:30-6:30 pm Adult Ed Rabbi Sobel Sacred Aging 7-9 pm



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Rabbi Rabbi Sobel Sobel ‘s ‘s Reflections Reflections When They Go Low, We Go Chai I write this in the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom

hearing more and more unkind words against one people

Kippur. It is the day immediately following the second

or another?

presidential debate.

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

This has been a difficult summer. The rhetoric of the

in July, First Lady Michelle Obama stated: “When they

elections campaigns, the debates themselves seem to

go low, we go high.” She was referring to the fact that

have stooped to unprecedented low levels of degradation.

she and President Obama teach their daughters to take

We are witnessing racism and hatred in our country and

the high road when someone attacks their father and

a return to provincialism. An American-born, Harvard-

maliciously accuses him or slanders him or says horrible

educated New York Times columnist (who happens to be

un-truths. Do not lash out. Do not stoop to their level.

of Asian descent) just wrote of a horrible incident when

There’s another way to behave.

someone shouted at him “Go back home to China!” – but he’s not Chinese, he’s American.) And this is not the first time he has experienced that type of discrimination and hatred because of the way he looks.

As humans, we each don’t need to have the same opinion. We don’t need to believe the same thing. It is perfectly fine to disagree. But we need to do so respectfully. I am entitled to my opinions, and you are entitled

We are living in an era where people have forgotten how

to yours, as long as neither of our opinions compromises

to be kind, where the art of civil discourse has been lost,

anyone’s safety and well-being. We can respectfully

where vitriol and venom spew out of people’s mouths

agree to disagree.

constantly and where hatred and enmity seem to prevail.

We need to remember that each of us is made “b’tzelem

When the would-be leaders of our nation are modeling

Elohim – in the image of God.” And we need to treat

behavior showcasing bullying and disrespect, exhibit-

each other as God’s special and beloved creation, with

ing hostility and mistrust, name-calling and slandering

kindness, love and dignity.

others, what does this teach our children?

As theologian and philosopher Albert Schweitzer once

In a world where every week the news is filled with

said: “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the

another incident of discrimination, terror, mass killings,

sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding,

hatred and war, what message comes across as we keep

mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” Continued on page 9


A Note From The Cantor An Introduction Shalom! Please allow me to introduce myself, especially

I arrived at Temple Isaiah late in August, in time to assist

if we haven’t already met. My name is Cantor Carol

the congregation in welcoming Shabbat on the beach.

Chesler. I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself, where

I have also officiated at Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebra-

I’m from and what I do here at Temple Isaiah.

tions, joined in with the band for Shir Joy, helped lead

I am a mezzo soprano, and I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I received my first guitar at the ripe old age of 9, and developed a strong desire to become a folk singer and classical guitarist. I studied music at the CollegeConservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and then I went on to pursue a career in Jewish music education and Jewish communal services in the Chicago area. I worked for Hillel, serving Jewish college students,

a joint Selichot service with Rabbi Sobel and the clergy team from North Shore Synagogue in Port Jefferson, and helped welcome the New Year with the members of this congregation. My duties include tutoring B’nai Mitzvah and leading the musical portion of our Shabbat services – with much appreciated assistance from our accompanist, Stephen Goldstein – It’s been pretty hectic these past 6 weeks!

as well as a number of synagogues as music teacher,

Presently, in addition to being the cantor of Temple

song-leader and children’s service leader. To learn my

Isaiah, I am also the music director at Camp Ramah

way around Chicago, I performed singing telegrams.

in the Berkshires each summer. I teach music to pre-

When the Jewish Theological Seminary decided to allow women to become invested as cantors, I decided to audition, was accepted, and then left for a year of study in Jerusalem, where I met my husband Barry, a rabbinical student. We married the following year, graduated from

schoolers at 2 different pre-schools in the Roslyn area. At the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, I lead Jewish family programming and teach music to a wide variety of groups. Finally, I lead a weekly Shabbat service for the residents at the Bristal Assisted Living.

