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Happy Summer from Temple Israel!

Shalom, feels like summer out there! Our spring programming is wrapping up with a final session of Hot Topics tomorrow, but we've got classes and Shabbat services all summer long. Check our website calendar for the full schedule.

Table of Contents

  • Last Hot Topics TOMORROW, June 21
  • Temperature's right for a River Immersion!
  • Annual Meeting Sun June 25, Board Appreciation Shabbat Fri June 30
  • July Classes! Gluten-Free Baking Demonstration with Rabbi Andrea, A Grief Journey with Maggid David Arfa & Others
  • Thank You to our recent donors

Hot Topics: A Practice in Handling Heated Conversations

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21, 7:00pm

Last in our adult ed series for this year on skilled communication. You are welcome to join us for this final program which will look at differing points of view on rights, responsibilities and concerns around migration. 7-9PM. Free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

Pre-Shabbat River Immersions

Pre-Shabbat mikveh immersions are happening at Gardeners Falls, Fridays at 4:15-5pm.
These gatherings are simple. We start with setting the kavanah, the intention for our immersion, for getting ready to move from weekday into Shabbat. Combining short check-ins, teachings and visualizations, we prepare together for immersion. Immersing is the most important part, letting the river re-freshen. We immerse in pairs or trio's, with bathing suits...(it is a public beach after all).
For more information, click here.

Annual Meeting & Board Appreciation Shabbat

Much of the work that keeps Temple Israel going is put in by members who care deeply about their shul and our Board of Directors who give so generously of their time to make great things happen. The last week in June brings us two opportunities to witness and give thanks to our community.

At the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 25 members will vote on our budget for the upcoming year, discuss and vote on raising dues, elect new board members, hear reports from committees, and discuss programming and vision for the temple. Please consider joining us in this important conversation! Bagel brunch sponsored by the Board starts at 9:30.

On Friday, June 30, we will convene at 7pm for a special Shabbat service & dinner honoring our Board of Directors. Schmooze with your Board, welcome new members, and show gratitude to outgoing members!

Gluten-Free Baking & Grief Circles

Two adult learning opportunities this July...

Gluten Free Baking Demonstration with Rabbi Andrea!

This is a three-part demonstration taking place on Fridays, 7/14, 7/21, & 7/28, from 10am-12pm. Each class will touch upon general principles of gluten-free baking, work from a specific recipe, and result in take-home goodies for you to enjoy. We can make some accomodations/subsitutions for dietary restrictions - please ask.

This class is limited to 12 participants so register early to ensure your spot by emailing [email protected].

1st session, July 14: Calzone/pizza dough
2nd session, July 21: "Gluten-Free Bread That Doesn't Suck"
3rd session, July 28: Dessert principles & Lemon Bars

$15 per class, $36 for all three sessions.

A Grief Journey with Maggid David Arfa, Rabbi Andrea and Friends

Preparing for Tisha B'Av, our day of mourning with new grief, history, art and hope circles. The course will take place on Wednesdays, July 12, 19, & 26, at 7pm, and Tisha B'Av on Monday July 31.
We'll use story circles, personal reflection, texts, art and time outdoors to find our own stories of brokenness and stories of hope. By the end we will create one long story, filled with both personal and mythic images- naming our grief and activating radical hope for the time ahead to share at our community Tisha B'av Service. All levels of experience are invited. Registration is required, cost to be announced.

Many Thank Yous!

Thank you to Flo Stahl for your contribution to the Program Seed Fund, helping create new wonderful programs at Temple Israel.
Thank you to Archie & Phyllis Nahman and Michael Singer for your contributions to our Retire the Debt! fund.
Thank you to Saul Sherter for your donation in memory of Charlotte Sherter. Thank you to Mark & Ellen Berson for your donation in memory of Sadye Berson.
Thank you to Cynthia Mandile and Cara Benedetto for your contributions to our General Fund.
We are so grateful for the support of our community!
Congratulations, you read all the way to the end! Enjoy this gif of a bear jumping into a river: