Saturday September 16th, 2017 ~ 25  Elul 5777

Shabbat Shalom!


Join us in celebrating  
the Bat Mitzvah of  
Halle Kranson  
 
Services begin at 10:00 a.m. 
 

"Hi. My name is Halle Kranson and I will be called to the Torah on September 16, 2017.  My parents are Chad and Jenny Kranson and my sister is Aleah Kranson.  I have a dog, Oreo, who is a miniature schnauzer.  I attend Wyoming Area and enjoy math and science classes.  I love to play sports and I participate in soccer, basketball and softball.  I am also a member of a travel basketball team that plays year round.  For my Bat Mitzvah project, I have decided to support the local animal shelter and am collecting animal necessities which will be donated.  I am excited to be called to the Torah and celebrate my Bat Mitzvah with family and friends."
 
-Halle Kranson 


Don't Miss Temple Israel & Temple B'nai Brith's
Selichot Service   
September 16th - 7:30 p.m. at Temple B'nai B'rith 

Our school merger is well underway and we are happy to report that it has been a smooth transition!  Both Rabbi Kaplan and Cantor Abraham will participate in  this years combined Selichot service led by Temple B'nai B'rith's Rabbi Lerner.  We hope you will join us and are certain you will enjoy the musical accompaniment of the Temple B'nai B'rith Choir! 

 
 



 
The celebration of our upcoming Jewish New Year is just around the corner!
 
As the Shofar sounds to welcome in 5778, a yearlong celebration of our Temple Israel history and individual family roots is planned.   There will be opportunities to honor our congregational history and to explore our individual family backgrounds.
 
If tracing your heritage is of interest to you, or you have insight or knowledge about the evolution of our synagogue to share, we'd love to hear from you!  We are looking for a small team of volunteers to help us design the best approach to bring this meaningful initiative to fruition.  
 
 
Please call the Temple Office if you are interested in participating.
 

       


A Note from Cantor Abraham

on Shira &
Rosh Hashana  
 
 
Rosh Hashanah is very different than the secular New Year.  It's not about noise and reverie, it's about introspection and self-improvement, both personally and on a broader level.

Last year the 92nd Street Y initiated a project that included cantors, rabbis and singers from around the world (including Israel)  singing a song by composer Michael Hunter Ochs. "A New Year" is a beautiful, simple musical prayer for Rosh Hashanah, and we're incorporating it into our worship this year. Our Shira group does a wonderful job singing it, and you would certainly enjoy just sitting and listening - but that's not the point. We want you the congregation to sing it, to pray it along with us.

 The month of Elul is a time of preparation for the holidays, a time to get in a prayerful, penitential mindset for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  I ask that as part of this preparation you listen to and sing along with this song. You'll pick up the melody and words easily, and I think you'll find yourself humming it or singing it during the day when you least expect.

Prayer doesn't have to be complicated; you just have to open yourself to it. Help us make this Rosh Hashanah spiritual and meaningful. Sing and pray together with us!

-Cantor Abraham 
  

Familiarize yourself with "A New Year" by composer Michael Hunter Ochs so you can join us in singing it
 on the first day of Rosh Hashana!
 


92nd Street Y
 "A New Year"
by Michael Hunter Ochs
  
May this be a year of love and kindness.
May strangers come to be friends.
May truth and compassion always guide us.
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah - men  (Amen)
 
May this be a year of hope and healing
For all of those in need.
May all of our deeds be a blessing,
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah - men  (Amen)
 
A new year, a good year.
A chance to start all over.
A new year, a sweet year,
A chance to bring us closer.
 
May this be a year of selfless giving.
May this be a year of peace.
And may we forgive and be forgiven.
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah - men  (Amen)
 
A new year, a good year.
A chance to start all over.
A new year, a sweet year,
A chance to bring us closer.   (Repeat chorus)
 
Closer to the ones we love.
A world that we can be proud of,
'long as there are stars above.
There comes a new year.
 
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah - men  (Amen)

       

Operation Isaiah

Teen/Young Adult  
Volunteers needed  
to help pack up donations! 

It's time to start setting aside non-perishable food items to
to be donated  to the food pantry at the J.C.C.

Myer Messinger will lead a team of youth volunteers in gathering and packing up the food donations collected at High Holiday services.  

Email info@templewb.org or call the Temple Office to sign up!    


 
High Holiday Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 20th

Minchah................................................................5:15 p.m.
Candle lighting time.............................................. 6:44 p.m.
 
Rosh Hashanah Day I
Thursday, September 21st 
(Shira enhanced Service)  

Services start.......................................................9:30 a.m. 
Minchah ................................................. ............ 5:15 p.m. 
(Minchah will be followed by a walk to the riverfront for Tashlich)  
 
Rosh Hashanah Day II
Friday, September 22nd (Traditional Service)
 
Preliminary Service starts......................................9:00 a.m.
Torah Service starts.............................................10:00 a.m.  
Haftarah will be chanted by Deborah Troy
Minchah ..................................................... ..........5:15 p.m. 
 
Shabbat Shuva 
Friday, September 22
Candle lighting time ...............................................6:41 p. m.
 
Saturday, September 23  
Haftarah will be chanted by Atty. Jerry Chariton
Services begin......................................................10:00 a.m.  
Minchah ................................................................5:15 p.m.

Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29th
Operation Isaiah Food Drive 
Services start........................................................6:30 p.m.
Candle lighting time................................................ 6:44 p.m. 
 
Yom Kippur 
Saturday, September 30th

Preliminary Services start ....................................9:30 a.m.    
Torah Service starts ............................................10:00 a.m. 
Haftarah will be chanted by  Dr. David Barras 
Sermon .................................................................Noon
Yizkor ...................................................................12:30 p.m.
Torah Minchah ......................................................10:00 a.m. 
Maftir Yonah will be chanted by Mark Finkelstein
Neilah ....................................................................6:00 p.m.
Shofar Blowing .....................................................7:23 p.m.
 
 

September Calendar: 
 
 
Sept. 16           Bat Mitzvah of Halle Kranson, 10:00 a.m.
  Selichot Service at Temple B'nai B'rith 7:30 p.m. 

Sept. 17           Midrasha, 9:00 a.m.
                          
Sept. 23           Shabbat Services, 10:00 a.m.

Sept. 24           Midrasha, 9:00 a.m. 
                       
Sept. 28           Midrasha, 4:00 p.m.
 
 

Save the Date:
 
 
Shabbat Occasions:
  • 10/7:; Sophia Kruger's Bat Mitzvah
  • 10/21: Family Service and Dress Down Shabbat
  • 11/4: Harold Rosenn's 100th B'day
  • 11/11: Veterans Day Shabbat
 
Special Sundays:
  • Sunday, 10/8: Riverside Minyan and Nature Walk
  • Sunday 10/15: Bible and Bagels @10AM (Minyan @ 9:30)
  • Sunday 10/15: Interfaith Family Dinner @ 6PM
  • Sunday 10/22: Interfaith Family Brunch @ 9AM
  • Sunday 10/22: Women's League Opening Meeting
  • Sunday 11/5:   Groh Minyan with Representative Matt Cartwright 
 
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Temple Israel, 236 S. River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702