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Sitter Service
child iconThis icon means that sitter service will be available for children ages 18 months through five years old. Reservations are required. $10 per family/per session. Please reserve a space by calling the Temple Israel office or completing the form on our website. There will be a $2 extra charge per child for late reservations. Confidential assistance with sitter service fees is available, contact Executive Director Dennis DePorte, 402-556-6536.

Need a Speaker Phone?
If you are unable to attend services, please contact the Temple Israel office as soon as possible to arrange this service.

Sign Language
If you are hearing impaired and would like a seat reserved at the front of the sanctuary to better observe the signing, please let us know.

Yom Kippur Appeal
This year we are very excited that Temple Israel will have an opportunity to save a life during this High Holiday season. We will be partnering with the Religious Action Center and Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation to host a bone marrow donor recruitment drive on Yom Kippur. Joining the registry does not mean you will automatically be a donor, but it does mean you can be a potential donor until your 61st birthday. Since tissue type is inherited, a patient’s best chance of finding a genetic match lies with donors of similar ethnicity. The only way you will ever know if you can help save a life is by taking the first step to be tested!

Registration is simple, involving a cheek swab and completion of a quick health history evaluation. Eligible donors must be between the ages of 18-60 and in general good health. We will be conducting cheek swabs during the day on Yom Kippur.


High Holidays Schedule

Kol Rina Rehearsal
Sundays, September 7, 14 & 21, 1 p.m.
Tuesdays, September 16 & 30, 6:30 p.m.

Havdalah & S’lichot
Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Our journey will ready us for the High Holidays as we investigate the topic of Shema, Bearing Witness: Are we Able to Listen? After a video presentation, we will have an open dialogue on the topic. We will also be changing the Torah Covers for the High Holidays. A chocolate oneg will follow the service.

Rosh Hashanah Evening ServiceSitterService Livestreaming
Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Tot Service
Thursday, September 25, 9 a.m., Chapel
This child-friendly service is for families with preschool-age children.

SitterService LivestreamingRosh Hashanah Morning Service
Thursday, September 25, 10:15 a.m.

Rosh Hashanah Morning for Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Thursday, September 25, 10 a.m.
Children in Kindergarten through 4th Grade will join in an age-appropriate High Holiday worship service, followed by holiday-themed activities. The children will join the main service before the last aliyah, in order to experience the Shofar services. We request that parents save a space next to you for your children to join you at the appropriate time.


Thursday, September 25, 12:30 p.m.
Following our Rosh Hashanah service, we will gather for Tashlich, which means “cast away.” We will throw our transgressions into the creek behind our new building and begin the new year cleansed of our sins and misdeeds. A family-friendly Mitzvah project will follow Tashlich.

Shabbat Shuva
Friday, September 26, 6 p.m.
The “Sabbath of Return,” emphasizes the return to those values which enhance life and its meaning. On Shabbat Shuva, Temple Israel offers the family an opportunity to introspectively examine and evaluate its priorities and directions. The renewal of family life emerges from the traditions and creative liturgy of this most sacred Shabbat.

Memorial Service
Sunday, September 28, 1 p.m.
Schrager Memorial Chapel, Temple Israel Cemetery, 6412 North 42 St.
We will visit the graves of our loved ones so that we may remember and honor those in our past who inspire us to live our lives more fully in the future. Names of loved ones who have died since last Yom Kippur will be read aloud during this service. A memorial book will contain a printed list of the names of all loved ones remembered.

Kol NidreSitterService Livestreaming
Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
Services will be led by Rabbi Azriel, Rabbi Brown and Cantor Shermet.

High Holy Days Food Drive: Fill a Bag, Feed a Family!
Saturday, October 4
Pick up a bag at Temple Israel on Rosh Hashanah, fill it with food, and return your filled bag on Yom Kippur. Last year we collected over 3,100 pounds of food to stock the pantry at the Food Bank of the Heartland. Please include as much protein (i.e., canned meats, tuna, lentils/beans, peanut butter) as you can in your donations. Help us to make this year a sweeter one for all.

