Annual Meeting FestivitiesFriday, April 28, 2017
Celebrate Temple Israel’s 163rd year, beginning with the Annual Meeting that will elect new Trustees and present the 2017-2018 budget and following with a Shabbat service (6:00 pm) that will feature guest speaker, Tom Shadyac renowned Hollywood director, author, and radio host. The evening will conclude with a Shabbat dinner (7:30 pm). Dinner costs $25/person. Reserve here. Special thanks to WRJ-Sisterhood for providing desserts!
New and Returning Temple Israel Trustees
List of Esteemed Trustees
Raymond Evans, Jeff Kerlan, Billie Pierce, Esther Saltzman, and Elissa Taub (serving second year of Term 2, 2016-2018); Marisa Baggett and Lisa Barden (serving frst year of Term 2, 2017-2019); Julie Boshwit, Bob Eiseman, Bruce Landau, Tony Lin, Leigh Royal, Liz Rudnick, Jason Salomon, and Patti Weiss (serving second year of Term 1, 2016-2018); and Michael Dragutsky, Rhonda Feiler, Mark Finestone, Sheila Hahn, Charles Jalenak, Janet Brueck Lang, Benjamin Orgel, and Janice Ringel (serving frst year of Term 1, 2017-2019).
The Offcers include Elkan Scheidt, President; Mark Fogelman, Senior Vice President; Leigh Mansberg, Vice President; Wendy Rotter, Vice President; Alex Saharovich, Vice President; Laurie Meskin, Secretary; David Rosenthal, Treasurer; David Bearman, Counsel; Jonathan Frisch, Immediate Past President; Nancy Kline, WRJ-Sisterhood President, and Danny Mansberg, MRJ-Brotherhood President.
Retiring in 2017: Ben Beatus, Melanie Fine, Amy Kirshbaum, Jay Lindy, and Ralph Yaffe.
Temple Welcomes Rabbi Rinat Safania from Shoham, Israel!Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Sunday, April 30, 2017
April 26 - 30, 2017
Rabbi Rinat will visit Temple along with lay leaders as part of the Shoham Project, an initiative to build an exciting relationship with a Reform Jewish community in central Israel called Kehilat Shoham. Thank you to the Lemsky Endowment Fund for sponsoring the Shoham Project.
Career Transition Group
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.
Engage in Judaism With Dr. Joe LevySunday, January 8, 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 2017
Sundays through May 7, 2017, when religious school is in session, 11 am
Topic is: Moses: Liberator, Leader, Law Giver, Teacher, Prophet, Poet, Hero, and Human Being. Please bring a Bible to class.
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.