JTS 3 years later, and moved to Long Island to serve the

Along with my husband, Rabbi Barry Chesler, I live in

Malverne Jewish Center as a rabbi-cantor couple. During

Huntington with our 4 children, Rafi [23], Aliza [21], Avi

our 6 years in Malverne, I served several other local

[14], and Galit [10]. On behalf of myself and my fam-

congregations as Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor, music teacher

ily, I wish you a joyous, sweet, and fulfilling New Year in

and adult-ed programmer. I then served the Huntington


Jewish Center for 12 years as a full-time cantor.

Cantor Carol Chesler


President’s Report A Thriving Synagogue A thriving synagogue. It’s something all congregations

take for granted or assume to be true, to tell us what we

want to be but what does it really mean? What does

don’t know, and provide a fuller picture.

a thriving synagogue look like? Is it just something to aspire to, or is it a goal that can be achieved?

And it’s a tool, so we can share the learning, identify areas for improvement and utilize the United Jewish

The United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York thinks

Appeal coaching program in at least one of them. The

it’s something that can be achieved. And they’re doing

results will also serve as a benchmark, to give us a base-

something about it. The UJA has created the Synergy

line, so we can measure our progress over time.

program to help synagogues throughout the metropolitan area thrive.

The survey was developed for UJA by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, and was

Key to the Synergy program is a congregational survey,

tested with a pilot group of congregations earlier this

which can be followed by expert coaching in selected

year. It’s on-line, anonymous and should take about

areas of interest or need based on the survey results. All

fifteen minutes of your time. Neither Temple Isaiah nor

of this is provided at little or no cost through the gener-

the UJA will know who completed the survey or what

osity of the United Jewish Appeal. The survey was tested

anyone said. Brandeis will receive your responses, com-

with a pilot group of congregations earlier this year, and

pile the data, and provide us with the final report.

Temple Isaiah is one of a handful of congregations participating in the next phase, launching this month.

For the survey to be most meaningful, it’s important that all adults participate. Not just every family, but every-

The UJA gave the survey a fancy name – the Thriving

body. That includes those of you who come to Temple

Synagogue Learning Tool. It doesn’t exactly roll off the

regularly as well as those of you don’t come as often. It’s

tongue but it’s descriptive. So what does “thriving”

those of you with children in the Religious School, those

mean? We’ll get a profile of “thriving” based on our

with older children and the empty nesters. If you’re in a

collective opinions. We will learn more about ourselves,

family where one person is more into Temple than the

what we do well, where we need to improve. The survey

other, you should still both participate. Same thing if

will help to validate or disprove many of the things we

you’re an Interfaith family. Continued on page 9


of Stony Brook

Proudly Presents

Rabbi Alona Nir Keren

of Congregation Yozma, Modi’in, Israel

Life in Israel:

The Challenges of Being a Liberal Jew Today Wednesday, November 30th at 7:15


Rabbi Alona Nir Keren is newly ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem (she received her smicha on November 18, 2016). She is a born - and bred Israeli, extremely knowledgeable about the religious, political and sociological situation of life in Israel. A We hope you will join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening of learning, discussion and dialogue. Everyone welcome! A RSVP to Morgan: A For any questions, please phone: (631) 751-8518.

Temple Isaiah A 1404 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790 (631) 751- 8518 A A

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Sustaining Members & Friends of Temple Isaiah 2016 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


Mitzvah Partner (cont)

