W e l c o m e t o T e m p l e I s r a e l o f V e s t a l
N e w Y o r k
Upcoming for Temple Israel
May 21, 2015 and Beyond
Telephone numbers 607-723-7461 and
607-231-3746 (Rabbi’s office number)
Please note: The Yahrzeit listings in the June Bulletin ARE for June, not May as it was printed! Sorry for the error!
Temple office will be closed Friday May 22nd & Monday May 25th for Memorial Day weekend and Shavuot.
Upcoming Services at the JCC:
Friday May 22nd at 5:30pm at the JCC
Saturday May 23rd at 9:30am at the JCC
Sunday May 24th at 9:30am at Temple Concord
Monday May 25th at 9:30am at the JCC
Tuesday May 26th at 5:30pm at the JCC
Friday May 29th at 5:30pm at the JCC
Saturday May 30th at 9:30am at the JCC
Amylia Wiesner’s Bat Mitzvah – Saturday May 23rd at 9:30am at the JCC
Shavuot Program with Temple Concord – Sunday May 24th beginning at 9:30am with services in the Temple Concord Mansion. Services will be followed by a program featuring Rabbis Szajman, Goldman-Wartell, and Esserman- Beruriah: A Woman’s Voice in the Talmud. Next will be a dairy potluck luncheon in the TC Garden at 12:15pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish if you plan to attend the luncheon.
2nd day Shavuot services – Monday May 25th at 9:30am at the JCC
Isaac Karp’s Bar Mitzvah – Saturday June 6th at 9:30am at Roberson Mansion Ballroom, Front St, Binghamton. Our regular services will be at Roberson on this day.
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It’s the unofficial start of summer! Time to wear your whites!
Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Szajman
Shabbat Shalom and Hag Sameach.
This Shabbat morning we celebrate Amylia Wiesner becoming Bat Mitzvah. Mazal Tov to Amylia, her parents Annette and Lawrence and her sisters Gina and Skylar. Please join us in this community simcha. Services are at the JCC beginning at 9:30am. A kiddush luncheon, sponsored by the Wiesner family, will follow.
The parashah this Shabbat begins the book of Numbers, Bamidbar in Hebrew –“In the Wilderness.” This is a book of difficult times for the Israelites. They lose faith more than once, complaining of the desert hardships and the monotony of the food. They don’t feel God’s presence in spite of the many miracles and wonders God provides. But this is also the book in which our covenant with God is cemented as a nation and in which we accept the Torah into our lives. This is a book of revelation, of God, and of our own spirit. More than one commentator has suggested that the hardship of the wilderness may be necessary for the spiritual growth and closeness to God that follows: Shavuot, the receiving of the Torah.
Saturday night begins the holiday of Shavuot. We will celebrate with the traditions of study and prayer. Temple Israel will conduct our first day Shavuot services in the Kilmer Mansion at Temple Concord beginning at 9:30am. A potluck dairy lunch and Talmud study will follow: Beruriah, A Woman’s Voice in The Talmud. Sunday morning, Temple Israel will hold second day Shavuot services at the JCC beginning at 9:30am. Yizkor will follow the Torah service at 10:30am. A special prayer will be said at Yizkor honoring our fallen soldiers on this Memorial Day. Please join us.
Rabbi Tziona Szajman
Temple Israel, Vestal, NY
Rabbi’s Office Line: 607-231-3746
Office Hours Next Week:
Tue May 26 – 8:30-11:15am
Wed May 27 – 8:30-11:15am
Fri May 29 – 9:15am-12:00noon
Late Sunday night, December 15, 2013, the roof over Temple Israel's social hall caved in.
We are grateful that no one was in the building at the time and there were no injuries. Fortunately, the Sanctuary was unharmed. Our leadership is making plans to repair the damage as quickly as possible. Our thanks for the community's tremendous support.