eNews Friday, January 18 ~ 12 Shevat 5779
Join us in celebrating this special Shabbat
with a musically inspired service!

Our Shira Group will sing several songs,
and two featured singers
Katie Finkelstein and Paige Kenewell
will join Cantor Abraham for a special song.

Plus, a creative Haftarah will be led by
Lisa & Sarah Klee.

Shabbat Services begin at 10:00a.m.

About Shabbat Shira

This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Shirah, "Sabbath of Song," because on it we read/chant the epic poem, Shirat HaYam, "Song at the Sea," contained in the Torah portion B'shalach.

The musical/poetic nature of the sabbath is compounded with the haftarah portion including Shirat D'vorah, "Song of Deborah" within the selected passage from the Book of Judges.
One can imagine ancient storytellers/troubadours entertaining their audiences with these song-poems, retelling the tales of heroism and victory with complex language, rhythm, and repetition. After a few hearings, the people would join in on the verses they remembered:

Mi chamochah ba-eilim Adonai?
"Who is like You, Eternal One, among the celestials?" (Exodus 15:11)

Uri uri D'vorah, uri uri dabri-shir!
"Rouse yourself, Deborah, rouse yourself, rouse yourself and sing a song!" (Judges 5:12)

Minyan Matters

As you may know, attendance has been sparse at daily minyan services.
In order to come together and support our members observing Yahrzeit's, please consider making some kind of commitment to attend. Even if just twice per month it would truly make a difference!
Mon & Thurs: 7:15am, Sun: 8:00 am
Daily at 5:15pm
Groh Minyan Breakfast
Sunday, February 3rd

Guest Speaker:
Mark Weiner
CEO, Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania

"Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania coming to Wilkes-Barre- How We Can Help Your and Your Family"

About Our Speaker:
Over the past six months, Mark Weiner has been focusing on the development of a comprehensive strategic business plan for the future of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania. In current and future efforts, attention is being given to expand services and connect with major organizations in Wilkes Barre, including Temple Israel and the Jewish Federation to better serve the Wilkes-Barre community.

Mark previously served for fourteen years as President and CEO of CJE SeniorLife, a comprehensive Jewish sponsored organization based in Chicago serving 23,000 clients through 30+ defined program areas. Mark also has experience in health care consulting and hospital administration. He has a B.A. from the University at Buffalo and a M.H.S.A. from the University at Michigan; and, has lectured and written extensively on strategic planning, business and facility development and governance. Mark is an active member of the Association of Jewish Aging Services and serves on the Board of the University at Buffalo Alumni Association Board. He and his wife Patty recently joined Temple Israel here in Wilkes-Barre. Please join us in welcoming them and hearing what he has to say!

Minyan: 8am ~ Breakfast 8:30am ~ Speaker 9am
RSVP to Temple Office 570-824-8927 or info@templewb.org by Jan 29th
Friday, January 18th, 6pm:
Congregational Shabbat Dinner
See detail above.

Saturday, January 19th, 10am:
Shabbat Shira
Musical enhancement at Shabbat Services with Shira Group
Creative Haftarah led by Lisa & Sarah Klee

Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30-8pm
Active Shooter /Hostile Threat Educational Program
at the JCC, led by
FBI Special Agent & Domestic Terrorism Expert, Joseph F. Metzinger
See detail above

Wednesday, January 23th, 6-8pm:
SJ Gallery Private Tour
See detail above

Friday, January 25th, 7:30pm :
International Holocaust Remembrance Service
Shared service at Temple B'nai B'rith
Featured Speaker: Elly Miller
"Jewish Continuity: Proof that Hitler & the Nazi's Did Not Have Their Way"

Sunday, February 3rd:
Groh Minyan Breakfast
Minyan-8am, Breakfast-8:30am, Speaker-9am
Featured Speaker: Mark Weiner
Executive Director, Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania

Saturday, February 9th, 10am:
Midrasha Shabbat

Sunday, February 17th, 8:30 am:
Bible & Bagels
Sponsored by: Hal Levine