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Ridgewood High School graduate returns to hometown synagogue to urge young American Jews to tour West Bank, ‘See for Themselves’ competing Israeli & Palestinian narratives
 
Friday, February 21st, during Kabbalat Services, beginning 8:30 pm

Temple Israel, 475 Grove Street, Ridgewood


February X, 2014—Jonathan Emont, a 2008 graduate of Ridgewood High School who celebrated his bar mitzvah at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in the village, will return home on Friday, February 21st to speak about Extend, an 8-month-old organization he co-founded and co-directs. His talk will focus on the importance of giving young American Jews the opportunity to listen to and engage with the differing Palestinian and settler perspectives on the historic Israeli-Palestinian conflict by seeing it up close.

Through its heavily subsidized, five-day tours of the West Bank that may be tacked onto a birthright Israel trip, Extend offers young adults a chance to meet with Palestinian leaders; representatives of Israeli settler councils; international human rights lawyers; and members of joint Israeli-Palestinian organizations working for greater understanding between the two peoples. The experience includes seminar-style discussions about the critical and timely issues related to the conflict, held in a safe and comfortable environment that encourages participants to speak up and express their opinions, however controversial. 

So far, Extend has run three tours that have attracted, in total, nearly 50 students, since Jonathan launched it with a friend, following his own first touring experience in Israel in 2012. He was there as part of a delegation of college newspaper editors, after graduating that year from Swarthmore College with a major in history. Extend is now Jonathan’s full-time job, although he also writes about politics and identity issues in the Middle East; his essays have appeared in The Tablet; The American Prospect; and Slate.

More about Jonathan’s personal story and the mission of Extend may be found at: http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/twilight-zone/.premium-1.570193

Following his talk during regular Kabbalat Shabbat services, which begin at 8:30 pm on Friday, February 21st, Jonathan will lead a question-and-answer session. 

The presentation, sponsored by Temple Israel’s Israel Affairs Committee, is free and open to the community. 
Reporters/Editors: For interview opportunities, please call the Temple office at (201) 444-9320 or email Jane Rosen, communications chair, at janeruth515@gmail.com. 

Located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood, Temple Israel is a Conservative egalitarian congregation that warmly welcomes everyone to join us: families, singles and couples of every generation and all levels of observance, previous affiliation, interfaith relationships, varied family structure and sexual orientation.



Temple Israel continues its “Winter Music Saturdays” with All-Chopin concert on February 8 at 7:45pm

Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood will continue its series of “Winter Music Saturdays” on February 8 with a concert by pianist and Temple member Jonathan Taylor performing works by Chopin.

Jonathan Taylor comes from a musical family with relatives in the Metropolitan Opera and the LA / Portland / Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. Mr. Taylor received piano training from Morton Estrin since age 8, and continued his classical musical studies at Case Western Reserve University and SUNY Stony Brook. He has been involved in multiple school productions and community orchestras as a piano soloist. In addition, he has been a rock-and-roll keyboard artist professionally and is a member of The Maccabeats, a local band composed primarily of Temple Israel congregants. Mr. Taylor frequently serves as a soloist and accompanist at Temple Israel musical events.

The evening begins at 7:45pm with a brief Havdalah service in which we bid goodbye to Shabbat, followed by the hour-long concert and a dessert reception with the artist. All are welcome and a $10 donation is requested. However, contributions of any amount to the Temple Israel music program will be gratefully received.  

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Concert by Israeli musicians at Temple Israel on Saturday January 11, 2014
2nd Presentation in “Winter Music Saturdays” Series


Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood continues this year’s series of “Winter Music Saturdays” on January 11. Three musicians, including Israeli musicians Shmuel Katz and Moran Katz, and pianist Anna Polonsky, will play works by Mozart and Max Bruch.

The evening begins at 7:45 with a brief Havdalah service in which we bid goodbye to Shabbat, followed by the hour-long concert and a dessert reception with the artists. All are welcome and a $10 donation is requested. However, contributions of any amount to the Temple Israel music program will be gratefully received.  

This concert is sponsored by Temple Israel member Richard Schnaittacher in honor of his father, Fred Schnaittacher, and in honor of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF), which supports artistic life in Israel. This will be the first event and launching point for AICF’s 75th Anniversary in the US. Since 1939, AICF has played a leading role in helping develop and fund many of Israel's largest cultural institutions. Most of Israel's finest artists have received assistance from AICF. Among those supported have been Itzhak Perlman, Menashe Kadishman, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Museum, and the Batsheva Dance Company.

Shmuel Katz (on viola) serves as principal violist with the Mostly Mozart festival orchestra and with the Pennsylvania Ballet. He is a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and plays regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has appeared as concertmaster and soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and has toured with the orchestra in Europe, Asia and North America. Mr. Katz has recorded for EMI, Deutche Grammophon and Ondine labels, with The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His studio work in New York includes albums of Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Lou Reed as well as nearly 20 movie soundtracks He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied violin and viola with Pinchas Zukerman and Michael Tree. Before leaving for New York, he studied in Israel with Haim Taub, Ora Shiran, and Yair Kless. He also performed in master classes given by Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein, and Alexander Schneider.

Pianist Anna Polonsky has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. She has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Ida and Ani Kavafian, and Arnold Steinhardt. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena (Colombia), and Bard. Ms. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Polonsky received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master's Degree from the Juilliard School. She was a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2003, and of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award in 2011.

Recent First Prize winner of the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, clarinetist Moran Katz also received the Audience Choice Prize as well as the Artistic Encouragement Prize by the Houston Symphony musicians. Ms. Katz has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic, SWR sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Collegium Musicum Basel, Houston Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, Albany Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Ensemble ACJW, New Juilliard Ensemble, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble. A clarinetist for the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble "Continuum", a member of the cutting edge group "The Decoda" and a co-founder of the innovative "SHUFFLE Concert", Ms. Katz recorded for Albany Records, Naxos, Tzadik and Innova labels and premiered music by Mario Davidovsky, Roberto Sierra, Huang Ruo, Avner Dorman, Richard Wilson, Virko Baley, Joseph Bardanashvili and Jonathan Keren. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Katz was a member of Ensemble ACJW and a fellow of The Academy, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced once a month by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel continues Winter Music Saturdays on December 14 at 7:45 PM

Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood will continue its series of Winter Music Saturdays on December 14 at 7:45 p.m. Performing at this concert will be Duo Music, comprised of violinist and musicologist Gabriel Schaff and pianist Leslie Frost. Mr. Schaff and Ms. Frost will perform a program that includes pieces by Beethoven as well as Jewish composers including Salamone Rossi (1613), Henryk Wieniawski, Anton Rubinstein, C.-V. Alkan, Aaron Copland, and Kurt Weill.

