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Celebrate Israel

Hear about life in Israel during Shabbat evening service at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. Temple member Josh Bernstein, a writer and assistant professor in UMD's English Department, will speak about his experiences living, working and studying in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The service also features Israeli songs with Danny Frank.

Our Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) dinner and dance scheduled for Saturday, April 25, has been cancelled.


Peacemakers Fundraiser

The 3rd Annual Gary Gordon Interfaith Peace Fest, a fundraiser for Men as Peacemakers, will take place the evening of Thursday, April 30, in the synagogue social hall. Registration is at 5:30; dinner and a guided table discussion begins at 6.

Interfaith Women in Action will prepare a dinner of Indonesian fried bihun, Vietnamese carrot and jicama salad, black bean sweet potato enchiladas and Jewish noodle kugel. Tickets can be purchased online for $15 at Eventbrite or by sending a check with the names of those attending to the Temple Israel office. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $20.


Help Redesign the Sanctuary

Temple Israel is launching an initiative to make our sanctuary more accessible. And it begins with congregants taking a look at some drawings made by member Casey Goldberg showing what the sanctuary might look like if we added a ramp going all the way to the bimah, and created an elevated space for the choir and people attending services in wheelchairs.

Some additional ideas generated when the drawings were shown to the Temple Israel Board are to raise the entire floor of the sanctuary so that it is the same level as in the social hall, put insulation under the sanctuary floor to keep it warmer in the winter, and keep the chairs we have now until we can afford new ones.

We’d like to keep the brainstorming of ideas for a redesigned sanctuary coming. The only firm commitment that has been made is that it’s time for the entire sanctuary to become accessible. So look at the drawings shown here or on display upstairs in the synagogue. Then let board members know what you think.