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CALENDAR of EVENTS

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Friday,
November 21

5:15 p.m. Oneg Shabbat Reception

6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service

Nefesh Shabbat Service with Complimentary Childcare

Nefesh Shabbat, meaning “Soul of Shabbat,” is a musical service held the third Friday of each month. It is loved by adults and children alike. It is the perfect service for music lovers of all ages and for families whose children have grown out of Tot Shabbat.

Complimentary childcare available for children ages 2-7 is made possible by the Temple Israel Kellar Kennen Childcare Fund. To reserve a space, contact Amy at 612-374-0324 or ExecutiveAssistant@TempleIsrael.com.

Saturday,
November 22

9:00 a.m.

Torah Study

Join Rabbi Gertman in an instructive and spirited discussion of the week's Torah portion. Gain a better understanding of Torah and its relevance to contemporary life through study and dialogue.

This week's Torah portion: Tol'dot, Genesis 25:19−28:9.

Saturday,
November 22

10:30 a.m.

Congregational Shabbat Morning Service

Please join us for a congregational Shabbat morning service including the Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Rothman. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Kiddush luncheon immediately following the service.

Monday,
November 24

7:00-8:15 p.m.

Breck School
123 Ottawa Avenue North, Golden Valley

Voices of Faith
“Grill the Presenters. The Burden of Truth”
Sponsored by the Minneapolis Multi-Faith Network with Rabbi Zimmerman and the senior clergy of other downtown congregations.

The audience participation at our previous Voices of Faith concluded with a popular, lively, and engaging audience-driven Q&A. For this final 2014 event, we will allot even more time to the audience’s questions. Feature presenters will give short presentations on the pressure in their religious affiliation to have all the answers. The discussion will be driven by the audience’s submissions for the remainder of the event.
>> Click here for more information.

Monday,
November 24

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Kabbalah Sparks
Covenanting With The Other: Netsach, Hod and the Delicate Dance of Our Relationships

Join Rabbi Sim Glaser and guest teacher Joy Gordon for study and meditation on Kabbalistic themes. We will begin with a chant, a meditation with Barry Nienstadt, and then our topic of study. Some familiarity with the basics of Jewish mysticism is encouraged, but all inquisitive seekers are welcome. Free and open to all.
>> Click here for the Kabbalah Sparks calendar.

Thursday,
November 27

10:00 a.m.

At Temple Israel

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with our neighboring congregations as we host the 2014 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Temple Israel. The Reverend Dr. Jim Gertmenian of Plymouth Congregational Church will be preaching.

Thursday,
November 27

10:30 a.m.

22nd Annual Stephan Larsen Wolf Memorial
Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels Program

Give thanks with the mitzvah of ma’akhil re’evim, feeding the hungry. TIPTY (Temple Israel Program for Temple Youth) needs your help to make its Thanksgiving Meals-on-Wheels Program a success. The day of the event, we need volunteers to help package meals for delivery. We also have a limited need for drivers to deliver meals. If you are interested in delivering meals, please contact Julie Smelansky at 612-374-0349 or tipty_advisor@templeisrael.com.

Friday,
November 28

5:15 p.m. Oneg Shabbat Reception

6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service

ROCK SHABBAT! Erev Shabbat Service

A special Thanksgiving Weekend rockin’ erev Shabbat service featuring the band The Sons: Rabbi Sim Glaser, Dale Engquist, Andy Morantz and Brian Russ

All your favorite Shabbat melodies electrified with a back-beat! And nobody will complain they can’t hear!

Saturday,
November 29

9:00 a.m.

Torah Study

Join Rabbi Zimmerman in an instructive and spirited discussion of the week's Torah portion. Gain a better understanding of Torah and its relevance to contemporary life through study and dialogue.

This week's Torah portion: Vayeitzei, Genesis 28:10−32:3.

Saturday,
November 29

10:30 a.m.

Congregational Shabbat Morning Service

Please join us for a congregational Shabbat morning service. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Kiddush luncheon immediately following the service.

Informational Meeting
Wednesday,
December 3

7:00 p.m.

Trip Dates
May 5 - 10, 2015

Travel with Us May 5th-10th, 2015
Jews, Blues and the Southern Experience!

Informational Meeting
Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.

Join Rabbi Sim and Barbara Glaser as Temple Israel goes south for an exciting exploration and celebration of southern Jewish history, past and present, civil rights (and the roles Jews played), southern blues and jazz, art and historic sites. Our journey takes us from Memphis through Jackson, Vicksburg, Natchez to New Orleans. We will visit with leaders of Jewish congregations and historians from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, study with Rabbi Sim, tour the National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Records Music studios, historic Civil War Sites, the Museum of Southern Art, Jewish New Orleans and the French Quarter - to name but a few of the places we’ll experience!

