Temple Beth Israel is a Reform Jewish congregation where members may freely explore and express their Judaism in an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. Our friendly, diverse and multi-generational community is:

Bet Midrash (A Community of Study) - Education is at the center of our congregational life, offering vibrant and thought provoking Jewish learning for adults, children and families.

Bet T'fillah (A House of Prayer) - Weekday, Shabbat and Holy Day services engage our members of all ages and provide worship experiences to meet the diverse needs of our community.

Bet K'nesset (A Place of Gathering) - We are a community of friends, coming together to celebrate life's joys, cope with life's challenges and work to improve the world.

At Temple Beth Israel the vitality of our present and the promise of our future grow from the roots of our history and tradition. We believe that Jewish life finds its best expression when lived within a community, and so we support each other and strive to create personal connections within our membership, with Israel and with the greater household of the Jewish people.

Highlights
GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS & THE JEWISH CALL TO ACTION PROGRAM BY HIAS
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:00PM Sisterhood has planned an interesting and important program on the Global Refugee Crisis and the Jewish Call to Action.  The program will be presented by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).  It will feature an award winning documentary film called "Every Face Has a Name", to be followed by discussion and information.  For further information please contact Ellen Sontag at 847-869-4352 or 
egsontag@aol.com or Patti Levy at 847-651-8511 or ael2528@aol.comHIAS_Flyer_12.7.16.pdf
 
WARM UP SOMEONE ELSE’S WINTER:  DONATE A COAT!
Contribute to the collection starting NOW! Gently used kids' boots, mittens, hats, and scarves.  Kids' and Adults' coats are welcome.  Kids' items will be donated to CPS.  Adult winter coats will go to
RefugeeOne, an organization who collects and distributes supplies and clothing for refugees.  Bring items and place them in the Ark Collection box located in the TBI Foyer by December 9, 2016.  Coat_Drive_Flyer_2016.pdf
 
SHALOM SHABBAT: A TIME FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN—
This program welcomes families with children including tots through 5th grade.  Join us as we welcome Shabbat on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 6:00PM for special family friendly services and festive Shabbat dinner to follow.  $10 per adult; $5 per child; $25 maximum per household.  Shalom Shabbat will be great fun. Let’s all celebrate Shabbat together!  Sign up by clicking on the following link:  
www.tinyurl.com/tbiskokie
 
FRIDAY NIGHT SHABBAT WORSHIP—
We gather for Erev Shabbat evening worship including Torah reading and music from Koleynu on Friday December 9, 2016 at 7:30PM in the Lorge Sanctuary.  We look forward to joining together in festive celebration of Shabbat. Oneg Shabbat hosted by Bill Klopsch in honor of his special birthday.
 
SHABBAT MORNING TORAH STUDY—
Join with Rabbi Weinberg and TBI members as we meet over the text of Torah and together explore its meaning, 9:00AM – 10:15AM in Rabbi’s Study. Newcomers welcome!


SHABBAT MORNING WORSHIP—
Shabbat morning worship will be held in the Lorge Sanctuary on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 10:30AM when we will celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Grace Murphy, daughter of Susan Derex and Jerry Murphy
 
HAVDALAH AND A MITZVAH—
Join us on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 4:00PM— 6:00PM for Mitzvahs galore! There will be Mitzvahs for all age groups 1) Making get well cards for those who are ill in our Congregation; 2) Making matzo balls for the matzo ball soup who are ill in our Congregation; 3) Assembling teacher's gifts; and 4) Decorate cookies for the local soup kitchen.  There will also be a potluck dinner - $7 per family.  Pizza will be served.  Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to pass.  K, 2nd, and 4th grades bring sides.  1st, 3rd, and 5th bring desserts.  All others, please bring snacks.  Questions or want to help with this event? Contact Alyssa Berman-Cutler (YES Committee Chair) at alyssa.berman@gmail.com or Amber Wood at adcoulte@gmail.com.  Please sign up for the event at www.tinyurl.com/tbiskokie   Havdalah_and_a_Mitzvah2016.pdf
 
BOOK OF ISAIAH 101
On Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:00AM – 10:00AM, our Sunday morning study group will examine the Book of Isaiah.  No previous Torah class required; newcomers are always welcome.  We will be studying chapters 27, 28 & 29. 
Each week this adult education class will read, discuss and try to unravel the meaning and message of a portion of the Book of Isaiah.  Education_at_a_Glance_Dec-Jan.pdf 
 
THE TABLET ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
This series continues on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 10:00AM
Tablet is the premiere online site for Jewish culture and news. Just over a year ago, the fine journalists at Tablet began printing a magazine, which harkens back to long form journalism addressing topics as diverse as Jewish architecture to the Jewish roots of Gidget.  Employing some of the best Jewish writers in America today, Tablet - The Magazine promotes itself as “The best 3500 year old glossy magazine in town.”  Using this magazine which features cutting-edge stories, art, and ideas that will stand the test of time, we are creating an almost monthly round table to discuss articles of interest and engage in exchanges of thoughts and ideas.  We invite members of TBI to subscribe at www.imsnews.com/tablet or text TABLET to 66866. You can also call 1-757-428-8180 to order. The cost is $39.99 for 6 issues (and they are 6 BIG issues).  Once you have subscribed, please email Lori Sagarin at educator@tbiskokie.org in order to be able to receive advance copies of articles for Roundtable.


 





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