Cynthia & David Lippe

Rose French

Preston Schoenfeld

Suzanne Gabrielsen

Pam Shulder

Anita & Stewart Gaffan

Joan Lebow & Bruce Solomon

Silver Chai Claire Baer

Irene & Bernie Gische

Marge & Paul Weiser

Circle of Enrichment

Barbara Goldberg

Barbara & Bob Yarmus

Linda Barancik

Lina & Robert Gottesman

Cantor Michael & Cherie Trachtenberg

Barbara & Jerry Fine

Barbara & Gary Kamen

Betsy & Joel Ziegler

Honey & Arnie Katz

Laurie & Leon Klempner

Iris & David Schiff

Dreannia & Micheal LeVine

Gloria & Mark Snyder

Perri & Larry Lieblich

Circle of Growth

Marian & Theo Pavlides

Paula & Steve Bennett

Amy & Mort Rosen

Eileen & Adam Fisher

Sue & Dean Rosenzweig

Dale & Marc Salzberg

Myra & Alan Rosofsky

Linda & Rich Stopsky

Diane & Steve Weitzman

Circle of Hope

Mitzvah Partner

Bonnie & Steve Katz

Jeffrey Anker

Judy Albano

Joan & Jason Kitt

Essie & Mark Freilach

Eileen & Joe Donnelly

Irva & Saul Steinweis

Suzan & Alfred Goldhaber

Sharon & Larry Epstein

Phyllis Sterne

Randee Kanter & Pat Urquhart

Shelley & Howard Fleit

Marty Tanzer

Dan Stenzler

Linda & Rodger Jonas

Barbara & Richard Wright

Lori & Howard Stern

Maddy Marx

Phyllis & Dan Turner

Margaret & Jay Schoenfeld


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)


Chai or Multiple Jayne Cohen Shari & Alan Countess Carrie Blank & Steve Fallis Pam Feldman Alan Fisher Penny & Ciro Gentile Marian Guarlnick

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



chance to register for T emple I saiah Chanukah trip to Israel!

Visiting Israel is a Jewish experience like no other. It brings our history alive. Experience the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of our Jewish homeland! Engage with the Israeli Reform Movement. Visit the sites we read about in the Torah! Make great new friends. And so much more! If you are interested in going to Israel with Temple Isaiah, please email Rabbi Sobel:

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

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, November 27th at 1:30 pm. Please call Lillian Goldstein at 862-1747 for more information.

Rabbi Sobel

Continued from page 3

President’s Report

Continued from page 5

I think about these ideas every Friday evening as I read

The survey will launch November 14 and will remain

the words from our prayer book, our siddur, Mishkan

open for a month. We’ll get results – the UJA calls it a

T’filah, which introduce the prayer Mi Chamocha:

profile of thriving – in early 2017. We’ll share them with

In a world torn by violence and pain,

you and begin a conversation about our future.

A world far from wholeness and peace,

We could always use a few more people on the steering

give us the courage to say, Adonai:

committee, so if you’re interested please let me know. I

There is one God in heaven and earth…

look forward to working with you to help Temple Isaiah

Let us continue to work for the day

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

when the nations will be one and at peace.

concerns about Temple Isaiah and its future, feel free

(Mishkan T’filah, CCAR Press, 2007, pg. 157).

to contact me at or at 631-981-

It is my hope, my prayer, my dream that the rhetoric

5128 evenings.

of “violence and pain” will soon end. That people will

come to understand so much more can be accomplished

Jay Schoenfeld President

by living a life of compassion, a life of understanding, a life of dignity and a life of kindness. In a place where there are no human beings, strive to be human. (Pirke Avot, 2:5)


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

Friday, Nov. 4th and Dec. 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 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.


of Stony Brook Presents

Celebrate Shabbat with Rabbi Sharon Sobel, Cantor Carol Chesler & Master Pre-School teacher Diane Weitzman!

Music, Story, Challah, Juice, Shabbat Fun and a Shabbat or Holiday Craft for Children Ages 0 – 6 and their families! Everyone Welcome! Make new friends, join together for an informal dinner and community afterwards!

2016 – 2017 Dates* (all programs take place on Friday @ 5.30


– please note new time)

November 18 • December 16 • January 20 • February 10 March 17 • April 21 • May 19 • June 16 *Dates subject to change. Please watch eblast and website for updates.

P ostings

from the

Parents ’ Association

Welcome back to Religious School! The Parents’ Association is looking forward to a fun and educational year hosting events such as Family Fun Night and Bingo, and supporting Family Education Brunches. Please join us for our first meeting on Sunday, September 25 at 9:30. If you have any questions, please email us at or Co-Chairs Ilene Horan and Ellen Covino


Reduce Your


Your newly revitalized Membership Committee is pleased to introduce an

Exciting Money-Saving Promotion!

Any current 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* The NEW Dues-Paying Member will ALSO receive:

• 18% OFF One Full Year’s Dues!


Please contact Penny or Morgan in 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.


