Big Tent Appreciation Event

Join us on August 2.  We’ll be celebrating our work together on the Jewish Cultural Festival.  Our  service begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by a the big tent dinner.  The dinner is free but you need to RSVP by Friday, July 26.


Torah on Tap

Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. at South Park Tavern

Join Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz or Rabbi Tina Sobo at South Park Tavern (1301 Wayne Ave.) for some drinks and discussion about topics relevant to modern Jewish living.  You’ve got the questions, we’ve got the rabbi!  First round is on us!  Feel free to order some dinner there.  



Prayer & Play Goes Outdoors

Prayer and Play 
Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Join us at Temple Israel for a field day with fun outside followed by Kiddush at noon.  All Prayer & Play events are facilitated by Rabbi Sobo and are perfect for not-yet-school-aged children and their families.  The goal is to build community in a come-as-you-are, friendly environment.  All events include a little prayer, a lot of fun and laughter, and a wonderful community of families with young children!  RSVPs for all events are strongly encouraged, but not required, to the office or Rabbi Sobo. 










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Kiddush Lunch August 10

From hot dogs to albondigas and goulash to babaganoush we will again gather for Kiddush lunch with foods from around the world and close to home.  Our first Kiddush lunch of the year is early, Saturday, August 10, as we enjoy American summer foods including, all beef hot dogs, barbecued chicken, and a collection of traditional salads.  A vegetarian option will be available.  This years food themes are:

August 10 – American Summer Fare
November – 16 Hungary
January 11 – Spain/Portugal
March 21 – Burke’s Famous Corned Beef Dinner
May 16 – Israel
Reservations are not required but if you would like to help out, contact Judy Heller at





Back to the Basics, Back to the Sources

Join Rabbi Bodney-Halasz for a lively discussion of Judaism’s greatest texts.  We will read through Barry W. Holtz’s book, Back to the Sources, which teaches about basic genres of Jewish literature including: Hebrew Bible, Talmud, Midrash, commentaries, philosophy, Kabbalah, Hasidic literature, and liturgy.  Class will be held at Temple Israel on Thursdays at noon beginning August 15.  Feel free to bring a lunch and a copy of the book.