Gabriel Schaff was admitted to Philadelphia’s New School of Music at the age of
16, where he studied with the Curtis String Quartet. One year later he won a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music to study with internationally acclaimed violinist Erick Friedman, later collaborating with him for a decade at the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. Mr. Schaff is a free-lance violinist in the greater New York area and appears regularly with leading symphony, opera, and ballet ensembles, in addition to frequent chamber and recital collaborations. In recent seasons he has appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (U.S. tour), American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, New York Virtuosi, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, on Broadway, and on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. He is the concertmaster of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra in New York City and founder and Artistic Director of the Englewood Chamber Players. Recent projects have included a retrospective of the composers of 1810 (Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt), and bicentennial performances of the music of Wagner, Verdi and Alkan. Mr. Schaff has performed throughout the world as well as on National Public Radio and Television, New Jersey Network, and on commercial radio and network television. He is on the faculty at Essex County College and Felician College, as well as a guest lecturer at Rutgers
University (Camden), Oberlin College, and the Shanghai Conservatory. He is currently a DMA candidate at Rutgers University.

Leslie Frost is dedicated to piano performance at the highest level, holds two
degrees in piano performance, and is a sought-after collaborative pianist. She has worked as a professional accompanist at Interlochen Arts Camp, toured with Tucson Girls Chorus, and performed chamber music across the United States. Also an accomplished singer, Leslie is trained in vocal technique and performance and has performed extensively as a vocalist, including the Seattle Symphony Chorale and Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble. A passionate and versatile educator, Leslie has taught in a wide variety of settings from preschool to adult education. She has developed innovative curricula and educational programs exploring the world of music, including drumming workshops.

Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. for Havdalah, the ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week. The concert will begin at about 8:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, followed by a dessert reception. Admission is free, but the suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person.

Located at 475 Grove St. in Ridgewood, Temple Israel and JCC is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320, E-mail to office@synagogue.org, or visit www.synagogue.org.



Temple Israel scholar-in-residence Shabbat: November 22nd-23rd

Rabbi Noam E. Marans Director Interreligious & Intergroup Relations, American Jewish Committee, will present two talks on Jewish-Christian relations today 


Ridgewood, NJ, October 24, 2013—Former Temple Israel spiritual leader Rabbi Noam E. Marans will return to the synagogue on Friday-Saturday, November 22nd-23rd as scholar-in-residence to talk about Jewish-Catholic relations today in his capacity as director of interreligious and intergroup relations at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Rabbi Marans, who led Temple Israel for 16 years, from 1985 to 2001, will present two talks: “Christian-Jewish Relations Today: Themes & Trends” at a Friday night dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat services; and “Pope Francis & the Jewish People: A New Era in Catholic-Jewish Relations?” during lunch following Shabbat services and Kiddush on Saturday. Rabbi Marans recently had an audience with Pope Francis during one of his frequent travels to Rome for AJC, and he regularly confers with New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other leading local Catholic and Protestant clergy. 

On Friday, November 22nd, Kabbalat Shabbat services will begin at 6:30 pm; Scholar-in-Residence dinner/presentation will follow at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, November 23rd, Scholar-in-Residence lunch/presentation will begin at 12:30 pm, after the conclusion of Shabbat services and Kiddush. The cost to attend is $20 per person for one meal; $36 for both dinner and lunch. Children may attend for $10 for one meal or $18 for two. Free babysitting provided. Reservations, due by Monday, November 18th, may be made through the Temple office. Email: office@synagogue.org. 

Rabbi Noam E. Marans

At AJC, Rabbi Marans oversees national interfaith outreach, dialogue and advocacy. In his multifaith work, Rabbi Marans develops and strengthens relationships with a wide variety of religious groups to enhance mutual understanding, freedom of religious expression and support for the State of Israel and Middle East peace. Rabbi Marans led AJC’s constructive engagement with the directors of the controversial Oberammergau Passion Play, which resulted in significant changes that mitigated the production’s historic anti-Jewish elements. He spearheaded several trips to view the play in Bavaria, Germany, the last of which was in the company of Cardinal Dolan.

During his first ten years at AJC, which he joined in 2001, Rabbi Marans created a series of seminars to introduce leading Israeli educators and political and military figures to American Jewish life. Before his move to AJC, at Temple Israel, he established interfaith Holocaust education and awareness programs and engaged diverse multifaith coalitions to address the challenges of hunger, homelessness, racism and substance abuse. Rabbi Marans has been awarded numerous honors, including the Martin Luther King Civic Leadership Award. His writings have been published widely, appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, Jewish Week, The Forward, and Jerusalem Post, among others.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue drawing members from more than a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week, minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or email: office@synagogue.org.



All young kids invited to Chanukkah celebration Noon on Nov. 17 at Temple Israel

All PreSchoolers and their younger siblings are invited to kick off their Chanukkah celebration on Sunday, November 17, at noon at Temple Israel and JCC in Ridgewood. Join in the festivities at Temple Israel’s Early Childhood Chanukkah Celebration. “Music Speaks,” a children’s music program, will perform. The children will enjoy small craft projects and will be served latkahs, donuts, minibagels and
juice. This program is free and open to the entire community.

“Music Speaks” is an early childhood music program that provides developmentally appropriate music for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers ages 2 months through 4½ years old. The music program uses a mix of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world in order to bring out the innate musical nature of young children.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel hosts Greenfaith Energy Shield Weekend on November 16-17

Temple Israel of Ridgewood has committed to become one of the first synagogues in the country to earn the GreenFaith Shield for Energy Stewardship – a designation from GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental group, in collaboration with the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, Women’s League of Conservative Judaism, and the Rabbinical Assembly.

Earning the Shield involves a weekend of programming, which Temple Israel will conduct on Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17. The entire community is invited to join the congregation as we come together to learn, pray, and take action to conserve energy in Temple Israel and in our homes.

