November / december 2010

Cheshvan / kislev 5771

Building Torat Yisrael’s Future

Expanding our East Greenwich Shabbat Experience
As site preparation is completed and construction documents are finalized for our new building, we are making significant progress on our physical move to East Greenwich. The time has come for us to deepen our religious and programmatic presence in East Greenwich as well. In this spirit, in this New Year of 5771, we will add a second Shabbat in East Greenwich most months of the calendar year. Here is how our Shabbat schedule will look on a normal (no holidays or school vacations) month:

First Shabbat of Each Month: East Greenwich
The first Friday evening of each month we will celebrate Shabbat Yachad in a new configuration: We will begin with a dynamic 6 pm Shabbat evening service enhanced with creative readings, great singing and often with the participation of our Lawrence G. and Frederic G. Cohen Religious School students. The service will be followed by Shabbat Dinner and a speaker. Our first Shabbat Yachad speaker, on Friday, December 3rd, will be Nancy Kirsch, Editor-in-Chief, The Jewish Voice and Herald. Our second Shabbat Yachad speaker, on Friday, January 7th, will be Reverend Don Anderson, Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches On the first Shabbat morning of the month, we will hold a traditional Shabbat morning service beginning at 9:15 am and followed by a light Kiddush and discussion.

Second Shabbat of Each Month: Cranston
On the second Friday evening of each month we will continue our very popular “Shalom to Shabbat” program. We gather together in the TY lobby at 7 pm, a half hour before the service begins, and unwind together after a busy week with wine, cheese, munchies and good company. On the second Shabbat morning of the month, we will hold a traditional Shabbat morning service beginning at 9:15 am and followed by a light Kiddush and discussion.

Third Shabbat of Each Month: East Greenwich
The third Friday evening of each month we will welcome Shabbat with a dynamic 6 pm Shabbat evening service enhanced with creative readings, and great singing. We have scheduled this service early so that you, your family and/or friends can enjoy a leisurely Shabbat evening dinner afterwards. On the third Shabbat morning of the month, we will hold Family Shabbat: our new multi-generational Shabbat morning experience. We will begin at 10 am with a one-hour Family Service with our new Family prayer book, followed by a Shabbat lunch enhanced by singing, good food and fun. Our first Family Shabbat will take place on Saturday, November 20th.

Fourth Shabbat of Each Month: Cranston
On the fourth Shabbat of each month (and the fifth if there is one) we will gather in Cranston for our most traditional Shabbat celebration: 7:30 pm Shabbat evening service and 9:15 am Shabbat morning service. Both of these services are intimate, informal and friendly . . . and followed by food and schmooze!

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Greetings from Susan Smoller
Shalom Fellow congregants, It’s finally here – Elaine and Steve’s wedding! If you have not attended a wedding officiated by Rabbi Levin –let’s change that right now! Please join us and bring friends for a fun evening and an opportunity to bid on auction items that include a vacation in Block Island, a WII system, a Kindle e-book reader, jewelry and much more. A catered dinner will be served with vegetarian options too –and who can forget that Charlie Hall will be entertaining us throughout the event. There will be music for dancing and time to catch up with friends! Send in your reservation today. I know you will all join me in welcoming Lynn Field and Sharon Field back to our Executive Board as VicePresidents of Programming. Lynn and Sharon did a stellar job organizing creative, engaging, well-run programs for us last year, and we look forward to seeing what they plan for us this year. If you would like to work with Lynn and Sharon on the Program committee, please let me know. I guarantee you'll have a great time. I am glad to inform you that Beverly Goncalves, who has been our Cohen Religious School chairperson for many years has agreed to revive our Torat Yisrael Chair Social Action committee and serve as the committee’s chairperson. A big thank you to Bev for all her hard work and dedication. Rabbi Levin and I look forward to working with Bev on expanding our congregation’s social action efforts. If there is a project or a cause you would like us to engage in, please let Bev know. We are adding Shabbat weekends in East Greenwich! After much discussion and meetings with Rabbi Levin and some of our congregants, we have decided that services on the first and third weekend of every month will be in East Greenwich. We look forward to seeing you at services in both East Greenwich and Cranston. Speaking of weddings: As this newsletter reaches your mailbox, Rabbi Levin will be in Israel celebrating the wedding of her son, Aryeh Lederhendler to “b’chirat libo . . . his heart’s choice” Michal Shochat. We wish them all much joy and nachas and we look forward to hearing all about the wedding upon Rabbi Levin’s return to Rhode Island. Please contact me at any time with any comments or questions. B’Shalom, Susan