The dates are May 5 - 10, 2015. We are limiting our numbers to 40 so we can all be on one bus to kibbitz, learn and sing together en route. This is a program for adults 18 and up, not young families or children. The cost of the program, not including flights, will be approximately $1500 for single room, $1100 for sharing a room (costs subject to change).

Y’all interested? Want to learn more about it or sign up to go? We will have an informational meeting Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Temple with scads of information for you. Come and check it out!

RSVP for the informational meeting to Mary Gail Hadley at mghadley@templeisrael.com or 612-374-0315.

Friday,
December 5

5:15 p.m. Oneg Shabbat Reception

6:00 p.m. Shabbat Services

“First Friday” Shabbat
On the first Friday of each month we offer Shabbat experiences for all ages.

5:15 p.m.
Shabbat Oneg Reception

6:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat Service

6:00 p.m.
Tot Shabbat Service followed by a family-friendly dinner

Saturday,
December 6

9:00 a.m.

Torah Study

Join Rabbi Gertman in an instructive and spirited discussion of the week's Torah portion. Gain a better understanding of Torah and its relevance to contemporary life through study and dialogue.

This week's Torah portion: Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4−36:43.

Saturday,
December 6

10:30 a.m.

Congregational Shabbat Morning Service

Please join us for a congregational Shabbat morning service including the Bar Mitzvah of Charles Sternberg. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Kiddush luncheon immediately following the service.

Sunday,
December 7

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Raising Jewish Kids:
Jewish Death and Mourning with Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman

Kids of all ages ask: 'What happened to Grandpa when he died?' Rabbi Zimmerman will help us understand how to answer their questions. We'll discuss Jewish death, burial, and mourning rituals. Do Jews believe in Heaven and Hell? Afterlife? Past lives? Messiah? World to Come?

All are welcome - Sisterhood will provide the coffee and snacks. The room will stay open for socializing until 11:30 a.m. pickup.

About the Series:
You're raising Jewish kids - they have Jewish questions. Questions you're not sure YOU know the answers to. Join us for an hour of discussion, questions, and learning. A warm, welcoming environment with Temple Israel clergy will give you confidence, knowledge and answers to some of your kids' hardest questions. All are welcome. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Join us for one or all of the classes.
Future topics:
February 1: God
March 15: Israel
April 26: Anti-Semitism

Sundays, December 7 and December 14

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Temple Gift Shop

Shop the Chanukah Bazaars

To light up the dark days of December, please visit our shop where you will find a large selection of Chanukah menorahs, including those from Michael Aram. Our beautiful stock of candles, dreidels, Chanukah gelt, and other festive merchandise will lift your mood into this fun-filled season. Please call Temple at 612-377-8680 for regular shop hours.

Tuesday,
December 9

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Avenues for Homeless Youth - Host Home Info Session

Nearly 500 young people are homeless every night in Hennepin County but there are only 63 shelter beds for those youth, leaving most to fend for themselves.  The Temple Israel Committee to End Homelessness (TICEH) is partnering with Avenues for Homeless Youth to address this social injustice by participating in their GLBT, Minneapolis, and Suburban Home Host Programs.  These programs offer an “outside-the-system” response to youth homelessness by connecting youth ages 16-21 with caring adults who are willing to provide safe housing and support.  The host home experience gives a youth the time, space, and support to stabilize, address immediate needs, and to allow them to work on their personal goals.  When they move out of host homes, nearly all those youth move into a stable, independent living situation in which they fully participate in the community. 

If you would like to learn about these programs and what it means to be a host home, please join us for this informational session at Temple Israel.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to Jenny Javitch, Avenues Board Member at javitchj@hotmail.com or 612-867-1996.

Wednesday, December 10

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Temple Israel

Sisterhood Book Club
The Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline

The Orphan Train is a historical fiction novel about the relationship between seventeen year-old Molly Ayer and ninety-one year-old Vivian Daly who, as the result of spending time together and sharing their experiences, form a bond, learn from each other, and change in significant ways. Molly is a troubled foster child in Maine, while Vivian has a story of her own to share. Minnesota is part of this history. Contact Judy Chucker at 952-546-4429 or jchucker1@comcast.net.

Friday,
December 12

5:15 p.m. Oneg Shabbat Reception

6:00 p.m. Shabbat Services

Carlebach Shabbat Service

Come experience our Chasidic/Folk-style musical Shabbat service. If you enjoy Nefesh Shabbat, try this service inspired by the music of the great Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

Saturday,
December 13

9:00 a.m.

Torah Study

Join guest teacher, Shana Sippy, in an instructive and spirited discussion of the week's Torah portion. Gain a better understanding of Torah and its relevance to contemporary life through study and dialogue.

This week's Torah portion: Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1−40:23.

Saturday,
December 13

10:30 a.m.

Congregational Shabbat Morning Service

Please join us for a congregational Shabbat morning service including the Bar Mitzvah of Jared Bennett. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Kiddush luncheon immediately following the service.

