Shabbat Shalom!

We look forward to welcoming members and visitors to our beautiful Shabbat services.


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The Honour Card System

Each Shabbat, we will hand out honour cards to various attendees, each of whom will be given the task of leading an English reading, opening/closing the Aron Kodesh, carrying the Torah, lifting (Hagbah) the Torah, dressing (Glilah) the Torah, chanting the aliyah blessings, or chanting the haftarah.

The purpose of all the above is simply to have more people directly involved in our services. Participation is the key. If you do not wish to accept a card, that is perfectly okay. We will find someone else.

Let us know What you think. We are always looking for ways to improve.

Josh Dubitsky
Co-Chair; Temple Israel Ritual Committee


Torah Reading at the Temple Services

If anyone would like the opportunity to deliver a sermon, d’var torah, lein torah or chant a haftarah,
contact Josh Dubitsky, Ritual Chair, at

18 Little Things You Can Do For Shabbat
1. Invite friends.

2. Ask guests to prepare a Shabbat blessing, song, or story

3. Set a special table for Shabbat dinner.

4. Use a special tablecloth.

5. Arrange fresh flowers in your home.

6. Polish the silver.

7. Pour a nice wine.

8. Bake or buy a challah.

9. Give thanks for the blessings of the week.

10. Light special candles.

11. Read a Shabbat prayer…then read it again.

12. Say blessings over the wine and challah.

13. Sing some nice songs.

14. Listen to the quiet peace of a dinner at home…without phone, TV, or radio.

15. Take a Shabbat walk.

16. Be open to moments of wonder, of soulful encounter.

17. Pause for a moment as Shabbat ends on Saturday night. Sing havdalah!

18. Look forward to the next week’s Shabbat celebration

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    Shabbat Torah Study

    Generally, when there is no Shabbat service scheduled on Saturday (because there was one on Friday evening), the study session will begin at 10:00am, and it will run until noon. However, during the Summer, if there is not service scheduled on Saturday because there was one on Friday evening, there will be NO Torah Study on Saturday.
    When there is a service scheduled that Saturday, Services will begin at 10:00am and Torah Study will follow Kiddush at approximately 12:00 noon.
    (Your input is welcome. Please contact Josh )

    September Shabbat Study Sessions:

    Saturday, September 15
    12:00pm-Torah Study

    Saturday, September 29
    12:00pm-Torah Study

    October Shabbat Study Sessions:

    Saturday, October 13
    12:00pm-Torah Study

    Saturday, October 27
    12:00pm-Torah Study

    The JPS Audio Bible

    The Jewish Publication Society (JPS) provides the current weekly Torah portion in audio format. Listen online here. Just click the “play” arrow to begin.
    If you wish to read along, you may view or download the text in PDF format by clicking the “full text PDF” button below the audio player.
    [Note: The JPS Audio Bible weekly Torah portion is currently unavailable.  They hope to have it up on their new website soon.]

    Jewish Braille Institute

    The Jewish Braille Institute provides Torah, Haftarah, liturgical and life cycle materials (as well as other materials of general interest) in large-print, audio, or Braille formats at no charge to visually challenged members worldwide.

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    Weekly Torah Portions

    Shof’tim (Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9)
    • Laws regarding both sacred and secular legislation are addressed. The Israelites are told that in every dealing they should pursue justice in order to merit the land that God is giving them. (16:18–18:8)
    • The people are warned to avoid sorcery and witchcraft, the abhorrent practices of their idolatrous neighbors. (18:9–22)
    • God tells them that should an Israelite unintentionally kill another, he may take sanctuary in any of three designated cities of refuge. (19:1–13)
    • Laws to be followed during times of peace and times of war are set forth. (19:14–21:9)

    Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19)

    • Moses reviews a wide variety of laws regarding family, animals, and property. (21:10–22:12)
    • Various civil and criminal laws are delineated, including those regarding sexual relationships, interaction with non-Israelites, loans, vows, and divorce. (22:13–24:5)
    • Laws of commerce pertaining to loans, fair wages, and proper weights and measures are given. (24:10–25:16)
    • The parashah concludes with the commandment to remember for all time the most heinous act committed against the Israelites—Amalek’s killing of the old, weak, and infirm after the Israelites left Egypt. (25:17–19)
    Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8)
    • The Israelites are instructed to express their gratitude to God for their bountiful harvests and freedom from slavery by tithing ten percent of their crops for the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. (26)
    • The people are told to display on large stones God’s commandments for all to see. (27:1-8)
    • The Levites are to proclaim curses upon those who violate God’s commandments. (27:15-26)
    • The Israelites are told that if they obey God’s mitzvot faithfully, they will receive every blessing imaginable. They are also told that if do not fulfill their brit with God, many curses will descend upon them. (28:1-69)
    • Moses reminds the Israelites of the miracles they witnessed in the wilderness and commands them to observe the terms of the covenant so that they may succeed in all that they undertake. (29:1-8)

    Nitzaavim (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20)

    • Moses tells the assembled people that God’s covenant speaks to them and to all of the generations who will follow. (29:9–14)
    • God warns the Israelites that they will be punished if they act idolatrously, the way the inhabitants of the other nations do. (29:15–28)
    • Moses reassures the people that God will not forsake them and that they can attain blessings by following God’s commandments. (30:1–20)
    Vayeilech (Deuteronomy31:1–30)
    • Moses prepares the people for his death and announces that Joshua will succeed him. (31:1–8)
    • Moses instructs the priests and the elders regarding the importance of reading the Torah. (31:9–13)
    • God informs Moses that upon his death, the people will commit idolatry and “many evils and troubles shall befall them.” God tells Moses to teach the people a poem that will “be My witness.” (31:14–30)
    Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52)
    • Moses sings his last song, a love poem to God and a chastisement of the people, who are not worthy of Adonai. (32:1–6)
    • The poem recounts the blessings that God has bestowed on the Israelites, the wicked deeds they have committed, and the punishments that God then inflicted upon them. (32:7–43)
    • God tells Moses to begin his ascent of Mount Nebo, from where he will see the Land of Israel from a distance but will not be allowed to enter it. (32:45–52)
    V’zot HaB’rachah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12)
    • Moses blesses the Israelites, tribe by tribe. (33:1–6)
    • Moses ascends mount Nebo to the summit of Pisgah and views the whole land. (34:1-4)
    • Moses dies on the mountain. The Israelites mourn him for thirty days. Joshua is filled with the spirit of wisdom and the people heed him. (34:5-12)
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    Shabbat Shiur and Havdalah

    Please join us Saturday afternoons (when there is no morning service) at 3pm for a “Shiur” (study lesson) with Rabbi Dressler, followed by a brief Havdalah service at 5pm.
    No pre-registration is required; just drop in.
    If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Dressler: 

    Shabbat Shiur Study Session and Havdalah, 3-5pm
    Dates TBA
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    Shabbat Book Chavurah


    Temple Israel Book Club

    Books for 2018-2019

    October 20

    November 17

    February 16

    January 12

    March 16 

    Author Monda Halpern will join us.

    *** NOTE: new date. — June 1


    We meet at 2:00 on Saturday afternoons.


    Book recommendations are welcome.


    As always, everyone is invited to join in the discussion.  If you wish, bring along a snack to share for tea time.

    Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have attended previous sessions. 
    and whether or not you have read the book.
    Bring your suggestions for future good reads.