Please Bring a Non-Perishable Food Item for the Food Pantry


Giving Thanks Together


Our Neighbors

Temple Isaiah Hosts the Annual Service Sponsored by the Three Village Clergy Association

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 22nd at 7 pm Temple Isaiah, Stony Brook This will be a child-and-youth friendly celebration, sponsored by the

Three Village Clergy Association Recruiting Singers for this service! We are looking for those who love to sing to represent Temple Isaiah in a combined multi-faith choir. Any one interested please contact Cantor Chesler at: or call the office: (631) 751-8518


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-


“Temple Isaiah Reads” Book Discussion Groups Daytime Group: Mondays at 2:00 pm November 14th

December 12th

Finding Rebecca

by Eoin Dempsey

Pumpkin Flowers

by Matti Friedman

(For more info, please contact Anita Gaffan:

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:

Sacred Aging: A Three-Part Symposium For Care-Givers, For Ourselves, For Those We Love

Tuesdays: 7:30 pm November 29th December 6th and 13th Presenting a Jewish Perspective on Sacred Aging. Introduced and moderated by Rabbi Sharon Sobel Part 1: Successful Retirement: Financial Education for Older Adults: Presented by Preston Schoenfeld, CFP ® Part 2: Building Networks of Support: Who, What, When, How & Why: Facilitated by Michele Albohn Part 3: Health Care Proxies, DNR’s, Wills, & Other Legal Issues to Consider as We Age: Presented by Elder Care Lawyer Steven Kramer

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

Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself (Rabbi Donniel Hartman) with Rabbi Stephen Karol

Mondays: 7:00 – 8:15 pm Dates: October 31st, November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th December 5th, 12th, 19th Why have the monotheistic religions failed to produce societies that live up to their ethical ideals? Rabbi Donniel Hartman, a prominent modern rabbi, tries to answer this question by looking at our own tradition and offering a way for religion to try and heal itself.


Erev Chanukah this Year is Saturday, December 24, 2016 Last Day of Chanukah is January 1, 2017 Celebrate with Family and Friends at Our Temple Isaiah Annual Events!

Brotherhood’s Annual

Bernie Friend Latke Bash Sunday, December 18th at 10:30 am

Latkes, Refreshments and Chanukah Fun for All Ages!


Cocktails and Appetizer Social Evening Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 7:30


at the home of one of our congregants (They will provide the Latkes & Vodka) Let’s Celebrate with a Potpourri of “Chanukah-type” Foods from Around the World! Please RSVP to Penny Gentile at (631) 751-8518 or: to get the Snyder’s address and to let her know what you will bring to share.

Here are a few ideas or use your imagination: A Vegetable pakoras A mini vegetarian egg rolls A crispy sweet potato fries A veggie tempura bites A fried mozzarella sticks w/ sauce A mini donut holes A fruit platter A vegetable platter & dip A cheese & crackers A sweets A other forms of “libations” A and of course, Pepto Bismol

Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 14th


Chai for Chayalim Chanukah Cards Make a difference in the lives of America’s Jewish service members. Please help our soldiers celebrate the Miracle of Lights. Chai for Chayalim Chanukah cards are on sale now. You will receive a set of Chanukah cards for your donation. Chai for Chayalim (Life for Soldiers) is Temple Isaiah’s own initiative. The program is committed to sending religious items, food stuff, and gifts for Chanukah and Passover to American Jewish soldiers who are deployed overseas. Make all checks payable to Temple Isaiah. Mail in your check with the enclosed form or call and request that you be billed. Cards can be picked up at the main office, or you can have them mailed to you. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

So that we may have your Chanukah cards in time for the holiday, please call or return form. Thank you. Name Address Amount of Donation

Amount enclosed

Please Bill me

Will pick up cards

Please mail to the above address

Suggested minimum donation:

18 00



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Shmoozing With Sisterhood Save the Dates! Dear All,

Tuesday, November 8th is BAG DAY

Our Fashion Show at the Watermill is the starring

event of the season. Ladies, feel free to bring your


gentlemen as well, and don’t forget your cameras!

