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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.


Laugh a little

This month's Elders and Retirees Luncheon features the movie, "Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women." The movie tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century: Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 and will run until 2 p.m. Bring others from the Jewish community. RSVP by calling 724-8857. Let us know if you need a ride; we have volunteers willing to provide transportation. 


Out of Narrow Places 

Join us in retelling the story of Passover during our second night seder, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Partake in ritual foods from the seder plate, prayers, readings and songs. Hear once again how we escaped the bonds of slavery in Egypt. Then enjoy a communal meal, details of which are still to come.

Be sure to make your reservation by calling the office at 724-8857.