The weekend, which is sponsored by Temple Israel’s Tikkun Olam Committee and Brandeis Men’s Club, will include programs for all ages. Together we will learn about the steps Temple Israel is taking to save money and energy and about the simple steps anyone can take at home. The weekend will include special prayers focused on the environment. On Saturday, Nov. 16 after kiddush (1:00 p.m.), Kimberly Hoff from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program will discuss unique opportunities to reduce the costs associated with design and installation of energy efficient systems for homes and businesses. On Sunday morning, Nov. 17, after the minyan (10:30 a.m.), speakers will include Dani Heise from TechniArt (Clean Energy Program’s lighting partner), who will display discounted lighting products, Matt Smith from Food & Water Watch, which works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced, and Aaron Barker from Green Living Solutions, who will speak about home energy audits. Participants will learn about Temple Israel’s innovative, environmentally-beneficial system to collect rainwater and use it for irrigating the synagogue’s grounds. Before the system’s installation, rainwater that fell on the roof drained through spouts and was discharged into the wetlands adjacent to the synagogue and the building’s driveway. Now, much of this rainwater is captured and reused to water the lawn and greenery around the temple.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



All young kids Invited to Chanukkah celebration Noon on Nov. 17 at Temple Israel

All PreSchoolers and their younger siblings are invited to kick off their Chanukkah celebration on Sunday, November 17, at noon at Temple Israel and JCC in Ridgewood. Join in the festivities at Temple Israel’s Early Childhood Chanukkah Celebration. “Music Speaks,” a children’s music program, will perform. The children will enjoy small craft projects and will be served latkahs, donuts, minibagels and
juice. This program is free and open to the entire community.

“Music Speaks” is an early childhood music program that provides developmentally appropriate music for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers ages 2 months through 4½ years old. The music program uses a mix of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world in order to bring out the innate musical nature of young children.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel holds family service 7PM on Friday, November 15

Families are invited to a Participatory Family Service on Friday evening, November 15, at Temple Israel & Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood. There will be lively singing, stories, and Shabbat warmth led by Rabbi David J. Fine, Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, and Associate Rabbi and Director of Education Rabbi Sharon Litwin. The service is geared toward families with children of all ages, especially those ages 4 – 13. Services begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a celebratory Oneg Shabbat dessert reception. This service is open to the entire community.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Blood donations at Temple Israel on Nov. 3rd – 8:45am to 2:00pm

Temple Israel and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church of Ridgewood are sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, November 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Temple Israel, 475 Grove St. in Ridgewood. All blood donations will support Community Blood Services in Paramus.

Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be in generally good health, weigh over 110 pounds, and bring identification with their signature. All donors will receive a free cholesterol screening with their donation. Donors will have the choice of a single blood donation, a double blood donation, and a platelet donation.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Adult education classes at Temple Israel continue this Fall

Temple Israel of Ridgewood’s adult education program continues this fall with two classes taught by Rabbi David J. Fine, Ph.D. All class sessions are free and everyone in the community is invited.

THE HISTORY OF JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY: In 10 sessions this year, the Rabbi’s Sunday Morning Lecture Series will examine the historical interrelationship of Christianity and Judaism, beginning with the origins of Christianity and following developments up to the 21st century. All Special Classes are conducted on Sundays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Following are the dates and topics for the first four course sessions:
Oct. 27th: The Origins of Christianity and its Ancient Jewish Context
Nov. 3rd: The “New Testament” and its Meaning in Jewish History
Dec. 8th: Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity: Rabbis and Church Fathers
Dec. 15th: Christian and Jewish Perceptions and Polemics in the Middle Ages

TUESDAY EVENING TALMUD: Beginning October 15, every Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m., after minyan, Rabbi Fine guides participants in discovering the fascinating world of the rabbinic sages. No previous experience or Hebrew comprehension is required, as we are learning from the new user-friendly Steinsaltz edition in English. New students are always welcome to join the class. Come study Tactate Brakhot, learning the laws of prayer along with a wealth of material on rabbinic theology, in an informal, interactive seminar style class.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel members to help clean up Gypsy Pond on October 6th at 1pm

On Sunday, October 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., members from Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood will participate in a project to clean up a portion of Gypsy Pond. They will be cleaning debris from Gypsy Pond, a hidden wildscape in Ridgewood located on the Rock Road extension, just before Goffle Road in Midland Park. This cleanup is organized by the Ridgewood Wildscape Association. Directions can be found at www.ridgewoodwildscape.org.

There is limited parking at the site; there will be carpooling from Temple Israel, 475 Grove Street, meeting at 12:30 p.m. All equipment will be provided by the Village of Ridgewood. The Village will also collect the debris for disposal. Participants must wear old clothing, old shoes or boots, long sleeves and long pants. All residents and friends are invited to help out, and volunteers can stay for as much or as little time as they wish. No children under 16 will be allowed in the water, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
This cleanup is especially important, as much debris has accumulated during the past storms. It is hoped that clearing the area will help prevent more flooding and protect the water, ensuring a healthier environment.

For more information, contact Ellie Gruber, 201-447-3025 or mandegruber@gmail.com. 
Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel presents concert of inspiring Jewish music 7:30pm on October 12

Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood will present a special fall concert featuring singer-songwriter and guitarist Julie Geller on Saturday, October 12. Ms. Geller will perform original, inspiring Hebrew and English music that will be appropriate for families and the community at large. She will introduce each piece, explaining its liturgical or spiritual message, and teach concertgoers some pieces.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The Havdalah service (Havdalah marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week) begins at 7:45, and the concert begins at 8:00, followed by a wine and dessert reception. Admission for the concert is $12 per person age 12 or over; $6 under age 12; maximum $30 per family. Free babysitting will be available.

Julie Geller’s mission is to bring love and healing into the world through her music. Her unique blend of original Hebrew and inspiring English music has been hailed as "powerful and refreshing" (Annie Reuter). You might find her playing at large venues with a full band, or perhaps in your living room. She has released four CDs and a number of singles, many under her own Beating Heart Music record label, and plans to release a fifth CD this fall. 

Julie (juliegeller.com) is the radio host of Studio J at Radio Chavura. She is on the faculty of Kabbalah Experience in Denver, CO, where she teaches artists and aspiring artists how to access their innate sense of creativity.

Julie is a graduate of Harvard University and New England Conservatory of Music. She studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Bar Ilan University in Israel. She lives in Denver with her husband and three children next door to her childhood home.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel choir sings at high holiday services

The Choir of Temple Israel in Ridgewood participated in High Holiday services this season. All Choir participants are synagogue members, as is their conductor, Dr. Tamara Freeman; Cantor Caitlin Bromberg is Temple Israel’s cantor.

The full choir, consisting of 18 singers, participated in Selichot, Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services. Various small groups of singers enhanced daytime High Holiday services in different ways: a quintet sang with the cantor during Musaf and the Yizkor service, and several small groups sang Holocaust music during the Martyrology service.  