Temple Israel Bone Marrow Registry Drive
Saturday, October 4, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
A SIMPLE CHEEK SWAB IS ALL IT TAKES! For many children and adults suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases, the only hope for a cure is a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drive. If you are between the ages of 18 and 60 and in general good health, you are eligible to swab and register. No need to RSVP or pre-register: the entire sign up process takes only 5 minutes! For more information, please contact Program Director Scott Littky, 402-556-6536 or, or visit www.giftoflife.orgGift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and facilitating bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases. Gift of Life’s mission is to find a match: Anytime. Anywhere. For anyone.

Yom Kippur Tot Service
Saturday, October 4, 9 a.m., Chapel
This child-friendly service is for families with preschool-age children.

Yom Kippur Morning for Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m.
Children in Kindergarten through 4th Grade will join the main service through the amidah and then they will head downstairs with Debbie Massarano, Nikki Flatowicz and OTYG for High Holiday activities.

Yom Kippur Morning ServicesSitterService Livestreaming
Saturday, October 4, 10:15 a.m.

A Time to Reflect: Anxiety/Exhaustion/Relief
Saturday, October 4, 12:30 p.m.
“In a world torn by violence and pain, a world far from wholeness and peace.” Rabbi Azriel will conduct our panel consisting of David Kotak, former Omaha World Herald editor, Ophir Palmon, founder of Artistic Visions and an Israeli by birth, and Brent Bloom, lawyer and yoga/meditation teacher, as we will engage ourselves in a review of issues we see in our world that as a result of 24/7 coverage causes us anxiety, exhaustion and hopefully relief at some point.

Moments of Remembrance
Saturday, October 4, 1:30 p.m.
To prepare for Yizkor and to experience the comfort of being with others who have lost someone special in their lives. Marla Cohen, MS,NCC,LMHP, will help participants share important memories of the people they mourn. Please consider bringing a photograph or other memento that helps convey the essence of the person or people you mourn. This session is open to all who have suffered a loss in the last two years.

At-one-ment: Beginning Again with Compassion and Peace, A Yom Kippur Meditation
Saturday, October 4, 1:30 p.m.
Brent Bloom, a certified and registered Yoga instructor, will guide us through a time of personal reflection with the use of meditation as we prepare for our afternoon of prayer.

A Chance to Clear the Air
Saturday, October 4, 1:30 p.m.
Take a walk around the Temple Israel grounds with Rabbi Brown. A chance to clear your head and to reflect on the day.

A First Look at the new Reform Movement Machzor
Saturday, October 4, 2:30 p.m.
Through the use of the liturgy in our new Machzor, Rabbi Azriel will assist us in beginning to learn how our High Holy spiritual experiences will be enhanced with its use.

Afternoon Service, Yizkor, Ne’ilah, Havdalah
Saturday, October 4, 3:45 p.m.
The afternoon service includes the reading of the Book of Jonah, recounting the importance of repentance and prayer. Yizkor celebrates the power to remember those that came before us. Ne’ilah means “closing the gate,” and we ask to be sealed in the Book of Life and hear a final shofar blast. Havdalah is the ceremony that ends this holiday as well as the Sabbath.


Sukkot / Simchat Torah


Dinner, Sukkot Service & Bonfire
Wednesday, October 8, 6 p.m.
Join us in celebrating this festival holiday with dinner, music and a bonfire. There will be family friendly activities. All participants are asked to bring fresh produce to donate to the Food Bank for the Heartland. 

Sukkot Morning Service and Breakfast in the Sukkah
Thursday, October 9, Breakfast, 9:30 a.m., Service, 10:30 a.m.

Simchat Torah & Consecration
Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate our kindergartners as they begin their Religious School education. The children will receive a blessing from the clergy and the Torah scrolls will be paraded around the sanctuary. There will be lots of family friendly activities, and after the service there will be an oneg with ice cream and dancing, with music provided by Tuffy Epstein.

Simchat Torah Morning Service & Yizkor
Thursday, October 16, 10:30 a.m.
If you would like to have the names of your loved ones read at the Yizkor service, please contact the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536, by Tuesday, October 14.