Saturday,
December 13

10:30 a.m.

Jewish Renewal Service

Join us for an innovative and inspiring Jewish Renewal Service—embracing a mixture of heartfelt prayers, chants, meditation, music, movement, D’var Torah and meaningful discussion. Musical instruments are encouraged.

Monday,
December 15

7:00 p.m.

In the Dark About Chanukah?
A Workshop to Illuminate This Festival of Light

This class will be led by Rabbi Zimmerman and Barbara (Muffy) Rudnick, and is free and open to all. RSVP to Wendy at wendy@templeisrael.com or 612-374-0344.

Learn everything you need to know to create your own Chanukah celebration including songs, blessings, candle lighting and foods associated with this joyous holiday. Shed light on the “dilemma” of the December holiday season. Bring your questions and concerns to our open discussion about the challenges of the season. We will explore incorporating religious symbols in your home, keeping peace in a home with multiple faiths, and understanding the true meaning and relationship of the 25th of December and the 25th of Kislev.

Tuesday,
December 16

Evening

First Night of Chanukah
Light the first candle in the evening.

>> Click here for the Chanukah Blessings.
>> Click here for more information about Chanukah.

Friday,
December 19

5:15 p.m.
Oneg Shabbat Reception

6:00 p.m. Shabbat Services

6:45 p.m. Dinner

Nefesh Shabbat Chanukah Service, Celebration and Congregational Dinner

Please join us for a family-friendly Chanukah celebration. A festive congregational dinner will follow our Chanukah Shabbat service with the participation of our 2nd and 3rd grade students. The dinner features chicken, latkes, pasta, veggies and a vegan option accompanied by cookie decorating, dreidels, friends and fun!

Dinner reservations are required by Friday, December 12. $15 per adult, $5 per child; children 3 and under are free. All are welcome; financial assistance is available. Send a check payable to Temple Israel-Chanukah Dinner or contact Caren Page at 612-374-0323 or cpage@templeisrael.com.

Bring your menorah; we’ll provide the candles!

Saturday,
December 20

9:00 a.m.

Torah Study

Join Rabbi Zimmerman in an instructive and spirited discussion of the week's Torah portion. Gain a better understanding of Torah and its relevance to contemporary life through study and dialogue.

This week's Torah portion: Mikeitz, Genesis 41:1−44:17.

Saturday,
December 20

10:30 a.m.

Congregational Shabbat Morning Service

Please join us for a congregational Shabbat morning service including the Bat Mitzvah of Olivia Kaplan. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Kiddush luncheon immediately following the service.

Friday,
December 26

5:15 p.m. Oneg Shabbat Reception

6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service

Erev Shabbat Service

Usher in Shabbat through prayer and community.

Saturday,
December 27

9:00 a.m.

Torah Study

Join Rabbi Zimmerman in an instructive and spirited discussion of the week's Torah portion. Gain a better understanding of Torah and its relevance to contemporary life through study and dialogue.

This week's Torah portion: Vayigash, Genesis 44:18−47:27.

Saturday,
December 27

10:30 a.m.

Congregational Shabbat Morning Service

Please join us for a congregational Shabbat morning service. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Kiddush luncheon immediately following the service.

Saturday,
February 21

10:30 a.m.

Highlights in Jewish History:
The Women of Ashkenaz: Love, Labor, and Life in the Middle Ages (1095-1348) in German-Speaking Lands

Join us for lively discussions of some of the most important events in Jewish history with Dr. Joseph Goldman, a noted historian and regular lecturer at Temple Israel. Free and open to all.
>> Click here for the Highlights calendar and topics.

   

Sundays,
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Starting in February, culminating in a group ceremony on Saturday, November 28, 2015

Anshei Mitzvah: The Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class
Register Now!

Instructors: Rabbi Glaser, Cantor Abelson & Barbara Glaser
Fee: $540 (includes books and materials)
Offered to our Temple Israel members every few years, the Anshei Mitzvah class provides adult Jewish learners, not yet a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the opportunity to learn the skills and experience the mitzvah of leading worship and reading Torah. The Anshei Mitzvah class culminates in a group celebration during Shabbat morning services on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Pre-requisite: Hebrew II or equivalent. Contact Wendy at 612-374-0344 or wendy@templeisrael.com for more details and to register.

Monday,
February 23

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Kabbalah Sparks

Join Rabbi Sim Glaser for study and meditation on Kabbalistic themes. Some familiarity with the basics of Jewish mysticism is encouraged, but all inquisitive seekers are welcome. Free and open to all.
>> Click here for the Kabbalah Sparks calendar.

   

Mondays,
April 27,
May 4 & 11

JL@TI Classes Move to the Spring

Our next series of JL@TI classes will take place in the spring! Hold the dates Mondays, April 27, May 4 & 11 for a great line-up of teachers and classes.

 

Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612) 377-8680