Dr. Freeman, a Holocaust ethnomusicologist, helped prepare three pieces that originated from the Shoah. The first piece included in the Martyrology service was “Ani Ma-amin,” based on the 13 Articles of Faith by Maimonides, with a melody composed by Azriel David Fastag while he was trapped in a cattle car destined for Treblinka. Choir members also sang “Mach Tzu Di Eygelech,” a lullaby from the Lodz ghetto by Isaiah Shpigl and Dovid Beygelman, and “Die Moorsoldaten,” by Esser, Langhoff, and Goguel. This was the first original song composed in a concentration camp and was written in Borgermoor in 1933.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Holocaust survivor Bella Miller relates her inspiring story at Temple Israel on Sunday September 29 at 10:30am

Barry H. Glick Chesed Endowment Lecture:
Bella Miller Encourages People to Have Compassion for One Another

On Sunday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m. Holocaust survivor Bella Miller will tell her remarkable, inspiring story and why, despite her personal ordeal, today she brings a message of compassion, as Temple Israel of Ridgewood presents this year’s Barry H. Glick Chesed (“loving-kindness”) Endowment Lecture.

Born in Eastern Poland (now Ukraine), by the time she was 12, Bella Miller had already been on a nightmarish journey: in hiding with her family and living in a forest through fear, hunger and cold. But when she, her mother, father, and older brother were discovered and deported to Auschwitz, her height proved a lucky break. “I was very tall for my age,” said Bella, “so my mother was able to say I was older.” That made the difference between survival and the gas chamber. Liberated by the Russians in 1945, Bella has made her home for years in Wanaque, NJ, with her husband, Edward.

The Barry H. Glick Endowment fund  is dedicated to providing both the cost of a speaker who will inspire attendees to perform acts of loving-kindness and the Chesed forum which will follow the talk.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Free Monthly Pre-K Program at Northern NJ Collaborative Hebrew School

Classes Begin on Sunday, September 8

The Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy (NNJJA) begins its free monthly pre-K program on Sunday, September 8. NNJJA is a Collaborative Hebrew School consisting of Temple Israel and JCC, Ridgewood; Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck; Kol Haneshama, Englewood; Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn; and Temple Emanuel of North Jersey, Franklin Lakes. All classes are held on Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Temple Israel, 475 Grove St., Ridgewood.

What are the Jewish holidays? What do they mean to us? What is the cycle of the Jewish year like? NNJJA’s pre-school program focuses on introducing each child to different holidays on the Jewish calendar and concepts in Jewish life. The youngest students will explore these holidays through a variety of methods and activities including storytelling, arts and crafts, and music. Children may attend NNJJA’s  pre-school programs for more than one year. Depending on the ages and number of students registered, the pre-school students may be divided into two classes. Pre-K will also include a 20 to 25 minute music session with Temple Israel Cantor Caitlin Bromberg and the students from the Kindergarten class.

In order to attend, students must be registered and parents are asked to attend all of the sessions. Limited to 15 students. First come, first served. All students must be toilet trained.  

Pre-School Program Dates (Sunday,  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
 
September 8 (Fall Chagim)

October 6 (Being a Mensch)

November 3 (Chanukkah)

December 15 (Shabbat)

January 5 (Tu B’shvat)

February 2 (Tzedakkah)

March 2 (Pruim)

April 6 (Peach)

May 11 (Israel/Yom Haatzmaut)


For further information, contact Rabbi Sharon Litwin, Director of NNJJA, at slitwin@synagogue.org  or (201) 444-9320.  The Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy (NNJJA) will have its first classes this fall on Sunday, September 9. NNJJA is a Collaborative Hebrew School consisting of Temple Israel and JCC, Ridgewood; Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck; Kol Haneshama, Englewood; Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn; and Temple Emanuel of North Jersey, Franklin Lakes. All classes are held on Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Temple Israel in Ridgewood.

All Hebrew school sessions take place at Temple Israel with all students attending on Sundays and Kitot Aleph – Hey students attending on Wednesdays. Students participate in Junior Congregation at their respective shuls, and all children are eligible to join any youth programming activities. The consortium school’s special services and some holiday celebrations will take place at each of the other synagogues.

NNJJA also offers formal religious school programs for children in Pre-Kindergarten through Seventh grades. Pre-Kindergarten through Second grade classes are open to children ages three and older for both synagogue members and non-members and meet weekly on Sunday mornings throughout the school year.

All NNJJA members and prospective members are encouraged to register their children in third through seventh grades for religious school. These classes will meet twice weekly and provide students with academic and experiential knowledge of Jewish tradition and the customs that are observed at each of the Temples. The children learn Hebrew prayer, history, values, and Torah through a variety of educational programming
means.

To register your child for NNJJA, or for further information, please contact Rabbi Sharon Litwin, Director of NNJJA, at (201) 444-9320 or slitwin@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel hosts open house on Tuesday August 20 at 6PM

Temple Israel and JCC will host an Open House for prospective members at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome, and refreshments are provided.

For families looking for a new home for the Jewish Holidays, this is an opportunity to meet a friendly and “Hamish” congregation. Meet  Rabbi David J. Fine, PhD, Associate Rabbi Sharon Litwin, Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, and members of the congregation. Ask about our Religious School’s two-days-per-week schedule with enhanced activities and instruction, Music at Temple Israel (Summer Music Fridays and Winter Music Saturdays), and our informative and thought-provoking adult education program.

Temple Israel and JCC (synagogue.org) is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel launches fourth season of Summer Music Fridays on June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood will launch its fourth season of Summer Music Fridays on June 14. Performing at this concert will be several talented pianists who are also synagogue members. The concert is a recital to dedicate the Knabe grand piano that was donated to Temple Israel by Mrs. Natalie Hertz in loving memory of her husband, Walter Hertz, and the Settergren piano that was donated by Libby and Michael Stern and their daughters, Jennifer and Andrea.

The schedule of performers will include three generations of Temple Israel pianists, who will play classical music.  
    
Doors will open at 7:15 p.m., and the dedication recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services and a festive oneg (gathering with refreshments).  The suggested donation for the concert is $10.

Additional concerts in Temple Israel’s Summer Music Friday series include Tamara Freeman on violin and viola, Annette Leib on flute, and Jon Taylor on piano on July 19; and Irene Bressler on harp and Artie Bressler on woodwinds on August 2.
    
Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Temple Israel offers Tot Shabbat program on June 8 from 11:00am to 11:45am

Children, parents, and grandparents are invited to Tot Shabbat at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood on Saturday, June 8, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Celebrate Shabbat with a parade with stuffed torahs, a story, and kiddush (light refreshments).  

Temple Israel’s Tot Shabbat is a 45-minute program for newborns through 4 years old. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join in. Tot Shabbat is held on the second Shabbat of each month through June.

