Saturday March 10th, 2018 ~ 23 Adar, 5778
Shabbat Shalom!

Join us for Midrasha Shabbat! 
Our 6th & 7th grade students will participate in the service  
and chant the haftarah with Rabbi Kaplan! 
Services begin at 10:00 a.m.

Bible & Bagels 
Sponsored by Ann Smith 
Sunday, March 11th at 8:30 A.M.
Rabbi will help us better understand the foundation for three of our symbolic practices:  the wearing of Tefillin, and the Tallit, and the origins of the Mezuzah.  Participate in the discussion to more fully understand why we practice these rituals.

Reservation deadline for breakfast has passed,  
but please feel free to attend and participate in the discussion.

Private Tour at Pauly Friedman Art Gallery,  
Misericordia University, Dallas 
Canadian Masters 
Sunday, March 11th at 3:30 PM
 No charge for the gallery tour, dinner is pay on your own. 
Collector's, Sarah & Carmen Latona, will guide us 
through this private tour of their special collection!

Local residents, Sarah & Carmen Latona, built an exceptional collection of Canadian master's art inspired by their admiration for the French-Canadian culture. Their collection features watercolor and oil paintings by some of the most important Canadian artists of the last 50 years.
Following the exhibit, we will gather at Peking Chef
in the Dallas Shopping Center. 
Feel free to bring guests, regardless if they are Temple Israel members.

Reservation deadline has passed, but if you would like to attend please email 

Friday March 16, 6:00 P.M. at Temple B'nai B'rith

Return to Vietnam:
Two Baby Boomers Share their Reflections
Sunday, March 18th- 3:30 p.m. Temple Israel Vestry 
Sheldon and Ina Lubin recently traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia with the tour group Road's Scholar.  This was no ordinary vacation!

For both of them, as for many Baby Boomers, the Vietnam conflict has had a lasting influence throughout their adult lives. Sheldon, a Vietnam veteran, chose to return to a land he only knew from his war experience as an army soldier.  For Ina, being married to a Vietnam vet, was a motivating reason to better understand the effect of Shelly's involvement in the Vietnam war.

At the request of several of our congregants, Sheldon and Ina will share their perspective on their 14 day Mekong River boat journey into Vietnam and Cambodia.
Service for the First Born:
Friday, March 30th, 7:15 a.m.
First Seder:
Friday, March 30th 
Second Seder:
Saturday, April 1st

Passover Candy Fundraiser
Before you start shopping, look for an email in the next few days with instructions on how to to place  
Miss Chocolate candy orders to support Midrasha! 
Healing & Havdalah Service
Saturday April 7th 5:45p.m.  
In keeping with the growing movement to provide Jewish "healing" services in contemporary American culture, Temple Israel is holding a Healing & Havdalah Service.   The service will include traditional Havdalah service prayers as well as Jewish based healing prayers, practices and rituals.   Our very own, Lisa Klee, a Reiki practitioner and thirty year veteran of providing individuals and groups stress-relief and healing through guided meditation and relaxation techniques, will assist in facilitating the service.  
Friends and family are welcome regardless of their religious affiliation.
Temple Israel and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic present:
Award-Winning Russian American Violinist
Yevgeny Kutick
Saturday, April 21, at First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre.
For the first time ever, Temple Israel has entered into a collaboration with Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic to present this exciting concert. Honorary Chairman of the event is our very own Esther Davidowitz, a loyal supporter of the NEPA Philharmonic since its formation in 1972. 
The concert will be the highlight of our Artist in Residence Weekend and the Philharmonic's Chamber Concert Series.

The concert will be open to the public and admission is $36 per person.

Schedule of Events: 
Friday April 20th, 5:30 p.m. 
Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Oneg, cocktail reception to Meet & Greet the artist at the home of Rosemary Chromey & Richard Goldberg.  
Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m.
 Shabbat Services at Temple Israel featuring Artist in Residence, Yevgeny Kutish and Wyoming Seminary Madrigal Singers, John Vaida, conductor.Kiddush luncheon to follow.
Saturday, April 21st, 8:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church: Havadalah service followed by recital by violinist, Yevgeny Kutick and pianist, Spencer Myer. Champagne & Dessert reception, sponsored by Westmoreland Club.

About the Artist: 
American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of both standard works and newly composed repertoire. According to WQXR, New York Public Radio, "Kutik delivers the performances with a blend of polished dexterity and genteel, old world charm."  
The evening's eclectic program will feature the Violin Sonata in F (Mendelssohn); Baal Shem Suite (Bloch); Waltz from Cinderella (Prokofiev); Hebrew Melody and Hebrew Lullaby (Achron); and Tzigane, rapsodie de concert (Ravel). A reception and "meet and greet" will follow the performance.
Yevgeny Kutik made his major orchestral debut in 2003 with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as the First Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists competition. In 2006, he was awarded the Salon de Virtuosi Grant as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize. Kutik's discography includes Words Fail (Marquis Classics, 2016), Music from the Suitcase (Marquis Classics, 2014) and Sounds of Defiance (Marquis Classics 2012).

Temple Israel's annual Artist in Residence Weekend is underwritten by the
Myne & Nat Levy Endowment. In addition to Honorary Chairman Esther Davidowitz, the planning committee includes Rosemary Chromey, Jessica Nataupsky Kang, Rabbi Larry Kaplan, Cantor Ahron Abraham, Bob Greenwald, Ina Lubin, Joel Zitofsky, Debbie Schonfeld, Jane Messinger and Janet Finkelstein. 
SAVE THE DATE! Ticket information coming soon! 
Celebrate with us as we transition to the new
Women's Shabbat
April 28th, 2018  
Join us as we honor the end of our long history as formal Women's League members and
 celebrate our commitment to  remain strong as a community of Conservative Jewish women!

  We invite our congregational women to participate in the service, whether for an English reading,  ark opening, Torah honor or Torah reading.

Please email or call the office 570-824-8927 with your interest.

Marsha Lebenson or Ina Lubin,
service co-chairs will follow-up with you.

"Celebrating Ruth on Shavuot"
May 19th, 2018 

This year, on the weekend of Shavuot 
 we will celebrate the "Ruths" of our congregation!  
We invite women and girls in our congregation for honors on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 who: 
  • Have a first or middle name of Ruth linked to the Biblical Ruth whose powerful story is celebrated on this holiday
  • Have chosen to become Jewish, the spiritual descendants of Ruth
  • Have a special connection with the Biblical story of Ruth
Each of our honorees will read a portion of the Book of Ruth (English or Hebrew) or otherwise participate in the service.

Please email or call the office 570-824-8927  
if you are interested in
either or both of these opportunities.
Calendar of Upcoming Events: 
11th: Bible and Bagels (Ann Smith Sponsorship)
11th: Pauly Friedman Art Gallery Tour at Misericordia University 
16th: Midrasha Consecration at TBB
18th: Return to Vietnam: Two Boomers Share Their Reflections
24th: Bat Mitzvah: Molly Romanowski
25th: Millennial Penguin Game Event
30th: Service for the First Born/First Seder 

1st:  Second Seder
7th:  Healing Service with Lisa Klee 
20th: Kabbalat Shabbat Service-Artist in Residence Reception
21st: Artist in Residence Shabbat and Evening Concert
22nd: Book Club
28th: Women's Shabbat


Click HERE to read March 8th JCA eNews
"Basketball Banquet Photos, Camp Memories On-line, Yiddish"

Temple Israel, 236 S. River Street, 570-824-8927, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702