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Shanah tovah Shofar

Shanah Tovah

Shanah Tovah!  Thank you everyone for coming to Rosh Hashanah services.  Everyone had a BLAST hearing the shofar call in the New Year.  See you all for Kol Nidre Services on Tuesday, October 8.
Shanah tovah Shofar

So, Shanah Tovah! Rosh HaShanah
Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer, self-reflection, and repentance. We review our actions during the past year. We look for ways to improve ourselves, our communities, and our world in the year to come. Additionally, the holiday marks the beginning of a 10-day period, known as the Yamim Nora-im (“Days of Awe” or “High Holidays”). This ushers in wish Rosh HaShanah and culminates with Yom Kippur (the “Day of Atonement”). Moreover, Jews say Shanah Tovah. Rosh HaShanah is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, often with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home. Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which – because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar – corresponds to September or October on the Gregorian or secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year. Finally, Shanah Tovah. Happy New Year.
Carol and Mickey's 55th Anniversary

Carol and Mickey 55th Anniversary

Over 120 people came to our Rabbis’ Shabbat Dinner on Friday to help celebrate Carol and Mickey Heideman’s 55th Anniversary.  Mazal Tov to Carol and Mickey!

Shabbat Services at The Temple

Shabbat (the Sabbath) is a key part of Jewish life; it is observed as a day of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. Shabbat takes place from nightfall on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. In the home and synagogue, blessings are made and candles are lit to welcome Shabbat and signify the start of the festival. The Kiddush prayer is recited to represent the holiness of the day. Blessings are made over wine and challah. (See information on Shabbat services with our new Guide to Jewish Services.)

Shabbat Services at The Temple

Shabbat (the Sabbath) is a key part of Jewish life; it is observed as a day of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. Shabbat takes place from nightfall on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. In the home and synagogue, blessings are made and candles are lit to welcome Shabbat and signify the start of the festival. The Kiddush prayer is recited to represent the holiness of the day. Blessings are made over wine and challah. (See information on Shabbat services with our new Guide to Jewish Services.)

Summer Intern Closing Reflection- Avery Curtis

Summer Intern Closing Reflection – Avery Curtis

Summer Intern Closing Reflection- Avery Curtis

As my internship draws to a close, I want to thank everyone here at The Temple, both staff and congregants, for making me feel welcomed. I have had such an amazing summer here and I have learned so much about my faith and this wonderful community.

I have had the pleasure of performing for Chavurat Shalom and the congregation as a service song leader and Shir Chadash choir member these last few weeks. I feel so honored that you all have been so kind and encouraging towards me. As any artist will tell you, sharing one’s art can be scary, and nothing feels better than when those we share it with are eager to experience it and give positive feedback.

I started learning Hebrew at the beginning of my internship and have made great progress with the wonderful resources that Benji Berlow and Rabbi Rapport gave to me. I have also learned so much about Jewish holidays, traditions, and rituals and Judaica in general. I hope to have a Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the near future.

Although my time as an intern has come to an end, I promise that I will still be around. I will be working with Trager ECEC during the week and on weekends I will be coming to services, participating in the choir, and teaching in the religious school. I will also be working with Rabbi Rapport on leading the youth and contemporary High Holy Day services later in the fall.

Thank you once again to everyone here at The Temple for making this summer a wonderful experience; one I am excited to continue!

Shalom,
Avery Curtis

Summer Intern Closing Reflection- Avery Curtis

As my internship draws to a close, I want to thank everyone here at The Temple, both staff and congregants, for making me feel welcomed. I have had such an amazing summer here and I have learned so much about my faith and this wonderful community.

I have had the pleasure of performing for Chavurat Shalom and the congregation as a service song leader and Shir Chadash choir member these last few weeks. I feel so honored that you all have been so kind and encouraging towards me. As any artist will tell you, sharing one’s art can be scary, and nothing feels better than when those we share it with are eager to experience it and give positive feedback.

I started learning Hebrew at the beginning of my internship and have made great progress with the wonderful resources that Benji Berlow and Rabbi Rapport gave to me. I have also learned so much about Jewish holidays, traditions, and rituals and Judaica in general. I hope to have a Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the near future.