Kesher Corner: Andrea Epstein, LICSW
Andrea is Torat Yisrael’s social worker funded by the Kesher Program, a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, the Bernhardt Foundation, Jewish Family Service, and the synagogue. She can be reached at (401) 580-5879 or andrea@toratyisrael.org. Hello and thank you to all of you whom I have already met for such a warm welcome! My name is Andrea Epstein and I am the new social worker for the Temple Torat Yisrael Kesher program. Many of you have worked with Nicole Jellinek over the past two years and I am excited to be stepping into the space she has created with you. I look forward to continuing to serve the Torat Yisrael community. Nicole will be assisting me in keeping the role of Kesher social work consistent as we make this transition. I think the original focuses of the Kesher program are worth reprinting here: · Availability for contact and support to members of the staff and congregation, including visits with individuals and families, short-term counseling, crisis support, providing information and referrals · Organization of workshops for the community on relevant topics · Contributing to the monthly congregational newsletter I will continue to offer these services and welcome the chance to know more about you both individually and as a community. While I am not a beginning social worker, I am relishing the role of being a beginning Kesher social worker for Temple Torat Yisrael. So please educate me! When you get a moment e-mail me or leave me a message- what do you think is important that I know about you and your temple? I will also be at the temple most Wednesdays and available to meet by appointment. Happy New Year and new beginnings!

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The Cohen School News
Dear Cohen School Families: As the days grow shorter, we at the Cohen School especially appreciate the warmth and light of our learning and friendships. School has begun with the sounds of singing and reading practice, the sight of groups of students and teachers gathered around tables, the taste of snacks made sweeter by the blessings that accompany them, the feel of new books in our hands, and the smells associated with Shabbat and holiday customs. The first Family Shabbat will take place on Shabbat morning November 20. We will use the new prayerbooks that have been generously purchased by our school families, and have the opportunity to enjoy a Shabbat experience through all of our senses. I look forward to this and other opportunities to enjoy the cycle of our year together. November November November November November November November November November November Calendar 7 School 9 School 14 School 16 School 20 Family Service 21 No School 28 No School 23 School 30 School December Calendar December 3 Shabbat Yachad December 5 School December 7 School December 12 School December 14 School December 18 School December 21 School January 2 Religious School Resumes

In Our TY Family
Mazal tov to everyone celebrating a Birthday in November! Laura Sidman, Bradley Harris, Joanna Charap, Leslie Cohen, Carole Goldman, Ruth Ross, Susan Richter, David Talan, Jack Silverman, Peter Snyder, Rosalind Herman, Susan Abbotson, William Karetny, Frederick Lury, Lorraine Rappoport and Jeffrey Kaplan Mazal tov to Lewis & Jo-Ann Antin who celebrated their 8th Anniversary in November! May God who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, bring blessing and healing to: Trude Antin, David Friedman, Ethel Friedman, Rosalie Gleckman, Pearl Gorden, Douglas & Barbara Greenberg (Diane Greenberg’s brother-in-law & sister-in-law), Meyer Grossman, Bonnie Lury, Steve Matzner, Jody Mihov (Mildred Beck’s niece), Sylvia Paige, Zenas & Sara Pulner, Ron & Susan Richter, Harold & Sylvia Roggen (Barbara Karetny’s parents), Louis Russian, Jeffrey Sacks, Sylvia Shocket, Meyer Tevya (Marcia Slobin’s father), Steve Tragar, Moe Wine and Eileen Winkler (Rochelle Ziegler’s mother)

Mazal tov to our Sisterhood and Men’s Club Officers and Board Members
The Sisterhood and Men’s Club Installation took place on Sunday, October 3rd. The following members were installed: Sisterhood Men’s Club Ruth Ross, co-President David Smoller, co-President Laurie Tessier, co-President Alan Olinsky, co-President Anita Olinsky, Treasurer Harvey Rappoport, co-Treasurer Beverly Goncalves, Secretary Alan Field, co-Treasurer Roberta Arsac Dan Adler Ilene Bojar Phil Greenberg Lynn Field Myer Grossman Sharon Field Barry Kaplan Pearl Kaplan Nate Lury Sheila Malatt Mort Paige Marcia Slobin Nat Safferson David Talan Harold Winthrop 3

2011 Entertainment Books are here!
These make terrific gifts as well as providing great savings for you. You save and support Torat Yisrael at the same time. That’s a “win-win”! Call 785-1800 or email Sheryl@toratyisrael.org to order your 2011 Entertainment Books. $30 each.