Those with young children may also be interested in Temple Israel’s monthly Family Service, which occurs on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. This service is especially tailored for families with children and encourages their participation. Please visit www.synagogue.org for other specific dates.
For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.



Temple Israel offers Tot Shabbat program on May 11 at 11:00am to 11:45am

Children, parents, and grandparents are invited to Tot Shabbat at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood on Saturday, May 11, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Celebrate Shabbat with a parade with stuffed torahs, a story, and kiddush (light refreshments).  

Temple Israel’s Tot Shabbat is a 45-minute program for newborns through 4 years old. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join in. Tot Shabbat is held on the second Shabbat of each month through June.

Those with young children may also be interested in Temple Israel’s monthly Family Service, which occurs on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. This service is especially tailored for families with children and encourages their participation. Please visit www.synagogue.org for other specific dates.
For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.



Noted author to speak on “Stories Of Chesed (Kindness)” at Temple Israel on 

Sunday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Author, educator, and Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins will speak on “Stories of Chesed (Kindness),” inspiring tales to nourish the heart and soul, at Temple Israel and JCC in Ridgewood on Sunday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. Rabbi Elkins will speak to all communities and faiths and, therefore, his presentation is open to the public free of charge. This event is sponsored and funded by the Barry H. Glick Chesed Endowment.

Rabbi Elkins is rabbi emeritus of The Jewish Center of Princeton, New Jersey, and a former member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Council for Jewish Education. He has written widely for the Jewish and general press and is co-author of Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit. He is author of Jewish Stories from Heaven and Earth, editor of Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation and Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation (both Jewish Lights Publishing). Dr. Elkins is a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award.

For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.



Lag Ba’omer celebration and open house at Temple Israel on 

April 28 starting at 11:00 a.m.

Fun lovers – especially kids – mark your calendars! Temple Israel in Ridgewood will stage its annual Lag ba’Omer celebration in a grand carnival atmosphere on Sunday, April 28, rain or shine. Lag ba'omer is a day traditionally marked by barbeques and outdoor fun. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., the parking lot comes alive with fun activities for all ages. The Brandeis Men’s Club will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, chips, potato salad, and cole slaw as part of their annual barbecue. Best of all for the kids, the center of attraction will be a huge Bounce House sprawled over the parking lot. Kids are invited to bounce, bounce, and bounce some more. Admission is free and non-members are welcome.

Throughout the celebration, Temple Israel will also host an Open House for Prospective Members. For families looking for a new home to celebrate the joy and meaning of their Jewishness, this is an opportunity to meet a friendly and “Haimish” congregation.  Meet Rabbi David J. Fine, Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, and members of the congregation. Ask Rabbi Sharon Litwin about The Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy (NNJJA), of which Rabbi Litwin is director. NNJJA is a Collaborative Hebrew School consisting of Temple Israel and JCC, Ridgewood; Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck; Kol Haneshama, Englewood; Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn; and Temple Emanuel of North Jersey, Franklin Lakes.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.



Blood donations at Temple Israel on April 21 starting at 8:45 a.m.

Temple Israel and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church of Ridgewood are sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, April 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Temple Israel, 475 Grove St. in Ridgewood. All blood donations will support Community Blood Services in Paramus.

The blood levels at our local hospitals are currently at extreme lows, and Community Blood Services needs all the blood they can get to support cancer patients, automobile accident victims  and other patients. All of the blood collected by Community Blood Services stays local, used by Hackensack Medical Center, Valley Hospital, and other nearby medical centers.

Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be in generally good health, weigh over 110 pounds, and bring identification with their signature. Donors will have the choice of a single blood donation, a double blood donation, and a platelet donation.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.


Temple Israel presents program on “Women's Health: Take Charge Of Your Life” on Sunday, April 14 10:30AM

All in the community are invited to a presentation and discussion at Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood titled “Women’s Health: Take Charge of Your Life” on Sunday morning, 
April 14, at 10:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by Temple Israel’s Sisterhood, and admission is free.

The program will explore women's health through the various disciplines and focus on
prevention. The presenters will be looking at food and lifestyle, genetic disposition and emotional factors, and their respective role in achieving a healthy life.

Waltraud R. Unger, MS, CHHC, AADP, is a board certified Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach who keeps her clients feeling great and on top of their game by practicing an integrative approach to health and wellness. She takes all areas of her client’s life into consideration when working with them on overcoming their health concerns. Waltraud works with her clients to create a way of life that is flexible, enjoyable and rewarding. Through the integration of unprocessed, natural foods into one’s daily program, Waltraud has witnessed major improvement in health and well being in herself, her family and her clients. Waltraud graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, the International Association of Health Coaches and a founding member of IMPACT, an international association for advisors, coaches and trainers. She is the founder of UnfoldingU , LLC, a coaching firm working with individual and corporate clients. In addition, Waltraud holds a Masters of Science in Physics which comes very handy in separating facts from fiction in the health and wellness field. She walks her talk while balancing the needs of her clients with the needs of her active family of five. Learn more about her at www.UnfoldingU.com. 

Susan Amy Flanzman, M.D., received her B.S. degree in neuroscience from Brown University in Providence, RI, and her Doctorate from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NY, NY. She completed her Residency and Chief Residency in Primary Care/Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Dr. Flanzman has been in private practice since 1992. Her approach to medical care is based on developing a long term partnership with each patient, helping them to understand their unique medical makeup, and empowering them to take full responsibility for their own health. She believes in integrating alternative medicine with traditional medicine. Her special interests are in the medical care of pregnant patients and the management of menopause, obesity, depression and anxiety. Dr. Flanzman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Michele Preminger, M.D., has combined her training in both ob/gyn and psychiatry to create her practice specializing in women’s emotional health in Waldwick. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Medical Degrees from Cornell University. She then completed her residency in ob/gyn at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY and her residency in Psychiatry from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. She served on the faculty of Temple University Medical School and has held teaching appointments at both Temple University and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She received her board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1994, and board certification in Psychiatry in 2006. She lectures throughout the state to healthcare providers on psychiatric issues in women. She serves on the Maternal Mortality Review Committee for the state New Jersey, the Postpartum Depression Task Force for the state of New Jersey, as well as on the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Women.
For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.



Temple Israel offers Tot Shabbat Program on April 13 11:00am – 11:45am

Children, parents, and grandparents are invited to Tot Shabbat at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood on Saturday, April 13, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Celebrate Shabbat with a parade with stuffed torahs, a story, and kiddush (light refreshments).  

Temple Israel’s Tot Shabbat is a 45-minute program for newborns through 4 years old. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join in. Tot Shabbat is held on the second Shabbat of each month through June.

