Tot Shavuot Welcoming Our First Fruits
Friday, May 26, 6:15 pm
Welcome Temple’s new babies (First Fruits) while celebrating Shavuot. Service appropriate for all ages. Family-friendly dinner to follow. Contact Jackie Evans if you have a baby who was born in the last year. RSVP for the dinner here. Free for members who reserve by May 24; after that date and for non-members, the cost is $8/adult and $4/child.
Commercial Appeal Op/ed by Rabbi Bauman: Yearbook photo a teachable moment"
Our community must support this review and the action steps that flow from it. To do otherwise minimizes a colossal error in judgment by many people and tolerates a lack of appreciation for the power of symbols and images to inflict pain. We owe it to our children to learn through this unfortunate occurrence to treat the study of historical events with greater respect.
Rabbi Katie Bauman shares her thoughts on the Houston Middle School yearbook photo via The Commercial Appeal. http://memne.ws/2qK14NR
Counting of the Omer
The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the “Counting of the Omer”. The counting, which lasts for 49 days, takes place at night and starts on the second night of Pesach. Those who "count the Omer" recite a blessing each night of the 50-day period. Click here for the blessing and to learn more.
See Rabbi Greenstein's Sermons from Calvary Episcopal Church Lenten Series
Rabbi Greenstein spoke to a packed sanctuary (both days!) during the Calvary Episcopal Church Lenten Preaching Series this past Tuesday (3/21) and Wednesday (3/22). Couldn't make it? See the sermons here.
View the March 27, 2017 Interfaith Justice Panel
Temple Israel hosted an incredible evening, a panel discussion focused on "Why Justice is Foundational to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism". Led by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Reverend Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery of Idlewild Presbyterian Church and Dr. Yasir Qadhi of Memphis Islamic Center, the 375+ attendees left with a better understanding of the similarities between the faiths and their shared emphasis on justice. View the full evening here.