Although my time as an intern has come to an end, I promise that I will still be around. I will be working with Trager ECEC during the week and on weekends I will be coming to services, participating in the choir, and teaching in the religious school. I will also be working with Rabbi Rapport on leading the youth and contemporary High Holy Day services later in the fall.

Thank you once again to everyone here at The Temple for making this summer a wonderful experience; one I am excited to continue!

Shalom,
Avery Curtis

Gift Shop Items

New items in the Gift Shop!

Check out our new items at the WRJ Gift Shop!  All 3 pieces are handmade originals by a Florida artist. You may order any of these through the Gift Shop in colors you may prefer.

WRJ/Temple Sisterhood is a very active part of our Temple Family. We are responsible for our beautiful Oneg Shabbats. We run and manage our gorgeous Temple Gift Shop, which is entirely volunteer and helps support our many charitable contributions, including our own Temple. The Gift Shop our main fundraiser. We also give toward GUCI camp scholarships, support Religious School faculty, and help with College Outreach.

Our annual events include:

Interfaith Coffee every February
Sisterhood Shabbat
Gilda’s Club Dinner Benefit / West End School
Mother’s Day Card Fundraiser
Religious School Support
Camp GUCI Support
Weekly Friday Oneg Shabbats
Game Days
Blankets and Blessings
Hanukkah Brighteners
Women’s Passover Seder
Annual dues are $36/year, and cover local and national Sisterhood dues. We welcome all new members and would be happy to have you join one of our many committees. All new female Temple members are offered free membership for their first year.

WRJ/Temple Sisterhood is a very active part of our Temple Family. We are responsible for our beautiful Oneg Shabbats. We run and manage our gorgeous Temple Gift Shop, which is entirely volunteer and helps support our many charitable contributions, including our own Temple. The Gift Shop our main fundraiser. We also give toward GUCI camp scholarships, support Religious School faculty, and help with College Outreach.

Our annual events include:

Interfaith Coffee every February
Sisterhood Shabbat
Gilda’s Club Dinner Benefit / West End School
Mother’s Day Card Fundraiser
Religious School Support
Camp GUCI Support
Weekly Friday Oneg Shabbats
Game Days
Blankets and Blessings
Hanukkah Brighteners
Women’s Passover Seder
Annual dues are $36/year, and cover local and national Sisterhood dues. We welcome all new members and would be happy to have you join one of our many committees. All new female Temple members are offered free membership for their first year.

Summer Intern Update - HHD

Summer Intern Update – HHD

Summer Intern Update – HHD with Clayton Oppenheimer

For the past couple weeks, we’ve been doing several things to get ready for the High Holy Days. Each year these are the most attended services by far, so there are many things to prep. We counted each of the prayer books to ensure we have enough, we helped The Brotherhood with their Book of Remembrance project, and the Yahrzeit database and plaques are freshly updated.

As a Jew, we put loads of emphasis on community because repairing the world, Tikkun Olam, it is much easier to make an impact when we come together instead of standing alone. These services not only are helping people atone and bringing in the new year, but they also help people come to terms with their spirituality and refresh or tighten their relationship to G-d. As you atone and take in the new year, you should look to the future and this fresh year to see what changes you need to be the best you. These days can be looked at as a moral self-assessment. The sense of community is also there for moral support to the many participating congregants.

Summer Intern Update – HHD with Clayton OppenheimerFor the past couple weeks, we’ve been doing several things to get ready for the High Holy Days. Each year these are the most attended services by far, so there are many things to prep. We counted each of the prayer books to ensure we have enough, we helped The Brotherhood with their Book of Remembrance project, and the Yahrzeit database and plaques are freshly updated.

As a Jew, we put loads of emphasis on community because repairing the world, Tikkun Olam, it is much easier to make an impact when we come together instead of standing alone. These services not only are helping people atone and bringing in the new year, but they also help people come to terms with their spirituality and refresh or tighten their relationship to G-d. As you atone and take in the new year, you should look to the future and this fresh year to see what changes you need to be the best you. These days can be looked at as a moral self-assessment. The sense of community is also there for moral support to the many participating congregants.

