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In an effort to create more opportunities for our congregants to connect with each other and with the clergy, Temple Israel is starting a Virtual Café! Each week, one of our clergy will host the café for an hour to discuss whatever comes to mind. So grab a cup of coffee and join your fellow Temple Israel congregants for a nice, casual afternoon break.
Wednesdays, May 6 – June 10, 9 a.m.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89380165307
Saturdays, 9:15 a.m.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/480704878
For the Jewish people, the study of Torah never ends. Each year, as we read the sacred text again, it can be as if we are reading it for the first time. Each encounter with sacred text offers the possibility of new meanings. Join us in a discussion about the weekly Torah portion led by one of our clergy. All are welcome.
Wednesdays, May 13 & 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98061888930
An Honest Look at Politics, History & Life in the Jewish State
The modern State of Israel is among the most enduring enigmas of recent world history. How does this tiny country, which holds such a large place in Judaism and the American Jewish heart, balance the demands of being “a light to the nations” with navigating the challenges of politics and statehood in a harsh world? Cantor Alexander will guide us in an honest exploration of the successes and failures, the dreams and the realities of modern Israel that is sure to make you think and challenge your assumptions about M’dinat Yisrael (the State of Israel).
Thursdays, 10 a.m.
May 14 & 21 Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/943749843
Israel native Ron Lugasy, a former IDF soldier now in her second year as the sh’lichah to the Omaha Jewish community, will guide us in conversation about current events, art, music, culture, politics, social dynamics, and other issues pertaining to modern Israel and Jewish life inside and beyond the Jewish state. A new offering this year at Temple Israel, The Israel Forum is a casual environment for thought-provoking discussion, friendship, and community-building.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/236295348
Reform Jews around the world are rediscovering the study of Talmud, Jewish law, philosophy, and other rich, thought-provoking, and inspiring classical texts. Using English translations of the texts in a casual conversational format, Rabbi Stoller, who is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish law, will guide us in exploring how the wisdom of our Jewish sages can change our perspectives on modern living, deepen our relationship with God, and transform our way of being in the world.
Monday-Friday, 7 am.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/308011253
As part of our commitment to be a source of spiritual sustenance during this time of isolation and anxiety, I will be leading a Daily Virtual Morning Minyan (prayer service) from my home that will last approximately 30 minutes.
We will use the same Zoom link each day, so you can simply copy the link into your daily calendar and join us whenever you can!
Morning prayer has been the bedrock of my personal spiritual practice for 15 years. Every morning before my kids wake up, I come down to my basement, put on my tallit and t’fillin, and pray the morning service. I have found it to be an extraordinarily powerful daily practice and I think you will, too.
I’d like to invite you in to my home first thing in the morning to pray with me. No frills, no sermon, no frontal presentation. Just you and me, in the quiet stillness of the morning, chanting the prayers in an authentic Reform style (with both Hebrew and English), watching the sun begin to illumine the world. I won’t be dressed up; in fact, I’ll come in a t-shirt and pajama pants and slippers – and I hope you will, too. Because it’s not about pretense or how you look. It’s about prayer, and God, and standing in awe at the dawning of a new day.
I’m looking forward to praying with you each morning and I hope you will join me!
Rabbi Brian Stoller
- Don’t be overwhelmed by hosting your own seder. Use this handy checklist to help you prepare!
- Learn about the Passover story, which is so central to Jewish life and history and can be customized for all ages and learning levels. The Passover Seder is a great opportunity to involve everyone around the table, so use your imagination, and the many resources available, to create a holiday celebration that’s perfect for your family.
- If you’re hosting a virtual seder with friends and family from near and far, here are some questions, videos, and resources to help make your seder lively, entertaining, and meaningful.
- Bring out the Passover crafts your family has made over the years. If you don’t already have a seder plate, Elijah’s cup, afikomen bag, or matzah cover, here are some great ideas to create your own!
- Order some Passover props and decorations to get in the festive mood:
- Need recipe inspiration? Take a look at these delicious, kosher- for-Passover recipes:
- 22 Nut-Free Charoset Recipes
- Matzah Ball Soup Central
- Bubbe’s Famous Brisket
- Delicious Passover Dessert Recipes
- Drink Pairings for Your Passover Seder: Getting Creative with the Four Cups
- Cantor Alexander’s Pesach Chocolate Marble Cake with Chocolate Glaze
- Check out Temple Israel’s Pinterest Board for more recipes!
- Choose a Haggadah that fits your family:
- Sharing the Journey Haggadah by CCAR Press
- The New Union Haggadah by CCAR Press
- URJ’s Passover Seders for Younger Children (2-3 Year Old’s) (4-5 Year Old’s)
- The Wandering is Over Haggadah by JewishBoston
- The Hamilton Haggadah by Rabbi Emily Cohen and Rabbi Jake Best Adler
- The Pardes Companion to the Haggadah
- The HIAS Haggadah (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
- Make your own Family Haggadah: Follow the step by step instructions
- Does cooking sound overwhelming? Let Temple Israel take care of the food for you! Chef Hattam will prepare each meal and our team of Temple Israel volunteers will be providing complimentary delivery service. Order online today!
- Each meal will include: Charosses (no nuts), Matzah Ball Soup (contains gluten), Potato Kugel, Mixed Vegetables, Brisket (fish option is Salmon), Matzah (contains gluten), Macaroons; additional items for your Seder plate include parsley and horseradish
- Meal cost: $27 per adult, $14 per child ages 6-12, No charge for children ages five and under.