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Friday, October 24, 2014 7:00 PM
Family Shabbat
Lively singing and stories with Cantor Bromberg and Rabbi Litwin, followed by a celebratory Oneg
Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:30 AM
Study with Cantor Bromberg
Study with Cantor Bromberg:
Seeking the Spirit in Ritual
Sunday, October 26, 2014 1:30 PM
BMC & B'Yachad Family Hike at Ramapo
Hike through Ramapo Reservation, Mahwah. Easy-to-moderate trail, but leave the strollers home. Co-sponsored by the congregation’s Brandeis Men’s Club
Donuts and apple cider refreshments
Friday, October 31, 2014 8:30 PM
Musical Shabbat
Dr. Ralph Selig on organ accompanying Cantor Bromberg
Saturday, November 1, 2014 11:00 AM
Tot Shabbat
Children, parents and grandparents can celebrate a 45 minute program Shabbat with Cantor Bromberg
Sunday, November 2, 2014 8:45 AM
Mitzvah Day Activities
annual community wide volunteer day program
Interfaith Blood Drive --8:45 am-2:00 pm
New Book Drive; Eyeglasses; Towels & blankets for animal shelter
Sunday, November 2, 2014 9:30 AM
Homeless Feeding
Cooking at temple for Serving on November 4th in Hackensack
Friday, November 7, 2014 7:00 PM
Musical Shabbat Family Service
Temple Israel Musicians accompanying Cantor Bromberg
Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:30 AM
Study with Cantor Bromberg
Study with Cantor Bromberg:
Seeking the Spirit in Ritual
Sunday, November 9, 2014 7:00 PM
Sisterhood's Book Group
Sisterhood's Book Group
meet at Liz Gordon's home. We will be reading
The Luminaries by Elizabeth Catton.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6:00 PM
Man of the Year
Northern New Jersey Region Man (& Youth) of the Year Dinner
Please show Manny Haber & Jerry Vogel your support by joining us at the FJMC Regional Dinner honoring them and other Northern New Jersey Men’s Club Man & Youth of The Year awardees.
Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield, New Jersey at 6:00 PM.
Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30 PM
Musical Shabbat
Dr. Ralph Selig on organ accompanying Cantor Bromberg
Friday, November 21, 2014 6:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat/ Scholar in Residence
Family Shabbat dinner and Scholar in residence lecture “Sephardic Jewry Comes of Age: How Golden Was it?”

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Study with Rabbi Fine

Sunday Morning Lecture Series: “The History of Jewish Life in Muslim Lands”


•Jan 4: Muhammad and the Jews

•Jan 11: Guest Lecturer: Mahmoud Hamza, communal leader of the Muslim Society of Ridgewood

•Jan 25: The Islamic Conquests and the Jews

•Feb 1: Judeo-Arab Culture

•Feb 22: Maimonides: The Most Famous Arab Jew

•Mar 15: Legacies of “The Golden Age of Spain”

•Mar 29: Jews in the Ottoman Empire

•Apr 12: Jewish and Arab Nationalism

•Apr 26: Jews, Arabs, and the State of Israel

•May 10: Judaism and Islam: Between Extremists and Apologists

Recommended reading, in connection with Rabbi’s class:


Study with Cantor Bromberg: Seeking the Spirit Within Ritual

Thanks to an anonymous donor, this class is offered free of charge.


Join Cantor Bromberg on a journey of self-discovery by exploring the depths of prayer. 

Find out how our traditional liturgy can help answer our deepest questions


Classes meet on eight Sundays, 10:30 am to noon starting October 26.


Blood Drive November 2nd 8:45 - 2:00pm


Seventy-Five Years After Kristallnacht, Insider to Provide Insight into Jewish Life in Today’s Germany

Max Aaron Strachman Memorial Author Lecture and Book Signing: 

Sunday, November 16th, 10:30 AM


It has been seventy-five years since Jewish homes, businesses and houses of worship throughout Germany were burned and looted during the terrifying “Night of Broken Glass,” Kristallnacht. Today, a different generation and different values have taken root in a society where Jewish life has re-emerged. But what is it really like to be a German Jew in 2014?


