Author, activist, academic Dr. Jay Michaelson guest scholar-in-residence
Temple Israel will welcome author, activist and academic Dr. Jay Michaelson as guest scholar-in-residence Dec. 5-7 as part of the temple’s Spiritual Health and Wellness speakers series. Michaelson, whose weekend theme will be "What Is Spiritual Health?" will speak at Shabbat Friday evening and Saturday morning services and lead a text study session. On Sunday, Dec. 7, Michaelson will give a two-part presentation: an introductory morning session, "Getting Serious About Your Spiritual Health," followed by an afternoon hands-on session when he leads a "Spiritual Health Workout." Open to the public, the Sunday program, which includes a light lunch, is $18 advance registration, $25 at the door, free for Temple Israel members. Contact the Temple office to register today!
Light up the night with Chanukah, New Members Shabbat dinner and festivities
Light up the night – literally – while celebrating Shabbat Chanukah and our newest Temple Israel family members, on Friday, Dec. 19. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Community Menorah Lghting, followed at 6 p.m. with a Family Chanukah Dinner, Menorah-Building Contest with awards and prizes, and a Song & Dance Fest. Then join us for our 7:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service, as we welcome new members and enjoy Chanukah music performed by our own Temple Israel Singers. Make your dinner reservations today!
Temple ushers in a Season of Giving
A look at Temple Israel’s calendar and it’s clear to see this is the Season of Giving. This month, the congregation’s Dorothy Serotta Social Justice Forum is spearheading a Thanksgiving Day Volunteer Opportunity, joining with Faith in the City to participate in the annual Branches Thanksgiving Meal Program. For December, Sisterhood will reach out to the temple’s away-from-home college students to send Chanukah Care Packages. And because this is the time when many of us like to spread holiday cheer to those who need it most, Temple Israel is having a Toy Drive to benefit families at Chapman Partnership: Empowering the Homeless and a Volunteer Night Christmas Eve to serve dinner, distribute gifts and mingle with Chapman families.
Kick off 2015 with Temple Israel, which in January will present a variety of musical, thought-provoking and educational events sure to appeal to a range of ages and interests. Starting out on a high note January 10th will be the seventh annual Winter Jewish Music Concert, presenting the best of Jewish music – Yiddish, Ladino, Israeli, Sephardic, cantorial, classical, jazz, folk, pop, and more – presented by acclaimed performers from around the country. The next afternoon, recording artist Peri Smilow and award-winning Jewish a capella college group Tizmoret will give a rousing performance for audiences of all ages. Later in the month, on January 25th, hear bestselling author Dr. Raymond Moody, a medical doctor and doctor of philosophy who The New York Times calls “the father of near-death experiences,” speak on “Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experience.” Then, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, Temple Israel will host “A Holocaust Seder,’ an intergenerational, interfaith event that will include readings, music and excerpts of videoed interviews with congregants who are spouses or children of survivors. Join us for one or all of these amazing events.