Yom Rivii, 28 Tishri 5778

Hurricane Maria Relief

Right now, two of our staff members are suffering immense heartache in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

Laurie Thomas, Assistant Director of our Kehillah School, and 20 year staff member, grew up on the Island of Dominica. Her childhood home has been completely destroyed – along with its contents. Her mother, Eileen is living in a shelter. Two of her three sisters, Christine and Sarah, are holed up in the kitchen of one house, as it is the only room left standing. Another sister, Chrissy, had her home destroyed as well. As we speak, Laurie’s other sister, Octavia, who lives in Antigua, is attempting to charter a boat to bring supplies to her family.
As you know, Hurricane Maria also struck Puerto Rico with a massive blow. Our maintenance team member of 15 years, Brian Gomez, has a brother, Juan Carlos, who lives on the island. All but two houses in Juan Carlos’ neighborhood have been completely flooded. While Juan Carlos was able to get his family safely to Maryland, to stay with family, Juan Carlos remained behind. Currently, there is no electricity and they have been told it could be as long as four months until basic services are restored. 

Please donate to help Laurie and Brian's families. Do what you can and show how we look after members of our community.
On behalf of Laurie and Brian, and their families, we thank you.

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• Donate and Dedicate to a Specific Fund

Annual membership dues and tuition fees only cover about 70% of the actual cost of Temple Israel's wide range of ritual, educational and social activities. Temple Israel depends on your support and to facilitate the act of Tzedakah, Temple Israel provides this on-line form that makes giving easy. You can elect to give a specific amount and then enter the funds to which you wish to donate to.  If you wish to give to several funds, Temple Israel can split your donation evenly to each fund you note or if you prefer, you can type in a specific amount for each fund in the space provided.  A list of funds is found on below. You may also include a dedication for each fund. If you are generously donating in honor or in memory of someone, those honored will be promptly informed of your thoughtfulness. Once you have completed the on-line donation form, click on the "submit" button. Your form will be electronically forwarded to Temple Israel and you will be contacted regarding your preferred payment method (check or credit card). For your convenience, Temple Israel of New Rochelle now accepts MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. See below for a list of funds.

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Temple Operating Fund: To support Temple Israel programs, Jewish education, social activities and operations.
Endowment Fund: Used to maintain and expand religious, educational, cultural, social and philanthropic activities of the Temple
ASL Interpreting Fund: To provide funding for ASL interpreting and to build the bridge between the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the general Jewish Community
Gladys and Murray Goldstein Cultural Center Fund: Enables the Temple to present exhibits and improve the Cultural Center
Kehillah School Childhood Capital Fund: for construction and major capital improvements for the Kehillah School
Kehillah School Childhood Program Fund: To support Kehillah programs
Hospitality Fund: For the holding of Kiddush and Oneg Shabbat receptions
Music Fund: To increase the quality of the musical presentations and add to the culture of the Temple
Prayer Book Fund: To enable the Temple to purchase prayer books
Pulpit Fund: To maintain the beauty of Temple Israel’s pulpit
Chavaya Program Fund: To maintain the Chavaya Program at Temple Israel
Radio Fund: To enable us to present radio broadcasts that we bring to the congregation and the larger public
Joan Sanders Transportation Fund: To enable congregants who do not drive to get to services
Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Fund: for adult education funding
Social Action Fund: To support social action projects in our synagogue and neighborhood communities
Temple Israel Cares: Enables the committee to provide meals for congregants who have been hospitalized or are recovering from illness and to provide Shiva baskets
Youth Involvement Fund: Enhances youth programs

Clergy Discretionary Funds...These funds allow our clergy to support a wide variety of charitable causes
Senior Rabbi Weiner Discretionary Fund
Rabbi Nichols Discretionary Fund
Cantor Schloss Discretionary Fund

• Shabbat Opportunities to Support the Community Dinners


Consider Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mazel Tov’s, Baby Namings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, Engagements/Weddings,  “In Memory Of...”/Yahrzeit, Graduations, Recovery... click here to consider a Shabbat Opportunity of a:

  • Dessert Sponsor: sponsor the dessert for one Shabbat dinner which includes a variety of baked goods, fruit, mini pastries and your choice of inscription on cake, $180
  • Bar Sponsor: sponsor the bar for one Shabbat dinner which includes Beer/Wine and Top Shelf liquor along with a uniformed bartender on staff, $180
  • Gift of Shabbat: sponsor one Shabbat dinner for the Congregation, $540
  • Gift of Life: sponsor five Shabbat dinners for the Congregationj, your choice of dates, $2,500
  • Shabbat Angel: sponsor the entire series of Shabbat dinners for the year, $6,000

• "Brick by Brick: Your Child & Kehillah: A Lasting Impression"


Preserve a prominent place in history by buying a personalized brick on the Kehillah playground. Your donation will help support the fundraising efforts to enhance our current playground.

Three brick options are available. Large, medium and small.

Click here to start your memory now.

 beth behr memorial at 500 pixels

Beth Behr Memorial Appeal

As you all know, Beth was an active member of the Temple Israel community for years. She and her family embraced all that the Temple has to offer. Her two older children, Ian and Mackenzie, were members of TIFTY through their senior year of high school, and her daughter, Grace, is currently preparing to become a Bat Mitzvah this winter.

Click here to read more. Questions? Email Anita Aronoff  

Coming Up

28th of Tishrei,
10.18.2017 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kehilllah School Picture Day
10.18.2017 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
TIFTY High Holiday Food Drive Delivery
10.18.2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kehillah School Curriculum Night
10.18.2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting (meet & greet 7 pm)
10.19.2017 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
Shirah (Kehillah School)

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