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Remember the Holocaust

As part of Temple Israel’s commemoration of Yom Hasho’ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we will screen the documentary film The Typist, which depicts the experiences of a Minnesota soldier at the Nuremberg Trials.

Please join us at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 for Havdalah and a brief Yom Hasho’ah service, followed by the hour-long film. We will conclude with refreshments and discussion with David Klassen, co-producer of the film. 

The Typist follows the life and work of Larry Tillemans, believed to be the last living clerk-typist at the Nuremberg Trials, which were conducted in Germany immediately after World War II to judge war criminals. As a sergeant in the U.S. 3rd Army, it was Tillemans’ duty to document the testimonies of victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust. Later in life, Tillemans made it a personal mission to share his knowledge and experiences about the trials with as many people as possible.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.


Poetry Service

A Shabbat evening poetry service in memory of Gary Gordon will be led by Linda Eason and Jim Perlman, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 18.


Commemorate our freedom 

Commemorate our freedom through the retelling of the Passover story during our community seder, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the synagogue social hall. Eat matzah to remember our hasty flight from Egypt and bitter herbs to remind us of the bitterness of slavery our people endured. Recline and drink four cups of wine. And recite from the Haggadah, fulfilling our biblical obligation to recount the story of the Exodus.

The holiday meal includes wine, matzah, charoset, gefilte fish, fresh asparagus, potato kugel, matzo ball soup, a mean entree of baked chicken or baked salmon or vegetarian dish, and assorted desserts.

Cost is $18 for adults; $6 for children under 12; free for children 6 and under. Please make your reservation and select an entree by calling Terri in the synagogue office, 724-8857, by Friday, April 11. 


This weekend at Temple Israel

Please join us at the synagogue this weekend for these events:

Shabbat family services, 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, followed by dinner cooked by Carrie Kayes.

Torah reading at 9:15 a.m., followed by Shabbat morning services at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5.

A poetry reading by Dr. Norbert Hirschhorn, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Hirschhorn, a physician specializing in international public health who was commended in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as an “American Health Hero,” will read from his newest collection, To Sing Away the Darkest Days--Poems Re-imagined from Yiddish Folksongs. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. 



Weather Delays This Event!

Due to the inclement weather, the Twin Ports Jewish Retrospective for Thursday, March 27, has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 3.

Temple Israel and Twin Ports Hadassah invite you to join us as we look back at the people and events that have shaped the Duluth-Superior Jewish community. Elders and retirees from the entire Twin Ports Jewish community and interested others are invited for a free lunch, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3. During the program, guests will have the opportunity to share their memories, photographs and stories about their families, all of our congregations and our local Jewish organizations. Please RSVP to the Temple office by calling 724-8857. If you need a ride, we have volunteers available and willing to provide transportation