Shining a Light, Making an Impact

Rabbi's Message - December 7, 2021

Rabbi Tina Sobo

Dear Friends,

As I clean the wax from the crevices of my menorah where just two nights ago the candles shone in all their brilliance, I realize that December is upon us, and I can’t help but wonder where 2021 went.  Last year, at about this time, we so readily prepared to say ‘good riddance’ to the notorious year 2020, with its uncharted territory and held dear the hope that the COVID vaccines were our ticket to normalcy.  Yet, here we are, a year later, and it feels like this past year has been nearly as uncharted as the one before it.  Our environment is ever-changing as always, but it has been a comfort to navigate the storm together as a congregation.

Our success in continuing to fulfill our mission to serve our congregants and the Jewish community, is possible because of you.  Over the pandemic, many have been able to continue to participate and give as much or more than you previously had.  These contributions always support the work of our clergy and staff, and enable us to provide the programs and services that impact you - all our members, friends, neighbors, and the community at large.  We’ve continued our outreach efforts to foster connection between congregants, as isolation and loneliness remain heightened.  We’ve been able to begin coming back together in-person at Temple, while also providing connections through Zoom and YouTube streaming for those who are unable to join us in person.  Things still look different than “normal”, but we’ve learned so much about what it means (and how) to connect. We know that the pandemic has impacted everyone and we are truly grateful for your time, creativity, and generosity.

As the year comes to a close, the path forward still remains uncertain.  What remains true is our commitment to overcome those obstacles together and provide financial, religious, social and emotional support and services to all our families and the community.  I invite you to make a year-end contribution to Temple Israel so that we may continue to be beacon of Torah (teaching),  Avodah (service), and G’milut Chasadim (kind actions).

Jewish ethics teaches that even the smallest of actions is integral to the success of the whole.  Each and every act of giving makes an impact, no matter how small.  From one tiny flame of the shamash, the entire Hanukkah menorah is lit.  Be that light.  Make an impact.  

Thank you for considering a contribution to Temple.  May we all move forward in strength, health, and holiness.


Rabbi Tina Sobo

Chanukkah & Giving Tuesday Outdoor Experience

Tuesday, November 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Ready to spread some joy?

Join us at Temple Israel to celebrate Chanukkah and give back to our community! Bring items from St. Vincent de Paul’s wish list to donate and then we’ll light the outdoor menorah, eat sufganiyot, play some games, and share hopes for the future. You’ll also have the chance to purchase candles, dreidels, and other Chanukkah wares to elevate your celebration at home. Everything will take place in the parking lot. 

Wishing you peace and light this Chanukkah season!

Hanukkah Drive-Thru Experience

Hanukkah Drive-Thru Experience

Friday, December 11 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Let’s spread light, one car at a time! 

Join us for a special drive-thru to celebrate the Festival of Lights.  Attendees will have the chance to recite the Hanukkah blessings, light the pedal-powered menorah, pick up some unique latke recipes, sing songs with Grant Halasz, eat donut holes, and grab some coffee or hot chocolate to go.  In addition, pre-order Hanukkah necessities (candles, dreidels, wrapping paper, and gelt) to help support Temple Israel, and pre-order sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and challah from Evans Bakery to pick up at the event.  (Please submit orders no later than December 4 for Hanukkah items to the Temple office.  Evans’ donut and challah orders are due no later than December 9.)  

Interested in a little competition?  We are interested in seeing what your creativity brings!  Find out more about our Wacky Latke & Chanukiah contests!  The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 4.

We’ll light the big menorah on our front lawn at 5:45 p.m. and stream it on Zoom, so anyone can participate.  Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!