For Visitors … Welcome to Temple Israel of 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 righthand side as you enter our building from our parking lot, you will find our nametags … we encourage 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! (One set of bathrooms is right across from the nametags. A second set is located in the entryway to the Kraft Sanctuary, a third set in our Clergy/Administrative Suite, and a fourth set is upstairs in our Media Center/Cyber Cafe.)
Our “Nosh” Before and Our Oneg Shabbat 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 Horowitz Courtyard (the center courtyard as you enter) or the Goldblatt Meditation Garden in the Waterview Courtyard (overlooking the Intercoastal). Everyone is welcome to attend this special opportunity to get to know our community as well as the Oneg Shabbat dessert reception which follows all of our services. (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!) Check the calendar and/or call the Office at (561) 833-8421 to confirm the time when services start (our “First Friday” worship begins at 7:30pm during the school year, while all other services usually begin at 6:30pm).
What Do I Need 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 happening at Temple Israel. Additionally, you will find tallitot (ritual fringed shawls) and kippot (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’s Kaddish.
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, Torah study every Saturday morning, and about-monthly Shabbat morning worship (called “Out of the Box Shabbat”), 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 newsletter (called the Koleynu) approximately once a month. If you would like to receive it, please click here and tell us 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 celebrate Shabbat. Please call our office to check with us about dates. Almost all of our 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! (If you can, we would really appreciate it if you could RSVP for our dinners … if you come on a dinner night and did not RSVP, please ask our Administrator or one of our Board Members if there is room … you are always welcome if we aren’t sold out!)
Lastly, thank you for visiting Temple Israel … and please do let us know how we can help you on your Jewish journey!