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Passover Family Seder
Saturday, April 20, 6 p.m.
The Passover Seder is our treasured tradition, a beautifully complicated meal that we share with each other in order to remember our history and renew our optimism for the future. Jews around the world will recline at their tables with family and friends to actively participate in the story of our people, to recount our release from bondage in Egypt, and to eat and drink together.
You are invited to join your Temple Israel family for this meaningful holiday at our Seder. Dinner will include matzah ball soup, roast brisket, potato kugel, salad, chocolate-dipped macaroons for dessert, and all the traditional favorites such as charoset, gefilte fish, and, of course, lots of matzah! This is a family-friendly event and children will be rewarded for participating in the Seder with an exciting search for the afikoman after the meal.Reservations are required and your payment is your reservation. To reserve your seat at the table, your RSVP must be made by Friday, April 12. Cost of the dinner is $27 for adults, $14 for children ages 6-12, and no charge for children ages five and under. After April 12, the cost of the dinner increases to: $37 for adults, $24 for children 6-12.
Friday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.
Your support will go toward the newly named Cantor Wendy Shermet Music Fund, which will allow funding for music ventures for years to come.
$25 – Individual
$50 – Sponsor (includes 1 seat)
$180 – Patron (includes 2 seats)
$1,000 – Table Sponsor (includes 8 or 9 seats)
RSVP with your payment by April 5 to confirm your seat at dinner.
This weekend will be full of opportunities to show Cantor Shermet how much she has meant to us over the past 18 years. Our Friday evening service will be followed by a special oneg. On Sunday morning, the Religious School will host a celebratory gathering, and Sunday evening Cantor Shermet will be honored at Tri-Faith’s Dinner in Abraham’s Tent.
We have been so blessed by Cantor Shermet’s talent, presence, and love for 18 years, we hope you will join in this celebration with us!
It is with great joy and excitement that we announce the selection of Cantor Joanna M. Alexander to be the next Cantor of Temple Israel, beginning July 1, 2019! She will succeed Cantor Wendy Shermet, who will retire in May after serving our congregation with grace and distinction since 2001.
After a thorough interview process that included two intensive days in Omaha getting to know congregants, teaching our elementary and high-school students, meeting with our adult choir, and leading an inspiring service with our rabbis and musicians, Cantor Alexander was recommended unanimously by our Cantor Search Committee and invited by our Board of Trustees to join Temple Israel’s clergy team. Cantor Alexander will come to us from Temple Rodeph Torah in Marlboro, New Jersey, where she has served since her ordination from Hebrew Union College’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2008.
Cantor Alexander is an experienced and talented cantor who is beloved by her congregants and colleagues alike for her warmth, her wisdom, and her sincerity. Both in her congregation and in the broader Reform movement, she has built a reputation as a dedicated and reliable clergy partner, a loving pastoral caregiver, and a skilled leader of innovation in ways that honor and affirm tradition. She enjoys teaching children to love Jewish music and brings experience and excitement to the work she will do with our new kids’ choir, Kol Chokolad. She is passionate about helping teens develop a Jewish ethical approach to navigating life’s challenges and is eager to build relationships with them as a teacher in our high school. As an active partner in interfaith work in New Jersey, she is inspired by the Tri-Faith Initiative and has creative ideas for how music can enhance this sacred work. Cantor Alexander will be an outstanding addition to our Temple Israel team and we know that she is the right cantor to lead us into the future. To read more about Cantor Alexander and listen to recordings of her singing some of our familiar prayers, visit her website at www.cantoralexander.org.
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