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ANNUAL APPEAL

Annual Appeal

"B'RUCHIM HABA'IM" - WELCOME FROM RABBI OLSHEIN!

Welcome to Temple Israel … the home of Reform Judaism in West Palm Beach!

Whether you are visiting for a short time or live in the Palm Beaches, we welcome you … as a growing and evolving community, your presence and participation is valued!

Help Us Get to Know You with a Nametag … and Finding Your Way Around …Please introduce yourself to Rabbi Olshein and the synagogue’s Board members (they have special nametags).  On the right-hand side as you enter our building from our parking lot, you will find our nametags … we encourage you to fill out and wear a Visitor Nametag while you are with us so we know to say a special hello to you, and please don’t hesitate to ask for any information you need!

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Upcoming Events

  1. Tue 22

    TI Annual Meeting

    Temple Israel Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m.
    Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. Wed 23

    Yoga at TI

    All are welcome to attend.
    Jan 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  3. Wed 23

    Hebrew School

    Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Thu 24

    Mah Jongg

    Must RSVP to attend course. Fee
    Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  5. Thu 24
  6. Fri 25

    “Proneg” (Nosh Before Services)

    Ease your transition from the busy-ness
    Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

GET CONNECTED

  • We are older families, and younger families.  
    We are singles, doubles, singers, listeners, pray-ers, do-ers, learners.
    We were born Jewish.
    We live with Jewish people we love. 
    We chose to become Jewish, we are on the path to becoming Jewish.  
    We are passionate about Judaism and the Jewish people.

    We are a great Jewish family in the Palm Beaches …
    and we want to welcome you soon!  

    Come meet the membership of Temple Israel … 
    When we learn together at a class …
    When we volunteer in the community …
    When we come together to worship … 
    When we get together to socialize …

    Become part of something special here in the Palm Beaches.  Help us create meaningful Jewish experiences for you and for our entire community.  Find your Jewish home with us.  We look forward to meeting you!

    *CLICK ON THE HEADERS BELOW

    TO LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT WAYS

    YOU CAN GET TO KNOW US …

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  • RHS in Viet Nam

    SAVE THE DATE:
    January 19, 2018

    Celebrating the
    Rabbi Emeritus
    of Temple Israel …
    Celebrating
    Rabbi Howard Shapiro’s
    50th Anniversary
    in the Rabbinate …
    watch your mail
    for all the details!

    Special Musical Guest:
    Jewish Music Sensation
    Noah Aronson

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  • Friday, 2/2/18

    6:00pm – “Proneg” (nosh before services)

    6:30pm – Erev Shabbat Services with special guest,
    Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the
    Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
    (TI’s new Board will also be installed)

    Erev Shabbat Dinner following …
    paid RSVPs due 1/31/18.

    Watch this space for more details
    about this important conversation!

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  • SAVE THIS DATE!

    Our Annual “Kraft Cultural Luncheon” returns
    on Wednesday, 2/28/18, at Noon,
    with journalist Kate Anderson Brower
    speaking about her latest book,
    “First Women:  
    The Grace and Power
    of America’s Modern First Ladies.”

    Wednesday, 2/28/18

    12 Noon
    $65.00 per person
    Must RSVP by 2/21

    2018 02 28 Kraft Luncheon First Women

    Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York
    Times’ bestseller “The Residence: Inside the Private World
    of the White House.”

    Her new book, also a New York Times’ bestseller,
    “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern
    First Ladies,” reveals what life is really like for the First Lady
    through interviews with the former First Ladies themselves
    and their family members, friends, and political advisers. 

    Kate is a CNN contributor and has spent four years covering
    the Obama White House for Bloomberg News.  She is a former
    CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She has written for
    the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, the Washington Post,
    and Bloomberg Businessweek. She lives outside of Washington,
    D.C., with her husband, their two young children, and their wheaten terrier.

    Please contact Temple Israel’s Office at (561) 833-8421 for more information.

  • In December of 2013, Temple Israel
    of West Palm Beach co-founded the 
    WPB Food Pantry with our partner
    CROS Ministries and 3 other groups.

    We originally began volunteering
    and providing food on the 3rd Friday of 
    each month, and expanded last year
    to also provide food and volunteers
    on the 1st Friday of each month.

    Our Pantry is located at the Urban League
    Community Services Center, located at
    2017 N. Tamarind Avenue in WPB,
    one mile from Temple Israel.

    We invite you to share in this mitzvah by
    volunteering on the 1st and 3rd Fridays
    of each month from 9:15-11:45am.

    If you are interested, we have two
    Chairpeople for you to contact:

    Ellen Goldenson chairs our efforts every 1st Friday.
    Ellen Flaum chairs our efforts every 3rd Friday.

    Please click on their names to drop them a line
    to let them know you are interested.