Yascha Mounk, an instructor at Harvard University and a Jeff and Cal Leonard Fellow at the New America Foundation, 

will take us inside that reality in a frank conversation based on his newly published book: “Stranger in My Own Country. A Jewish Family in Modern Germany“ 



    Manny Haber and Jerry Vogel to be honored 

    at the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs NJ Regional Dinner



    “Golden Age of Spain,” 

     The Adele Rebell Memorial Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat. Temple Israel is pleased to host Dr. Benjamin Gampel, the Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), for three talks on the theme, Crisis and Creativity in Traditional Jewish Cultures

    Friday-Saturday, November 21st-22nd


    JFNNJ Offers New Communal Adult Ed Program: 

    Study with Rabbi Fine and Other Local Rabbis

    See brochure at link above!

    To request a paper application please contact Sarah at 



    Worship With Us!

    Sukkot Services (1st Day): Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 am–Don’t forget your lulav & etrog.   

    Sukkot Services (2nd Day) Friday, October 10 at 9:00 am-Don’t forget your lulav & etrog.

    Candle Lighting for this Shabbat is at 6:07 pm.  Friday night services are at 6:30 pm followed by dinner in the Sukkah (RSVP only).

    Shabbat morning services begin at 9:00 am.   During Shabbat morning, we will have our “Muffins and Mishnah” program where the early part of the service, consisting of Rabbi Fine’s Mishnah lesson and introductory psalms, will be conducted in the Sukkah with muffins and coffee.  Babysitting is available at 9:00 am in Room 5.

    Tot Shabbat: Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am in the Sukkah.  Children, parents, and grandparents are invited.  Celebrate Shabbat & Sukkot with Cantor Bromberg with songs, prayers, stuffed torahs, and stories.  Shabbat is a 45-minute program for newborns through 4 years old.

    Sunday minyan is at 9:00 am in the Sukkah.  Please note time change.

     Temple Israel 


    Ordination in Wroclaw

    Two Ridgewood Rabbis, Dr. David J. Fine and Daniel Freelander, go to Polish ceremonies for German Seminary

    News in the Jewish Standard, September 19, 2014

    From the Rabbi's Study

    Sergeant Bergdahl, President Obama and the Halakhah of Pidyon Shevuyim

    As published in The Jewish Standard, June 12, 2014.

    The controversy surrounding the prisoner exchange of Taliban terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a story that the Jewish people knows well.  

    Rabbi Fine - Op-Ed

    A resurgence of anti-Semitism in a different world 

    The Jewish Standard

    "This year, Passover was met with two terrible reminders that the dangers posed by anti-Semitism continue to haunt us."

    One Book One Community

      Jewish Standard

    On April 3, Ridgewood’s Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center will host the culminating event

    Honoring Jose Serna 

     Jewish Standard

    Mr. Serna is the Conservative congregation’s longest tenured staff member. Since 1989, he has set up for countless numbers of celebrations, High Holiday services and just about everything else that happens at the synagogue. But at Saturday’s Ways and Means Dinner, more 200 people came to the shul. This time, they were there to honor Mr. Serna. He had 11 family members on hand, and at least five flew in from his native Colombia just to be with him at the dinner.

    Rabbi Fine on Gun Violence Prevention -

    Jewish Standard

    "And so, my synagogue and I are engaging the issue of gun prevention, and on the Shabbat morning of March 15 we will be learning about the problem, finding out what we can work towards to better our society, joining with other houses of worship across the country and across denominational and faith lines, and praying that we be blessed with peace under God’s protective wing."

    Ridgewood High School graduate returns to hometown synagogue 

    to urge young American Jews to tour West Bank, 

    ‘See for Themselves’ competing Israeli & Palestinian narratives 

     Jewish Standard

      Temple Talk >>








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