TI Sisterhood Signature Event Fashion Show at the Watermill

Our annual rummage sale is our largest fund raiser

Wednesday, November 16th at 7

off your gently used clothing and household stuff

Fill up a Bag with Clothing for One Low Price am

to 1:00


Clean Up: 1:00 to 3:00


and we need your help and support. Please drop


Our fashion show is going to be the “Event of the

(sorry we cannot accept large, outdated electronics)

Season!” Join us for an evening of excitement and

and help Sisterhood sort your donations. For more

elegance at the newly renovated Watermill Caterers

information or to volunteer: Paula Bennett, pben-

coordinated by Cindy Braun and her team. Sister- or Eileen Donnelly, ebdonnel@

hood’s Fashion Show is guaranteed to be a wonderful

evening complete with a cocktail hour, basket raffles (values over $150) provided by Betsy’s BasketsTM, a 50/50 and gourmet sit-down dinner. The highlight of

TI Sisterhood wishes all of you a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

the evening will be the show, featuring ladies’

Coming in December: Be sure to RSVP early.

fashions from Max & Millie in Port Jefferson Village,

Make Your Own Rolled Beeswax Chanukah Candles

the latest in children’s wear from The Colony Shop

w/ Paula Bennett – Sunday Dec. 11th at 1:00

in Patchogue and our stunning Temple Isaiah Super-

in the Social Hall. Bring your favorite Menorah and

Models. Admission for this wonderful evening is

blow dryer to Temple Isaiah. We will be exchanging

$60pp. Please fill out your response card with the

stories as we create a full set of your very own hand-

number attending and mail with check enclosed

made beeswax Chanukah candles. RSVP by Friday,

(made out to Temple Isaiah Sisterhood) and mail to

December 2nd. (Reserve your spot early; beeswax

Cindy Braun for TI Sisterhood 11 Lake Lane, Lake

does not ship well in cold weather). Refreshments

Grove, NY 11755 (sorry we are not able to bill for

will be served. $18pp materials fee.

this event). Hope to see you there.

Temple Isaiah Sisterhood wishes everyone a Very Happy Chanukah and a Happy Secular New Year.

Sisterhood’s Annual Fall Rummage Sale Sunday, November 6th

Very Sincerely Yours,

Rummage drop off 9:00

Sale open to the public from 1:30 to 4:00


to 1:00

Paula Bennett and Eileen Donnelly


Monday, November 7th 10:00


to 1:00




TI Sisterhood Co-Presidents &

and 7:00 to 9:00



Temple Isaiah Sisterhood Presents

Wednesday, November 16th at 7


Watermill Caterers Smithtown, New York An Exciting Evening of Women’s and Children’s Fashions with a Cocktail Hour, Dinner, and Raffles Featuring Fashions and Accessories from

Max & Millie and The Colonie Shop RSVP by November 9th Reservations Required $60 pp

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


Breaking Bread with B rotherhood Save the Dates! We are knee deep in fallen leaves, which means it is

Other events in the near future will be the Annual

Fall, it is getting colder, and it is time for the Broth-

Super Bowl box ($10.00 a box), which we will have

erhood to get active. We had our annual dinner in

out on Sundays starting in January, an afternoon

the Sukkah on a dry and very warm October evening.

watching football at the Bench Warmer’s Tavern (Date

We ate, drank, discussed sports, ate more, argued

& Game to be announced) and the Richard Wright

about the upcoming election and listened to Steve

Night at the LI Ducks (granted that will be in July).

Weitzman’s Annual Sukkah Spiel. More importantly, there was absolutely NO locker room talk!

Please continue to support our Las Vegas and Comedy Night sponsors, along with the businesses that

Our next big event will be Comedy Night on Saturday,

donated prizes to our various raffles. Many of them

November 12th at 7:00

The comics are booked,

donate to Temple-related events all year long. We try

the band is working on new songs and it is going

to separate ourselves from the general populace by

to be better than last year, which was really good!

making sure they know that we (the Brotherhood and

Tickets are on sale NOW. Get your table reservations

Temple Community) patronize them.


in early and start planning your menus. You can now pay by credit card, using the Temple’s Website! Contact me or the main office to reserve you tickets and table assignments. Pay/pick up tickets that night. Please bring in an item of men’s toiletries, cleaning or kitchen supplies, which will be donated to the Hope House Drug Center for Young Men in Port Jeff Village. The office has the complete list of items requested. This will help with the battle against heroin addiction that is hitting our area in epic proportions. Brotherhood will be cooking latkes for the Hanukkah Carnival! It is the longest running event the Temple has, going back many decades and generations. It’s a perfect time to come and get involved with Brotherhood and find out what it’s all about! Plus, you get to

