Temple Israel eNews Friday, July 20, 2018
Shabbat Shalom!
July 21, 2018 ~ 9 Av 5778
Haftarah will be chanted by Cantor Abraham
Services will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Cantor's Notes on Tisha B'Av
Tisha B_av
Services will be held during Minyan as follows:

Erev Tisha B'av
Sat., July 21st, 5:15pm
Tisha B'av:
Sun., July 22nd, 8:00am

Why is Tisha B'Av considered the saddest day of the Jewish year? 

The Rabbis held that it was preordained to be a day of tragedy for the Jewish People. According to the Talmud, God marked the ninth of Av as a day of calamity because of the negative report given by 10 of the 12 spies sent by Moses to reconnoiter the Promised Land. Upon hearing the report, the Children of Israel displayed ingratitude and a complete lack of faith in God by crying and complaining that they should never have left Egypt. As a result, God declared: "You wept without cause; I will therefore make this an eternal day of mourning for you." It was then decreed that on Tisha b'Av the Temple would be destroyed and Israel would go into exile.
The destruction of both Temples and the loss of the ancient Jewish state were not the only sad events to have occurred on the ninth of Av. By tragic coincidence, many other calamitous events in Jewish history happened on this day. In 133 CE the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans came to an end with the massacre at Betar. A year later, the Romans plowed over the Temple Mount and built a pagan city on the site. In 1290 in England and 1492 in Spain, the Jews were expelled on Tisha b'Av. WW I began on Tisha b'Av, and there are those who see the connection of that day with the start of a long period of suffering for our people which included pogroms and massacres, culminating with the Holocaust of WW II.
Since the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948 there has been much discussion as to whether Tisha b'Av should still be observed. This sentiment increased with the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. Although the modern state of Israel has brought a renewed sense of pride to our people unmatched in the past 2000 years, there is still a place for Tisha b'Av in Jewish observance. It serves to remind us of the need for moral and ethical living. It focuses attention in the universal aspects of the Messianic hope. Perhaps most importantly, it gives us a sense of our most impressive and often tragic history, the sacrifices and suffering of past generations, and affords us an opportunity to learn from our past in order to preserve our future.
Sukkot Shabbat Dinner
September 28th, 6:00 p.m.

Our next Congregational Shabbat Dinner will be held during Sukkot!

Weather permitting, we will have blessings and/or dessert in our beautiful Sukkah!

Please call the Temple Office at 570-824-8927to make your reservation or email info@templewb.org

A Midrasha Fundraiser:
Andrew Lloyd Weber's
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Directed by Dana Feigenblatt

July 28th & August 4th: 7:30 PM
July 29 & August 5th:
2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Temple B’nai B’rith, Kingston

$12 for Adults, $10 for students
Tickets are avialable by calling
Temple B'nai B'rith: 570-287-9606
Midrasha is the partnership between the Temple Israel and Temple B’nai B’rith Hebrew schools that began in 2017. It has been extremely successful in bringing our Jewish Heritage, Torah, and Hebrew and History to our students. As we prepare for our second wonderful year, we begin with a spectacular show- as good as any professional cast- with the Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers set to stage by one of the greatest playwrights in our day, Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

The school is presenting this phenomenal show with a superb cast of players renowned in our area from the Music Box and other local and national theatre productions. Dana Feigenblatt, who has directed and appeared in many local theatrical performances, will direct this performance. Bring your friends and family!
The Israeli Scouts
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 PM at the JCA and 1:00 at Camp
Presented by the Al and Leah Ufberg Endowment & William and Ethel Winkler Concert Endowments

The Tzofim Friendship Caravan is a group of ten energetic teenagers who are leaders in their Scout chapters in Israel. Together with their two leaders, the Caravan travels across North America, using song, dance, and personal stories to share friendship and love for Israel and representing Israel as "ambassadors of goodwill."

A $6.00 dinner at 5:45 PM will precede the concert. Reservations are required for the dinner.

 The Concert is free and open to the public. 
Concert will begin promptly at 7:00, followed by a reception.

Scouts will perform at camp at 1:00 P.M
Call 570-824-4646 for more information 

Pauly Friedman 5K Walk/Run
Save the Date:
August Bible & Bagels
Sunday, August 12th
Sponsored by Jane & Dan Messinger

Topic: All About ראש חודש Rosh Chodesh

Minyan 8:30 am
Bible & Bagel Session: 9:00 am

In partnership, Temple Israel &
Penn State Wilkes-Barre present:
Jewish Film Festival!
 Featuring (5) Exceptional Films
Film Preview Event & Lecture
Film Preview Event:
Sunday, September 16th,2018

Film Showings w/ Lecture & Discussion:
 Thursday evenings, 7PM at RC Wilkes-Barre Movies 14
Sept. 27th & Oct. 4th,11th,18th & 25th
Cost: Just $25 for the entire series!
Featured Films:

"Gentleman’s Agreement"
"A Majority of One"
"Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a NY Fixer"
"The Invisibles"

Brief Lecture & Discussion will follow each film!

Registration information coming soon!
For more info call 570-824-8927 or Email info@templewb.org

RSVP of interest needed for
October Bus Trip to The Metropolitan Opera!

Planning for our October Bus Trip is shaping up. We have narrowed down our possibilities to:
October 16th - Samson & Dalila
October 29th - Tosca
October 30th - Carmen

2:00 PM leave Wilkes Barre 
5:00 PM Arrive in NYC
free time / dinner 
7:00 PM doors open
7:30 PM - 10:40 opera (Carmen would be about 15 minutes longer)
Arrive home. 1:00 - 1:30
Click on the images below to learn more about each Opera!
Georges Bizet's: Carmen
 October 30th
Giacomo Puccini's: Tosca
October 29th
Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila
October 16th
Please email info@templewb.org or call the Temple Office at 570-824-8927 to express your interest!

We will put you on the list and contact you once details are finalized.

Parking Lot Access Limited

Parking Lot Status

The parking lot adjacent to the school building remains under construction and unavailable for parking or pedestrian access.
Please park in the lot behind the synagogue or on South and West River Street until further notice.
A few parking spaces have been reserved on the opposite side of the school building for Temple Israel office use.