Temple Beth Israel is a Reform Jewish congregation where members may freely explore and express their Judaism in an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. Our friendly, diverse and multi-generational community is:
Bet Midrash (A Community of Study) - Education is at the center of our congregational life, offering vibrant and thought provoking Jewish learning for adults, children and families.
Bet T'fillah (A House of Prayer) - Weekday, Shabbat and Holy Day services engage our members of all ages and provide worship experiences to meet the diverse needs of our community.
Bet K'nesset (A Place of Gathering) - We are a community of friends, coming together to celebrate life's joys, cope with life's challenges and work to improve the world.
At Temple Beth Israel the vitality of our present and the promise of our future grow from the roots of our history and tradition. We believe that Jewish life finds its best expression when lived within a community, and so we support each other and strive to create personal connections within our membership, with Israel and with the greater household of the Jewish people.
Join us this Friday as we welcome Shabbat, January 13, 2017 at 6:00PM for a Family Friendly Service. This young family-oriented (tot-5th grade) Shabbat service will also include dinner, a special Shabbat craft, PJ Library stories, and dancing. We're asking families to bring a favorite new or gently used PJ Library book to be donated to a family reading area located in the back of the Lorge Sanctuary. The cost will be $10 per adult, $5 per child, $25 max per household. RSVP accepted through Wednesday, January 11, 2017. SIGN UP TODAY! ALL ARE WELCOME! Click here to register. Contact Jessica Eisenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debra Spiegel at email@example.com with any questions.
♦MEET AUTHOR MICHAL LEMBERGER AT OUR SHABBAT SERVICE—
We gather for Erev Shabbat evening worship on Friday January 13, 2017 at 7:30PM in the Lorge Sanctuary. You don’t want to miss the promising-to-be-fabulous educational Shabbat evening featuring our guest best-selling novelist, Michal Lemberger. Michal will discuss her most recent book, After Abel and Other Stories, a collection of nine short stories that give voice to silent, oft-marginalized biblical women, and their ambitions, their love for their children, their values, their tremendous struggles and challenges.
As for Michal’s background, she was born and raised in New York, received a BA in English and Religion from Barnard College and a MA and PhD in English from UCLA. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. Her nonfiction and journalism have appeared in Slate, Salon, Tablet, and other publications, and her poetry has been published in a number of print and online journals, including The Bellevue Literary Review and The Rattling Wall. “Lot’s Wife,” from After Abel and Other Stories, was featured in Lilith Magazine, and “”City of Refuge” appeared in LitroNY. Dec-Jan_Bulletin_Lemberger1.pdf
♦SHABBAT MORNING TORAH STUDY—
Join with Rabbi Weinberg and TBI members as we meet over the text of Torah and together explore its meaning, 9:00AM – 10:15AM in Rabbi’s Study. Newcomers welcome!
♦T'FILLOT NASHIM A SPECIAL WORSHIP EXPERIENCE—
You are invited to join us for our T'fillot Nashim (Women's Prayers) Shabbat morning service on Saturday, January 14, 2016 at 10:30AM. The service will be led by Sisterhood TBI members. Koleynu will be enhancing our service with their voices. Our special guest speaker will be Judy Levey, Executive Director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. There will be a kiddush luncheon following services. Everyone is welcome to attend the service and the luncheon. Please contact Linda Janush firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 965-0109 or Gale Nudelman at email@example.com or (847) 732-6875 with any questions.
♦BOOK OF ISAIAH 101—
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, 9:00AM – 10:00AM, our Sunday morning study group will examine the Book of Isaiah. No previous Torah class required; newcomers are always welcome. Each week this adult education class will read, discuss and try to unravel the meaning and message of a portion of the Book of Isaiah.
♦SUNDAY MORNING SEMINAR—
Our next seminar will be on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 10:00AM on the topic: The Kaddish: Its Real Meaning and Purpose. In a definitive study, recently published by Paradigm Press, Rabbi Herbert Bronstein reveals the Kaddish, a "marker" of Jewish identity among Jews and non-Jews alike, came to serve as a mourner's prayer only late in our history. The key components of its content actually show how it is a great expression of the Judaic world outlook. Rabbi Bronstein will give a brief presentation and then open the floor to questions. Rabbi Bronstein was chairman of both the Reform Rabbinic Liturgy committee and the Reform Worship Commission for many years. He chaired the committee that produced Gates of Prayer and is the editor of the Reform Haggadah. Education_at_a_Glance_Dec-Jan.pdf