Our next meeting will be Sunday November 6th at 9:09 in the kitchen, be there early for lox, bagels and fresh fruit! There will be a lot of business to discuss and many events to start planning. Take this time to join in on the fun, hard work and eating, that makes our Brotherhood so great. If there is not an activity that interests you, then come in and tell us of an activity that does! New, old and young members are always welcome. FYI: You can stay alert to the latest Brotherhood events by going to the Temple Isaiah website at www. … click on the “Get Involved” heading on the left side of the page and then click on the “Brotherhood” button.

eat latkes fresh out of the bubbling oil, have a good

Alan Fisher

cry from the onions, and smell of burning latke oil for

Brotherhood President

the next week! / Mobile: 631-704-6143



Media Watch Israel Israel’s Moral Imperative 1. Archaeologists excavating Israeli national park near Mt. Hebron unearth gate shrine from the first Temple

period. Thought to be associated with King Hezekiah, artifacts at the site comport well with Biblical

account. “According to the Biblical narrative, the city’s gates were the place where ‘everything took

place’: the city elders, judges, governors, kings and officials.” Lachish-National-Park-468904 2. New Dead Sea Scroll fragments brought to light, 2,000 years old, recording parts of the books of Genesis,

Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, Ruth, Kings, Micah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Joshua, Judges,

Proverbs, Numbers, Psalms, Ezekiel and Jonah. 3. The Jewish People’s indisputable Middle East heritage is under spurious attack, while archaeologists

continue to prove the Jewish People’s connection to Jerusalem. Jerusalem-467343 4. Israel and the U.S. signed an historic defense agreement worth $38 billion over 10 years, the largest such

pledge in American history. aide-package-467730 5. Israeli PM Netanyahu, in his wide ranging September 22 UN speech, calls upon the UN to quit its Israel

obsession, highlights Arab rejectionism and frames his argument that the conflict with the Palestinians is

not about settlements but the elimination of his country. 6. “Palestinian Cleric Abdallah Ayed in an Al-Aqsa Mosque Address: Oh Allah, Blow Up the Capitals and

Planes of U.S. and Russia” 7. UC Berkeley flouts academic standards in re-instating anti-Zionist Israel demonizing course. decision-to-reinstate-anti-zionism-course-constitutes capitulation-to-israel-demonizers/

Larry Weber


This Month


Jewish History

November / December


November 25, 1622 (Denmark) In a letter to the Amsterdam Jewish Council, King Christian IV promised to allow Jews certain privileges, including freedom of worship. Denmark became the first Scandinavian country to permit Jewish settlement. November 29, 1947 (United States) The United Nations voted in favor of the establishment of the State of Israel as a national homeland for the Jewish people. Jews around the world reacted with dancing in the streets. November 30, 1947 (Eretz Israel) The first stage of the Israeli War of Independence begins, with Arabs proclaiming a general strike and attacking the commercial quarter near the Old City of Jerusalem. Benjamin Disraeli

December 2, 1763 (United States) Congregation Yeshuat Yisrael in Newport, Rhode Isdland, dedicated its synagogue. Now known as Touro Synagogue, after its first hazzan, Isaac Touro, the house of worship is the oldest synagogue still standing in the United States. December 4, 1812 (Argentina) Though the Inquisition would only officially be abolished the following year, President Bernardino Rivadavia (1780-1845) called for freedom of immigration and promised the preservation of Jews’ basic human rights.

Henrietta Szold

December 11, 1563 (Belarus) Ivan the Terrible captured Polotsk, one of the oldest Jewish communities in Lithuania, and ordered all Jews to be baptized. The 300 Jews who refused were drowned in the Dvina River. December 30, 1901 (Switzerland) The Jewish National Fund was created at the 5th Zionist Congress in Basel. Conceived of by Dr. H. Schapira, it was dedicated to purchasing and reclaiming land in order to create a national homeland. Today the JNF is actively involved in afforestation, water reserves, and the environment, as well as education. December, 1909 (Eretz Israel) Degania, the first kibbutz (or collective settlement) was founded in Eretz Israel. Each kibbutz of the movement was independent and democratically governed. Membership was voluntary and all earnings and expenses were shared.