    All training is provided … ability to lift a
    filled grocery bag is most helpful.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to make 
    a difference exactly one mile from our 
    synagogue.  We are happy to answer
    your questions … just let us know how
    we can help you help others!

  • Join us as we study the Torah portion of the week,
    in English.  This stimulating discussion focuses on
    how we can find relevance in our ancient sacred 
    text, and is open to the entire community.

    Every Saturday from 9:30-10:30am (-ish)

    FREE and open to all, so feel
    free to invite your friends!

    No Hebrew required (although you
    might learn some along the way).  

    Coffee and something sweet always served,
    so come hungry for both a tasty bite
    and some great Jewish learning!

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  • Become a Greeter at Shabbat services!
     
    “Hachnasat Orchim” is the mitzvah of showing
    hospitality to, and welcoming, strangers.
     
    Remember that first time you walked
    into a new synagogue?
     
    We hope you were warmly
    greeted by a friendly face!
    If not, we would love YOU to
    be that friendly face to greet
    our members and visitors!
     
    (This is also a great way to meet
    other Temple Israelites!)
     
    Click on the link below to read about
    what our Greeters do and to sign up for 
    a specific evening to do this mitzvah!
  • Temple Israel is committed to helping refugees resettle in
    our area … after all, weren’t we all refugees at some point
    in our family history?  Click below to learn more about
    our project … and learn how you can help:


    http://temple-israel.com/community/tikkun-olam-social-action/ti-s-refugee-initiative

  • Why Should I Join a Synagogue?

    Why do people join synagogues?  Many people join a synagogue for a sense of community, a connection with like-minded people, learning opportunities, and spiritual expression. You’ll find that and more at Temple Israel of West Palm Beach!

    Perhaps you already enjoy or are interested in sampling more of the myriad opportunities Temple Israel has to offer, including our musical Shabbat and holiday worship services, our “TI Learns” adult education offerings, special events and series featuring guest artists and speakers, intergenerational/family programs, social action/ social justice projects, and affinity groups that cater to our diverse temple family. At TI, “membership has its privileges” and we’re happy to make them available to you while welcoming you to our congregation.

    Benefits of your Temple Israel membership include:

    • The availability of our Rabbi to conduct meaningful life cycle events for your family.
    • The privilege of pastoral care, including the counsel and support of our Rabbi in times of difficulty and bereavement, as well as during times of celebration.
    • Complimentary tickets to our High Holy Days’ Worship Services.
    • Eligibility for your child(ren) to enroll in our B’nai Mitzvah training program.
    • Opportunity to purchase cemetery plots (at a significantly discounted price) within Temple Israel’s section at Star of David Memorial Park.
    • Timely Yahrzeit notifications for any family members that have passed away.
    • Subscription to our monthly newsletter, the Koleynu
    • Subscription to our e-mail and “snail mail” communications so you can keep up with all the great things happening at TI.
    • A musically-inspired congregation singing our prayers using a mix of traditional and modern melodies during our worship services, with an intentionally even mix of Hebrew and English so as to be as accessible and meaningful as possible for all who pray with us. 
    • Opportunities for Adult Education with our Rabbi and Rabbi Emeritus, as well as other area guest clergy/faculty, as well as access to our entire “TI Learns” catalogue which includes broader secular education courses (in the past, these courses have included topics such as art history, yoga, and hands-on art classes).
    • Opportunities to personally raise your social justice voice through helping us serve dinner on Christmas to those in need at St. George’s Church in Riviera Beach, our monthly work at the WPB Food Pantry on Tamarind in WPB (which we helped found), ongoing projects with Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and other social justice causes.
    • Membership in the Union for Reform Judaism, the organization of the Reform Movement in North America, which provides to each member a subscription to URJ’s quarterly magazine (“Reform Judaism Magazine”), discounted tuition to URJ Camps, and access to NFTY (the National Federation of Temple Youth) youth programs and educational and leadership opportunities for your teens and pre-teens.
    • Access to TIWPTY, TIWPTY, Jr., Itty Bitty TIWPTY, and Chaverim, our youth group programs through NFTY.
    • Annual Scholar-in-Residence programs, as well as active Sisterhood and Brotherhood groups.
    • Access to Holiday Dinners and Celebrations, including our Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast and Second Night Passover Seder.
    • A broad and eclectic group of passionate members who care deeply for our 90+ year-old progressive Reform congregation and who want to invite you to join them on their intergenerational and inclusive Jewish journeys. 


    Contact us today!

    If you are considering becoming a part of our spirited progressive community, we’ve made it easy to join. Our Temple Administrator, Jennifer Green-Baer, is here to assist and happy to speak with you. Please contact her at (561) 833-8421, or by email at Jennifer at Temple-Israel.com.  

    We look forward to welcoming you as part of our Temple Israel family!