Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

A Message From Your Clergy

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 12, 2018
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To Our Beloved Temple Israel Community, We write amid a moment of civic darkness to acknowledge the raw pain felt broadly and deeply within the hearts of so many within and beyond our community. We will not understate what we are witnessing, as American society risks the approach of what the great philosopher Martin Buber called, […]
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Messy

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On October 5, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings as we make our way toward Shabbat. If the purpose of creation was to make order out of chaos, why does it feel like there is still so much chaos? Before God initiated the formation of the world, the universe had no form.  Darkness covered the deep and the shapeless spirit […]
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Finally, the Beginning.

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On September 28, 2018
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In the end, all we have is the reputation we have established through the collection of our behaviors over a lifetime. For some, the information is well known, but for others, actions stay hidden unless revealed by the telling of their story by themselves or others. Moses’ life was detailed in all of its glory, […]
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Next Stop

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On September 21, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings! I sometimes wonder how long after we have beat our chest with the alphabet of woe—ashamnu, bagdu, gazalu—that we start to engage in those very acts of transgression for which we have fasted, prayed, meditated, and hungered for forgiveness.  Do we make it out of our seats before we even have […]
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10 Days

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On September 14, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection on our way to Shabbat and this week, for the middle of the Days of Awe.  On Rosh Hashanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed. (from Unetaneh Tokef) But what happens in between? During these days from the dawn of the New Year to the […]
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Shofar

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On September 7, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat and this week, Rosh Hashanah. As we prepare to enter the Days of Awe and to hear and to hearken to the sounds of the shofar, I share with you a way to understand the blasts as a metaphor for the journey of […]
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Me. We.

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 31, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move into Shabbat and during this time of year, the High Holy Days. We have used our congregational read, Peace of Mind, as a way to prepare for the upcoming holidays. Join us tomorrow night as we gather in the garden to study its ideas and […]
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Scare Tactic

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 24, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. How does someone get others to obey him? Where there is hegemony, there is always a way. Where there is morality and justice, it is much more complicated. The rabbis of the Talmud had a very hard time with a section […]
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The Moon

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 17, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat. When you look outside tonight up at the night sky, there is much you will see as your eyes search the heavens. The stars, clouds, and the milky way form a canopy of darkness and light. You will also see a […]
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Blessing and/or Curse

  • Posted by Elaine Zecher
  • On August 10, 2018
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection on our way toward Shabbat. Our Torah portion begins with the words: See, I have set before you blessing and curse…  (Deut 11:26) This instruction is like an overture that presents a musical phrase or theme that will be repeated chapters later in a more grand elaborated style. […]
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