Those with young children may also be interested in Temple Israel’s monthly Family Service, which occurs on Friday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. This service is especially tailored for families with children and encourages their participation. Please visit www.synagogue.org for other specific dates.


For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.



Ridgewood’s Interfaith Holocaust Observance Remembrance Service, at West Side Presbyterian Church Sunday, April 7th 7:30 P.M.

The 27th annual Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service, organized by Ridgewood Village’s Interfaith Clergy Council, will take place at West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe St., Ridgewood, NJ, on Sunday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m.  

Dr. Tamara R. Freeman, a Holocaust Ethnomusicologist, will deliver the keynote speech, entitled “Hirsh Glik:  Holocaust Teenage Resistance Fighter and Poet.” Glik was an admired young leader of the Vilna WWII Jewish partisan freedom fighters, who wrote poetry and music as a form of spiritual resistance. He was a member of the Fareynigte Partizaner Organizatsye (FPO), a creative writers’ organization whose prolific output described the events, and convictions of the partisans. As part of Dr. Freeman's speech, she will teach the audience how to sing the rousing FPO anthem in its original Yiddish language. Glik is especially remembered and loved for having composed the world renowned Zog Nit Keynmol, a song of spiritual resistance which has been the Holocaust “national anthem” world-wide for over 70 years. 

Dr. Freeman taught instrumental music and conducted bands and orchestras in the Ridgewood Public Schools from 1982 to 2012. She is a concert violinist and violist; her 1935 Joseph Bausch viola was rescued from the Holocaust. Dr. Freeman will play this historic viola during her keynote speech.

The service will feature a candle-lighting ceremony by Holocaust survivors and members of their families, and musical selections performed by Cantor Caitlin Bromberg and the Interfaith Choir, conducted by Dr. Freeman of Temple Israel and accompanied by Choirmaster Garah Landes of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church.

In addition, there will be musical selections performed on the harp by Irene Bressler, a member of Temple Israel.

The observance is free and open to the community.



Award-winning writer Joshua Henkin to present Annual Max Aaron Strachman Memorial Author Talk & Book Signing at Temple Israel on Sunday, April 7TH, 11:30 AM

Fiction writer Joshua Henkin will talk about his new novel, The World Without You (Pantheon, 2012), and sign copies of his book, for sale, at Temple Israel in Ridgewood on Sunday, April 7th, at 11:30 a.m. The event is the Max Aaron Strachman Memorial Author Lecture, co-sponsored by the Strachman Family Endowment and Adult Education Committee at Temple Israel. 

Mr. Henkin’s presentation will follow Sunday morning services at 9:30 a.m. and Rabbi David J. Fine’s 10:30 a.m. class on “Minority” Denominations in America (Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Humanist, Renewal) part of the rabbi’s ongoing Sunday lecture series on “The History of Modern Judaism.” 

Admission is free, and everyone in the community is invited.

This is Mr. Henkin’s third novel. He previously published Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book. This latest work, published last June, has been named an Editors’ Choice Book by The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune and is the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards. His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR’s "Selected Shorts." He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and directs the MFA Program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.

For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.



Temple Israel’s “Bialywood”: An evening of entertainment at Temple Israel on March 16 8pm

Temple Israel of Ridgewood invites you to join us for a night of fun celebrating “Bialywood.” The synagogue’s annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. features great dance music, delicious food, cocktails, and an evening with friends new and old.  The event is open to all.

In addition to the fabulous entertainment, open bar, and scrumptious catered buffet dinner, there will be a silent auction of many delightful gifts.  Rare bottles of wine, sports tickets, or gourmet dinners could be yours to enjoy. Participants must be present to bid on the auction items. Details on the auction items can be obtained by emailing party13@synagogue.org.

The admission charge to Temple Israel’s Bialywood celebration is $90. For tickets or information call Temple Israel at 201-444-9320, E-mail to office@synagogue.org, or visit www.synagogue.org.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.


 

Israeli jazz duo presents The Great American Songbook At Temple Israel On March 9

2nd Presentation in “Winter Music Saturdays” Series


Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood continues this year’s series of “Winter Music Saturdays” on March 9. Two Israeli musicians, saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist Eyal Vilner and pianist Eden Ladin, will play a selection of jazz tunes and standards from the Great American Song Book.


The evening begins at 7:30 with a brief Havdalah service in which we bid goodbye to Shabbat, followed by the hour-long concert and a reception for the artists. All are welcome and a $10 donation is requested. However, contributions of any amount to the Temple Israel music program will be gratefully received.  


Born in Tel Aviv, musician/arranger/composer/conductor Eyal Vilner moved to New York in 2007 and graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Vilner has performed at such New York City landmarks as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Iridium, Small’s, Sweet Rhythm, Fat Cat, the Garage and Hudson River Park Stars of Tomorrow Series. Vilner’s current main project is his own 14-piece big band. The band’s debut album has been on the top 50 Jazz Charts for over 12 weeks and has received many radio plays throughout the United States and Canada. The Eyal Vilner Big Band has collaborated with some of the top jazz legends of our time including pianist Junior Mance and NEA Jazz Masters, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, and Jimmy Owens. The Big Band performs Vilner’s new arrangements of jazz standards as well as his original compositions.


Edin Ladin is a native New Yorker who was raised in Tel Aviv. He has performed in Tel Aviv’s major jazz festival, “Jazz, Blues and Videotape,” and in “The Red Sea International Jazz Festival” in Eilat, Israel. Edin has also appeared several times on major Israeli TV shows and participated in several albums with Rea Bar-Ness, Tomer Sharon (“Tomash”), Monstep, and Liat Shamay. Edin was the winner of the 2008 America-Israel Cultural Foundation prestigious scholarship for jazz performance studies abroad, and that same year, he moved to New York City and is currently attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Edin has performed with numerous leading American jazz musicians, playing in such major  jazz venues as Small’s, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, Iridium, The Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, B.B. King, Highline Ballroom, Webster Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Smoke, The Jazz Gallery, The Stone, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, Nublu, Rose, and many more.


For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m.



Purim celebration at Temple Israel and 

Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy on February 23

Lovers of merriment, mark your calendars! The Jewish festival of Purim is around the corner, and it’s time to celebrate at the Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy. The beautiful Queen Esther, her loyal uncle Mordecai, the love-struck King Ahasverosh, his spurned spouse Queen Vashti, the evil Haman, and his evil wife Zeresh comprise the cast of colorful characters in this timeless tale of the ancient Israelite victory over adversity.