Scarlet Johansson

Jewish Birthdays in November & December: A Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice: 11/13/1856 A Chaim Weizmann, Israeli President: 11/17/1874 A Kerri Strug, Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast: 11/19/1977 A Goldie Hawn, Actress: 11/21/1946 A Sid Luckman, Hall of Fame Quarterback: 11/21/1916 A Scarlet Johansson, Actress: 11/22/1984 A Gloria Steinem, Feminist/Journalist: 11/24/1935 A Jon Stewart, Comedian: 11/28/1962 A Bette Midler, Singer/Actress: 12/1/1945 A Sarah Silverman, Comedian: 12/1/1970 A Kirk Douglas, Actor: 12/9/1916 A Mayim Bialik, Actress: 12/12/1975 A Steven Spielberg, Director: 12/18/1946 A Henrietta Szold, Hadassah Founder: 12/21/1860

Jon Stewart

A Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister: 12/21/1804 A Barney Ross, Boxing Champion: 12/23/1909 A Sandy Koufax, Hall of Fame Pitcher: 12/30/1935 A Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi Hunter: 12/31/1908


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.


Welcome New Members

A To Barbara and Jacob Wright on the death of

A Dennis and Vicki Hoffman A Gil Danieli, Laura Gewurtz and Ben, Noah & Molly A Gregg, Jennifer, Austin and Hayden Jarit A Fred and Fran Gross A Andrew, Athena, Asher, Celia, Ezra, Levi and

beloved husband and father Richard Wright

A To Judy Albano on the death of her aunt Grace

Wexler Sanberg

A To Matthew Hecht on the death of his Grandfather

Perry Cumsky

A To Jackie Herschander on the death of her mother

Judith Jacobs

A To Eric Baum on the death of his grandfather

Solomon Boxer

A To Gladys Rothbell on the death of her niece

Peggy Kerschenbaum and her sister Arlene Bloom

A To Norma Michael on the death of her husband

Paul Michael

Ilon Gordon

A Roger,Laura, and Micah Sher A David Sher A Gary and Anita Weinstein A Arnold and Gail Markowitz A Lewis Edelstein A Daniel and Charles Marks A Charles Miller

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

Fund to Feed the Hungry

In memory of Harold Hirsch Jerrold & Cheryl Hirsch In memory of Mae Muhlrad Pat & Jeff Muhlrad

In In In In In In In In

Beautification Fund In memory of Sophie Kaysen Sheri Robbins

Camp Fund In memory of Fay Kaminsky Diane & Stephen Weitzman In memory of Jerry Kaminsky Diane & Stephen Weitzman In memory of Ida Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman In memory of Joseph Weitzman Diane & Stephen Weitzman In memory of Jean Olken Diane & Stephen Weitzman In honor of the birth of Eden Fay Weitzman Iris & David Schiff In honor of the birth of Benjamin Bonnie & Steve Katz In honor of the birth of Eden Fay Alan & Myra Rosofsky A speedy recovery to Ivan Ensler Diane & Stephen Weitzman In honor of the birth of Eden Fay Weitzman Ivan & Ilene Ensler Sue & Dean Rosenzweig Harold Guberman & Tina Dunayer Suzan & Fred Goldhaber Mort Rosen & Amy Rosen Bonnie & Steve Katz Essie & Mark Freilach

Cantor’s Discretionary Fund Congratulations to Donna Newman Randee Kanter & Pat Urquhart

memory of Minnie Mayer Cohen Gerald & Tamra Stoller memory of Gertrude Rosenzweig Arlene Gitter memory of Blanche Tyler Davis Mort Rosen & Amy Rosen memory of Tillie Lowett Mort Rosen & Amy Rosen memory of Annette Friedman Myra & Alan Rosofsky memory of Rich Wright Iris & David Schiff honor of Alice Schleifer’s Progress Iris & David Schiff memory of Annette Friedman Alan & Myra Rosofsky

