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!
Regarding finding your way around, here is the answer to the most important question you might have: where are the bathrooms? One set of bathrooms is right across from the nametags as you first enter from the parking lot. A second set is located once you enter into the lobby of the Kraft Sanctuary (ladies on the left and gentlemen on the right). A third set is in our Clergy/Administrative Suite, and a fourth set is upstairs in our Media Center/Cyber Cafe. Please note that the bathrooms in the Clergy/Administrative Suite and the Media Center/Cyber Café are gender-neutral in an effort to be welcoming to all, so please choose either the gendered or gender-neutral bathrooms, whichever makes you feel more comfortable. All four sets of restrooms are handicapped-accessible. Lastly, if you are looking for a changing-table, you will find them in the handicapped-accessible stalls in both the men’s and women’s restrooms also from the David and Pauline Carter Ballroom.
Our “Proneg”/Nosh Before Services and OurOneg Shabbat Dessert Reception Following Services … If you are coming to our Erev Shabbat/Friday night worship service, we invite you to come for our pre-service nosh (wine and snacks) called the “Proneg,” which starts 1/2 hour before the service begins. It will be held either in our David and Pauline Carter Ballroom (on the right as you enter from the parking lot), our Kenneth and Barbara Horowitz Courtyard (in the center courtyard after passing by the Carter Ballroom as you enter), or the Sidney and Marilyn Lassen Waterview Courtyard (overlooking the Intracoastal). Everyone is welcome to attend both the “Proneg” and the Oneg Shabbat, as these are special opportunities to get to know our community. (Both events usually take place in the same location, but please listen to the announcements at the end of services to confirm … or, just follow the crowd!)
What Do I Need to Know to Participate in TI’s Worship … Next to the entrance of the Kraft Sanctuary, you should be welcomed by one of our Greeters, who will hand you an “Order of Service” outlining the flow of the service and updating you on everything coming up at Temple Israel. Additionally, you will findtallitot (ritual fringed shawls) andkippot(head coverings). Both Jewish men and Jewish women are invited to wear a head covering in the synagogue, but it is absolutely not required. If you so choose, you are also welcome to borrow a tallit to wear, however, please note that they are traditionally only worn during morning/daytime services.
What About Hebrew … Our siddurim (prayer books) are found in the seat pocket in front of you (or under your seat if you sit in the front row). Every word in our prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, is translated and transliterated to assist with those who are not familiar with Hebrew. Additionally, our Rabbi works hard to create worship services that are 50% Hebrew and 50% English to keep our worship accessible to all.
Healing Prayers … During our Friday evening worship, Rabbi Olshein invites the congregation to include the names of their loved ones who are in need of a prayer for healing of the body, mind, or the spirit within our Mi Sheberach for healing. Please feel free to share your loved one’s name with our community during this time.
Remembering a Loved One …If you are observing a recent passing of a loved one, or observing the anniversary of a loved one’s passing, please feel free to include their name when Rabbi Olshein asks for names before the recitation of the Mourner’sKaddish (the Mourner’s prayer).
Getting to Know Us … Our members love to play “Jewish Geography” and you probably lived someplace we did and know people we know. Hearing our visitors’ stories is always interesting and we are eager to hear yours!
Attending Services and other Programs … In addition to weekly Shabbat services on Friday evenings, our monthly-ish “Out of the Box Shabbat Morning” worship, and weekly Torah study on Saturday mornings, we celebrate the full range of annual holidays and have an extensive adult education program called, “TI Learns” (which includes both Jewish and non-Jewish learning). Additionally, new programs are developed in response to our evolving community. We are here to support you on your Jewish path and believe that coming together to learn and celebrate enriches everyone. We hope to see you more often!
Keeping in Touch …In addition to sending out announcements about special classes, events, and programs in the community, we send out our electronic newsletter approximately twice each month. If you would like to receive it, please click here to us know you want to receive information regarding what’s happening at Temple Israel.
Join Us for a Shabbat Meal … About once a month, we offer a special Friday night dinner to celebrateShabbat (also, everyone is invited to join us for the light Kiddush lunch following our monthly-ish “Out of the Box Shabbat Morning” worship). Please call our office to check with us about dates. Almost all of our Friday night meals have a suggested donation, but we never want anyone to feel left out because of finances, so please donate what you can towards the cost of your meal and still join us to celebrate Shabbat!
Lastly, thank you for visiting Temple Israel … and please do let us know how we can help you on your Jewish journey!