Join us on Saturday, February 23, at Temple Israel, 475 Grove St. in Ridgewood, for our annual Queen Esther Ice Cream Social at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Megillah Reading at 7:00 p.m. and Costume Parade for adults and children. The Megillah will be read by members of the synagogue, young and old, reading from the Scroll of Esther. Many will be in costumes and participate in the Parade of Costumes with a well known pied-piper from the ancient city of Shushan. Noise makers (groggers, Raashanim) will be provided but feel free to bring your own noisemakers.

The Megillah is read again on Sunday morning, February 24 at 9:30 am.

Then, on Sunday March 3, join us at the Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy’s Purim Carnival at Temple Beth Sholom, 40-25 Fair Lawn Ave. in Fair Lawn, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The wearing of costumes is encouraged, for children and adults of all ages. Come dressed as your favorite Purim character, or anything else that strikes your fancy. The carnival will feature challenging games, terrific prizes, face-painting and sand art. Special games will be set up for the youngest revelers. Hot dogs will be sold during the carnival. The Purim Carnival is open to the community. Admission is free but tickets to the booths and for food will be sold at the door.  Everyone in the community is welcome.

The Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy (NNJJA) is a two-day-per-week collaborative Hebrew school consisting of Temple Israel and JCC, Ridgewood; Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck; Kol Haneshama, Englewood; Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn; and Temple Emanuel of North Jersey, Franklin Lakes. Rabbi Sharon J. Litwin, Temple Israel’s Associate Rabbi, is the school’s director.

For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to slitwin@synagogue.org.


 

Temple Israel offers Tot Shabbat program on February 9

Children, parents, and grandparents are invited to Tot Shabbat at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood on Saturday, February 9, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Celebrate Shabbat with songs led by Temple Israel Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, a parade with stuffed torahs, a story, and kiddush (light refreshments).  

Temple Israel’s Tot Shabbat is a 45-minute program for newborns through 4 years old. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join in. Tot Shabbat is held on the second Shabbat of each month through June.

Those with young children may also be interested in Temple Israel’s monthly Family Service, which occurs on Friday, February 8. This service is especially tailored for families with children and encourages their participation. Please visit www.synagogue.org for other specific dates.
For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on one Friday each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. 

 

 

Temple Israel offers Tot Shabbat program on January 12

Children, parents, and grandparents are invited to Tot Shabbat at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood on Saturday, January 12, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.  Celebrate Shabbat with songs, led by Temple Israel’s Cantor Caitlin Bromberg, a parade with stuffed torahs, a story, and kiddush (light refreshments).  

Temple Israel’s Tot Shabbat is a 45-minute program for newborns through 4 years old. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join in. Tot Shabbat is held on the second Shabbat of each month through June.

Those with young children may also be interested in Temple Israel’s Family Service, which occurs once a month. This service is especially tailored for families with children and encourages their participation. Please visit www.synagogue.org for specific dates.

For more information, call 201-444-9320. Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. 

 

 

2nd Annual “Winter Music” Series at Temple Israel
Cellist Jennifer Green to present concert at Temple Israel on Jan 19 at 7:30PM


Temple Israel and JCC of Ridgewood will begin its second annual series of “Winter Music” on January 19. Cellist Jennifer Green and pianist Kai Pangune Kim will play a classical chamber music program featuring works by Ernst Bloch, J.S. Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Alexander Glasunov.

This concert kicks off the new season of Temple Israel’s Winter Music Saturdays. The evening begins at 7:30 with a brief Havdalah service in which we bid goodbye to Shabbat, followed by the hour-long concert and a reception for the artists. Admission is free and all are welcome. However, contributions to the Temple Israel music program are gratefully received.  

As the winner of the Artists International Competition, Jennifer Green performed in her New York debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Green has appeared in numerous concert series in the New York metropolitan area. In addition, she was selected to perform at such prestigious festivals as the Ravinia, Aspen, and Blossom music festivals, and was a featured artist on radio performances of WQXR in New York and WGUC in Cincinnati. Ms. Green earned her B.A. and M.M. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student, where she was the winner of the concerto competition and received the Pablo Casals Prize for outstanding musical accomplishment and promise. She continued her studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory, where she earned an Artist’s Diploma as a student of Yehuda Hanani. Her teachers also include Marion Feldman, Peter Wiley, and Gerald Beal. Since 1993, Ms. Green has been a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. She also maintains a private teaching studio. Jennifer resides in Ridgewood, NJ, with her two children, Charlotte and Liam, and her husband Mitch and dog, Cosmo. Ms. Green performs on an Alessandro Gagliano cello made in 1724.

Pianist Kai Pangune Kim has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. At age six, she played the Beethoven Sonata Op.49 at the Seoul National University in Korea.  Six years later she performed Mozart Piano Concerto KV.488 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  in Sweden. As a gifted student, she studied at the Gothenburg Conservatory under Elisif Luden-Bergfelt. She received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Artur Balsam. She continued her studies with Seymour Lipkin, and later Robert Pace, while working towards a Doctorate in Education at the Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Kim won the Bergen Youth Competition, the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, and the First YM-YWHA Competition of Northern New Jersey. Her solo engagement included the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden, Wayne Symphony Orchestra (NJ), Manhattan Symphony Orchestra (NY), and Seoul Symphony Orchestra of New York in Merkin Hall. She has performed solo recitals in Korea, Sweden, and in the United States. Since 2007, she has held annual solo recitals at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University. In 2001, she founded the Cayenne Piano Trio. The trio has performed in various libraries, universities, and concert halls including Merkin Hall (NY), and Phone Art Hall in Seoul, Korea. Miss Kim teaches at Kai’s Piano Studio in Glen Rock, NJ. She has served on the faculty of Drew University (NJ) and Bergen Community College (NJ). She has presented master classes and coached chamber music at LaGuardia High School in New York, Drew University Summer Music Camp and Institute, Summer Institute of Music at the University of West Florida, and Hartwick College Music Festival and Institute.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service once a month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org. 

 

  

All Young Kids Invited to Chanukkah Celebration on December 9 11:30 a.m. at Temple Israel

All PreSchoolers and their younger siblings are invited to kick off their Chanukkah celebration on Sunday, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Israel and JCC in Ridgewood. Join in the festivities at Temple Israel’s Early Childhood Chanukkah Celebration. There will be storytelling, crafts, games, food, and lots of fun. This program is free and open to the entire community.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.

 

 Syndicated Political Cartoonist Jimmy Margulies to Share

His Nationally Recognized Cartoons at Temple Israel On Oct.30

Longtime Temple Israel member Jimmy Margulies will be sharing his portfolio of nationally recognized cartoons from the last 20 years on Monday, November 5th, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel in Ridgewood. His political commentary highlights some of the most historic milestones of our times. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

The nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for The Record, Margulies’s cartoons also appear in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Time, Time.com, Newsweek, and Business Week, among many others. His cartoons on New Jersey issues are self-syndicated to newspapers and Web sites all over the state.