Brotherhood Mitzvah Project

Brotherhood Mitzvah Project

Thank you everyone for coming to The Temple Brotherhood Mitzvah project this weekend!  We toured Supplies Over Seas with Denise Sears, CEO, and then helped to sort medical supplies.

The Temple Brotherhood is a great way for Jewish men and non-Jewish spouses of Jewish women to “work, play, learn, serve, contribute, and help”.

The Temple Brotherhood financially supports Chavurat Shalom, Youth Group TILTY, Camp GUCI Scholarships, Trager Early Child Education Center, College Outreach Programs, JFCS Food Pantry, B’Nai Mitzvah Bibles, Confirmation Kiddush Cups, New Member Welcome Baskets, Adopt a Family, Jewish Film Festival, Habitat for Humanity, and the Softball Team. Our main projects include The Book of Remembrance and The Brotherhood Chanukah Dinner.  We also do several Brotherhood mitzvah project events throughout the year.

Supplies Over Seas is a charitable group that sends unused medical supplies and equipment to Africa and South America that would ordinarily be thrown out. This worthwhile organization was started by Dr. Norton Waterman.

The Temple Brotherhood is a great way for Jewish men and non-Jewish spouses of Jewish women to “work, play, learn, serve, contribute, and help”.The Temple Brotherhood financially supports Chavurat Shalom, Youth Group TILTY, Camp GUCI Scholarships, Trager Early Child Education Center, College Outreach Programs, JFCS Food Pantry, B’Nai Mitzvah Bibles, Confirmation Kiddush Cups, New Member Welcome Baskets, Adopt a Family, Jewish Film Festival, Habitat for Humanity, and the Softball Team. Our main projects include The Book of Remembrance and The Brotherhood Chanukah Dinner.  We also do several Brotherhood mitzvah project events throughout the year.Supplies Over Seas is a charitable group that sends unused medical supplies and equipment to Africa and South America that would ordinarily be thrown out. This worthwhile organization was started by Dr. Norton Waterman.
Summer Intern Update - Music

Summer Intern Update – Music

Summer Intern Update – Music with Avery Curtis

This week I worked on cleaning and organizing the 5th Grade classroom in the Religious School. In that room, thanks to the many shelves on the back wall, we store resources for holiday events, activities, curriculum, etc. I tidied up by moving everything into clear, labeled bins and file boxes so that everything is visible and easily accessible. Now teachers and staff can easily find what they need for each holiday.

I also worked on digitizing all of Shir Chadash’s music. I scanned, labeled, and organized every music file. I also went through each piece of music to see if any lyrics, prayers, or blessings were written in our prayer book.

This was done because we plan on making a program for each time Shir Chadash sings for a service. This way, congregants will know where to find each prayer and/or be given the lyrics so they can follow along.

I was also given the great opportunity to substitute for Jennifer Diamond at Erev Shabbat Services this past weekend and this week (7-26). I am very excited to participate in such a meaningful way to our congregation.

Summer Intern Update – Music with Avery Curtis

This week I worked on cleaning and organizing the 5th Grade classroom in the Religious School. In that room, thanks to the many shelves on the back wall, we store resources for holiday events, activities, curriculum, etc. I tidied up by moving everything into clear, labeled bins and file boxes so that everything is visible and easily accessible. Now teachers and staff can easily find what they need for each holiday.

I also worked on digitizing all of Shir Chadash’s music. I scanned, labeled, and organized every music file. I also went through each piece of music to see if any lyrics, prayers, or blessings were written in our prayer book.

This was done because we plan on making a program for each time Shir Chadash sings for a service. This way, congregants will know where to find each prayer and/or be given the lyrics so they can follow along.

I was also given the great opportunity to substitute for Jennifer Diamond at Erev Shabbat Services this past weekend and this week (7-26). I am very excited to participate in such a meaningful way to our congregation.