Be a Torat Yisrael Lobbyist!
Edgewood Food Closet Donations
canned tuna and salmon, canned soups, breakfast cereal, canned vegetables and fruits. Also needed: toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, diapers.

Pick up a great read!
Which you’ll find at our Book Exchange corner in the TTY lobby! For a 25¢ donation, you are welcome to help yourself to any book on the shelves and then return it when you’re done.

TYNet Café! Come Schmooze!
Torat Yisrael is wireless and caffeinated! Fresh coffee and tea and the wifi password are all there.

Recycle #5 Plastics Here!
Plastic containers like medicine vials and yogurt and cottage containers. Please wash containers before depositing in bin.

Kosher Food Pantry
Kosher non-perishables to help support Rhode island’s vulnerable Jewish residents.

Coupon Collection for Edgewood Food Closet
Please drop your unwanted coupons in the basket near our donation and recycling center.

A Touch of Heaven Thrift Shop :

You may drop off lightly used clothing at the Touch of Heaven Thrift Shop, 1665 Broad Street, Cranston. Hours of Operation: Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Tuesday 9:00 am-11:00 am, Wednesday 5:00 pm-6:30 pm and Friday 9:00 am-11:00 am. All the proceeds from A Touch of Heaven Thrift Shop goes to the Edgewood-Pawtuxet Food Closet.

Temple Torat Yisrael Email Addresses, Facebook and Twitter
Rabbi Amy Levin: rabbi@toratyisrael.org Hazzan Devin Goldenberg: hazzan@toratyisrael.org Susan Smoller, President: president@toratyisrael.org Ronni Guttin, Education Director: ronni@toratyisrael.org Nicole Jellinek, Social Worker: nicole@toratyisrael.org Anita Olinsky (Dues Committee): dues@toratyisrael.org Andrea Epstein, Social Worker: Andrea@toratyisrael.org welcome@toratyisrael.org - Michael Field/Beth Salk (Membership Committee Chairs) facebook@toratyisrael.org twitter@toratyisrael.org and @ravlevin Sheryl Ponder, Bookkeeper/Office Manager: sheryl@toratyisrael.org Stephanie Reinsant, Rabbi’s Secretary: stephanie@toratyisrael.org

Are you raising Jewish children…but you’re not Jewish? Don’t do it alone. Join us for Mothers Circle
The Mothers Circle is a free educational and welcoming program empowering non-Jewish mothers to create Jewish homes. Mothers in all family constellations are welcome, and participants do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish institution or have any prior knowledge. The eight-month, sixteen-session interactive curriculum explores Jewish holidays, practices, rituals, and ethics while providing resources and tools for enriching Jewish family life at home. Free childcare is available upon request. Our third Rhode Island group will be starting in October. For more information please visit http://www.bjeri.org/DefaultPermissions/OurPrograms/t abid/150/Default.aspx or contact Kit Haspel, Mothers Circle Coordinator, at 401-331-0956 x184 or khaspel@bjeri.org. .

Hug N’hamah: Circle of Consolation
A Bereavement Discussion Group meeting on alternate Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm providing a supportive circle to bring the emotional and spiritual challenges of grief. Facilitated by Torat Yisrael member, Dr. Judith Lubiner, a licensed psychologist, and Rabbi Amy Levin. TY members and non-members equally welcome. Meeting November 4th and 18th and December 2nd and 16th

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Upcoming TY Events
November
Yard Sale, Sunday, November 7th
On Sunday, November 7th from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Torat Yisrael is having a yard sale! You might find that something you’ve been looking for!! Don’t miss out!!