His awards over the years include, but are not limited to, the prestigious National Headliner Award, The Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, and The Berryman Award from The National Press Foundation of Washington, DC.

A 1973 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, he is proud to be on the blacklist of the National Rifle Association.    

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.

 

 

Blood Donations at Temple Israel on Oct. 28

Temple Israel and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church of Ridgewood are sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, October 28, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Temple Israel, 475 Grove St. in Ridgewood. All blood donations will support Community Blood Services in Paramus.

The blood levels at our local hospitals are currently at extreme lows, and Community Blood Services needs all the blood they can get to support cancer patients, automobile accident victims  and other patients. All of the blood collected by Community Blood Services stays local, used by Hackensack Medical Center, Valley Hospital, and other nearby medical centers.

Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be in generally good health, weigh over 110 pounds, and bring identification with their signature. Donors will have the choice of a single blood donation, a double blood donation, and a platelet donation.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.

 

 

 Temple Israel Members to help
clean-up Ho-Ho-Kus Brook on Sunday October21


On Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine), children and adults from Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center of Ridgewood, NJ, will participate in a project to clean up debris from portions of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook. This cleanup is organized by the Ridgewood Wildscape Association.

We will be cleaning up debris, garbage, metals, and whatever else is blocking the water passage in the brook. The Village of Ridgewood will generously provide all equipment and pickup of materials. Participants will be wearing old clothes, including old sneakers or shoes that can get wet and long-sleeved shirts and long pants. This event was a huge success last year, with dozens of contractor-sized bags filled with debris, and piles of plastic and metals.  

EVENT: Cleaning up of portions of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 21, 2011; 1:00-3:00 p.m. (rain or shine)

PLACE: Meet at 12:45 p.m. at Temple Israel parking lot,
            475 Grove Street, Ridgewood, NJ

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.


Adult Education at Temple Israel Kicks Off Year

Rabbi Fine to Teach History of Modern Judaism in New Sunday Morning Lecture Series, Beginning Oct. 14th

Also ‘Five Rabbis’ to Present iEngage Israel, Program Created by Jerusalem’s Hartman Institute, at Temple Israel and Neighboring Congregations in Northwest Bergen County


Ridgewood, NJ—Adult Education at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in the Village kicks off 2012-13 on Sunday morning, October 14th with a new lecture series by Rabbi David J. Fine, PhD, “History of Modern Judaism.” Rabbi Fine, spiritual leader of Temple Israel, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1999 and earned his PhD in modern European history, with a focus on German Jewish history, at The Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY) in 2010. His book, Jewish Integration in the German Army in the First World War, was recently published (DeGruyter, Berlin). Rabbi Fine has also written two chapters, “Taxation” and “Marriage,” in The Observant Life, a comprehensive guide for Jewish living today, as understood by the Conservative branch of Judaism.

In 15 sessions, Rabbi Fine will explore the development of theological and doctrinal disputes through the prism of history, arriving at a clear explanation of how Judaism has evolved into today’s denominational practice. From Europe to Israel and the United States, the course concludes with a talk on Conservative Judaism in America that brings the material home to Temple Israel.     
All Temple Israel adult education programs are free and open to the entire community.

Topics to be covered in the upcoming weeks are:

• Introduction and survey of ancient and medieval Judaism
• The Enlightenment challenge to religion and to Judaism
• Early Reform
• Wissenschaft des Judentums: the intellectual and historical-critical challenges
• Positive Historical Judaism (the German precursor to Conservative Judaism)
• Modern Orthodoxy
• Zionism
• Existentialism (Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig)
• Responding to the Holocaust and Israel
• Ultra-Orthodoxy
• Reform Judaism in America
• “Minority” denominations in America (Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Humanist, Renewal)
• Judaism in Israel
• Conservative Judaism in America

“The Five Rabbis” Present Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship
A Project of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem

Begins Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:30-9:00 pm at Glen Rock Jewish Center
Materials Fee: $36

The community will come together to learn on nine evenings through January. In a program conceived by the Shalom Hartman Institute, iEngage Israel, participants examine anew the relationship of Diaspora Jewry to Israel to redefine the narrative of Jewish peoplehood in light of contemporary realities in Israel and globally. At rotating locations and team-taught by Rabbis Fine; Neil Tow (Glen Rock Jewish Center); Ronald Roth (Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Cong. B’nai Israel); Jonathan Woll (Progressive Havurah of NNJ); and Baruch Zeilicovich (Temple Beth Sholom, Fair Lawn), the course is subsidized by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.

10/16 - From Crisis to Covenant—All: Glen Rock Jewish Center (GRJC)
10/23 - Religion and Peoplehood—Fine, Tow: GRJC    
11/13 - Sovereignty and Identity—Roth, Woll: GRJC    
11/27 - Power and Powerlessness—Fine, Zeilicovich: Temple Israel (TI)

ADULT B’NAI MITZVAH INSTRUCTION WITH RABBI SHARON LITWIN, Temple Israel’s Associate Rabbi and Educational Director
Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm

Adult bar/bat mitzvah study is a wonderful way to discover/rediscover Jewish identity and connect to Jewish tradition. New students already able to read Hebrew are welcome to join this continuing class that begins the second year of a two-year cycle in preparation for a group b’nai mitzvah celebration. Contact Rabbi Litwin at slitwin@synagogue.org to inquire.

Rabbi Litwin was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2002 and joined the Rabbinical Assembly, the professional association of Conservative rabbis, in 2011.

Located at 475 Grove St. in Ridgewood, Temple Israel and JCC is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week, minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320, E-mail to office@synagogue.org, or visit www.synagogue.org.

 

 

Ridgewood Mayor to be Honored at Temple Israel on Shabbat, Oct. 13

Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn will be honored at Temple Israel on Shabbat, October 13th. Mr. Aronsohn, who is a member of Temple Israel, will be given an aliyah (called to the bimah, or podium, during the reading of a segment from the Torah). He will also be given a m’shaberakh (a special prayer), and will address the congregation. In addition, the kiddush (meal following the Shabbat service) will be in Mr. Aronsohn’s honor.

All are welcome, free of charge.

Temple Israel and JCC is located at 475 Grove Street in Ridgewood. It is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue with members from over a dozen Bergen County communities. Weekly Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (replaced by a 7:00 p.m. Family Service on the second Friday of each month) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. During the week minyan takes place on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday nights at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 201-444-9320 or E-mail to office@synagogue.org.

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