Author Looks at Secular Jewish Life

Temple Israel invites you to join us for the 4th Annual Ilene F. Levin Scholar-in-Residence Program, Bridging the Secular-Religious Divide in Jewish Life, June 2-5 with Lawrence Bush.

Bush is a leading creative force in the American Jewish community as an author, essayist, visual artist and magazine editor. He is editor of Jewish Currents, a non-profit, progressive Jewish media project with a 70-year heritage of activist journalism.  Bush’s essays, fiction and artwork have appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, MAD magazine, Tikkun, Reform Judaism, and other publications, and his writings have been anthologized in Best Jewish Writing 2003; Hallucinogens: A Reader; The 54th Century; and A Mentsh Among Men.

 7 p.m. Thursday June 2: ”Secular Jewish Troublemakers, A to Z"

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, during Shabbat evening service: "Judaism as a Counterculture” (A free communal dinner follows.)

10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, during Shabbat morning service: “What does Jewish tradition say about the role of atheism within Judaism? What does God think of humanism?”

 11 a.m. Sunday, June 5: “Bridging the religious-secular divide in Judaism:  A slide show of original Jewish art pieces and a community discussion” (Free community brunch starts the event, presentation follows at noon.)

All events are free and open to the public and take place at Temple Israel, 1602 E. 2nd St. For more information and to RSVP for the June 3 and 5 meals, please call the Temple office at 724-8857 or e-mail

Posted on May 21, 2016 .

Sunrise Shavuot

Join us at 6 a.m. Sunday, June 12, for a Shavuot “Soon-After-Sunrise” service.  Meet at the home of Tom and Pam Griggs, 3429 Minnesota Avenue. Walk to the beach for Shacharit prayers then return to the house for the Shavuot morning Torah reading of the 10 Commandments. Breakfast will follow.

Park on the bay side. Or, if you’re coming by bicycle, park in the Griggs’ garage.

Posted on May 21, 2016 .

Celebrate Confirmation

Join us for a Shabbat evening service at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, that recognizes our teenagers who have completed a two-year course of Confirmation studies with Rabbi David Steinberg. Hear these young men and women reflect upon their understanding of Jewish teachings and values and affirm their commitment to the Jewish people.

A special oneg, sponsored by the families of our confirmands will follow.

As a class tzedakah project, this year's confirmands and fellow students who have another year of study, are raising funds for Life House, an outreach program for homeless and street youth in Duluth. Life House provides unconditional support, transitional housing, health services, meals and more.

Please make a donation. Make your check payable to Life House, with "Temple Israel 2016 Confirmation Class" in the memo and turn it in to the Temple office by Thursday, June 16. We will send these funds on to Life House and announce the total amount collected during the Confirmation service.

Posted on May 21, 2016 .

South Shore Shabbat

Head over to Lake Superior’s South Shore for Shabbat evening services in the Ashland home of Su Neuhauser on Friday, June 24. Rabbi David Steinberg leads the 6 p.m. service, which will be followed by a potluck dinner.

Call the office at 218-724-8857 for the address and directions, or call Su directly at 715-563-9539. Let us know, too, if you’d like to carpool -- as a driver or a passenger -- from Duluth to Ashland.  

A lay-led Shabbat evening service will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the synagogue for those not traveling to Ashland.

Posted on May 21, 2016 .