Temple Torat Yisrael Book Fair
The Torat Yisrael Book fair is coming to a location near you!! We hope you can get to one of these wonderful events so we can help you select a great gift for Hanukkah or any other occasion! - November 9th 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in Cranston - November 15th 9:00 am – 11:30 pm at the Village Lower School in East Greenwich

Shabbat Service and Dinner Honoring our Veterans

Please join us on Friday evening, November 12th for a 6:00 pm Shabbat Service honoring Veterans with dinner to follow. (Flyer enclosed) Another opportunity to observe the mitzvah of Pikuach Nefesh (Saving a Life): blood drive will take place on Sunday, November 14th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

“Elaine and Steve Get Married!” Saturday, November 13th

On Saturday, November 13th at 6:30 pm at TY Cranston join us for an evening of nachas, nuptials, nosh and nonsense! Auction and Dinner Theater: “Elaine and Steve Get Married!”

Our November Topic: Your Life in Your Hands: Judaism’s Teaching on Suicide East Greenwich: Tuesday, November 16th
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch & Learn at T’s Restaurant, 5600 Post Road (in the Benny’s Plaza), East Greenwich – each participant orders from the menu and we study Jewish sources addressing current issues. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend!

Cranston/Warwick: Thursday, November 18th
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch & Learn at the Cozy Grill Restaurant, 440 Warwick Avenue, Warwick – each participant orders from the menu as we study Jewish sources. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend! Look for us in the back room!

Shabbat Services in East Greenwich Family Shabbat in East Greenwich

Friday, November 19th - 6:00 pm: Early Shabbat Service for all. Enjoy an early Shabbat service and then arrange for a relaxed Shabbat meal at home with your family and friends. Join us on Saturday, November 20th for our newly refreshed Family Shabbat Morning experience. We’ll gather in our East Greenwich home with a new family prayer book for an interactive service and Shabbat celebration starting at 10 am.

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December

Shabbat Yachad in East Greenwich: Guest Speaker, Nancy Kirsch, Editor of the Jewish Voice and Herald
Join us on Friday, December 3rd for Shabbat Services at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. G Saturday, December 4th Shabbat Services will be in East Greenwich at 9:15 am.

Rabbi Levin’s Sixth Annual Chanukah Open House

Please join me on Sunday, December 5th from 5 to 7 pm for my Sixth Annual Chanukah Open House! I’ll need your helping eating those latkes and jelly doughnuts! I’m looking forward to welcoming you to my home: 84 Roger Williams Circle. Instead of a gift, please bring a donation for the Edgewood Food Closet or the Kosher Food Pantry.

Thank you! Rabbi Amy Levin

Shalom to Shabbat: Unwind and Nosh Before Shabbat Services Sisterhood Book Review in East Greenwich

Join us on Friday, December 10th at 7:00 pm for wine and cheese before our 7:30 pm Shabbat Service.

Join us as we talk about and discuss Zipporah, Wife of Moses by Marek Halter on Sunday, December 12th at 9:30 am in East Greenwich. (Flyer enclosed)

Our December Topic: Tattoos on Jews: Kosher or Not? East Greenwich: Tuesday, December 14th
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch & Learn at T’s Restaurant, 5600 Post Road (in the Benny’s Plaza), East Greenwich – each participant orders from the menu and we study Jewish sources addressing current issues. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend!

Cranston/Warwick: Thursday, December 16th
12:00-1:30 p.m. – Lunch & Learn at the Cozy Grill Restaurant, 440 Warwick Avenue, Warwick – each participant orders from the menu as we study Jewish sources. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend! Look for us in the back room!

Shabbat Services in East Greenwich Family Shabbat in East Greenwich

Friday, December 17th - 6:00 pm: Early Shabbat Service for all. Enjoy an early Shabbat service and then arrange for a relaxed Shabbat meal at home with your family and friends. Join us on Saturday, December 18th for our newly refreshed Family Shabbat Morning experience. We’ll gather in our East Greenwich home with a new family prayer book for an interactive service and Shabbat celebration starting at 10 am.

Rhode Island Family Shelter Christmas Dinner is Cooking At Torat Yisrael

Thursday, December 23rd starting at 6:00 pm we will be cooking a Kosher Christmas dinner to be delivered to the shelter Christmas afternoon. For more information contact the TY office at 785-1800. (Flyer enclosed)

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