Israel Fund In In In In In

memory of William Stern memory of Jennie Frankenstein memory of Irving Frank memory of Adolph Stern The Gerstein Family memory of Harry Berman Myrna & John Ruisi

Joseph Karol Youth Scholarship Fund In memory of Pauline Newman Ellie Tepper In honor of the marriage of Rabbi Karol & Donna Siani Rose French

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


Sunshine Funds & Other Donations Music Fund

Rabbi Karol Youth Lounge (cont)

Wishing a speedy recovery to Alice Schleifer Perri Fitterman & Larry Lieblich In memory of Leon Agatstein Eleanor Agatstein In memory of Martin Sandberg Judy Albano In honor of the birth of Eden Fay Weitzman Perri Fitterman & Larry Lieblich In honor of the wedding of Rabbi Karol and Donna Siani Morgan & David Antwork In memory of Adeline Gershenson Marion & Theo Pavlidis In memory of Rich Wright Sue & Dean Rosenzweig Harold Guberman & Tina Dunayer Eileen & Joe Donnelly Marge & Paul Weiser Carole-Ann Gordon In honor of the marriage of Rabbi Karol & Donna Siani Alan & Myra Rosofsky

Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library In In In In In In In

memory of Sol Fleit Howard & Shelley Fleit memory of Estelle Fleit Howard & Shelley Fleit honor of Alec Rosofsky’s Wedding Mark & Gloria Snyder honor of Alec Rosofsky’s Wedding Iris & David Schiff honor of the birth of Eden Fay Weitzman Sue & Dean Rosenzweig honor of the birth of Benjamin Sue & Dean Rosenzweig memory of Charlotte Berke Alan & Myra Rosofsky

Rabbi Karol Youth Lounge Fund In honor of the marriage of Rabbi Karol & Donna Siani Essie & Mark Freilach Claire Baer Myrna & John Ruisi Randee Kanter & Pat Urquhart

Harold Guberman & Tina Dunayer Alan & Myra Rosofsky

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

memory of Janusz Bardach Arnie & Honey Katz memory of Nettie Deifik Arnie & Honey Katz memory of Judith Swerdloff Mark & Carol Swerdloff memory of David Rosenthal Paul Rosenthal memory of Ruben Bernstein Harvey & Maureen Bernstein memory of Harlean Bernstein Gary & Linda Bernstein memory of Henry Klempner Laurie & Leon Klempner memory of Arthur Kaufman Steven & Ellen Kuhn memory of Moishe Davis Clara Davis memory of Morris Adelson Clara Davis memory of Ruth Samuels Pat & Jeff Muhlrad memory of Carole Rosenthal Paul Rosenthal honor of Rabbi Karol & Donna Siani Ivan & Ilene Ensler memory of Rose Taber Marshall Lacoff memory of Oscar Gische memory of Rose Cohen memory of Nathan Gische memory of Alice Gische Bernie & Irene Gische memory of Arlene Bloom Mark & Mona Saidens memory of David Taber Marshall Lacoff honor of Rabbi Sobel’s Birthday Eileen & Joe Donnelly honor of the baby naming of Nell Wallace Ilene & Glenn Steinhauer


Sunshine Funds & Other Donations Rabbi Harvey Witman Religious School Fund In memory of Anna Mark Daniel & Phyllis Turner In honor of the birth of Eden Fay Joan & Jack Abbey In honor of Michael Witman’s Engagement Carole-Ann Gordon Harold Guberman & Tina Dunayer

Vivian Kohn Fund In memory of Martin Meltzer Diane & Stephen Weitzman In memory of Rich Wright Diane & Stephen Weitzman A speedy recovery to Barbara Meyer Diane & Stephen Weitzman

Worship Fund

Special Projects Fund

A speedy recovery to Barbara Meyer Carole-Ann Gordon

In honor of the birth of Eden Fay Weitzman Randee Kanter & Pat Urquhart

Youth Group Fund

Tikkun Olam Fund

In honor of the birth of Eden Fay Weitzman Barbara & Bruce Meyer In memory of Etta Lieberman Martin & Paula Lieberman

In memory of Lou Goldberg Jerome & Diane Cymerman In honor of the marriage of Rabbi Karol & Donna Siani Alan & Myra Rosofksy


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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 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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