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January 2020

#BEALIGHT HAVDALAH POSTPONED TO 3/28

January 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The 1/18 #BeALight Havdalah at the home of Robyn Lobe has been postponed to March 28 due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for the late notice and look forward to gathering together soon.  Blessings for safety in the winter weather forecast for this weekend.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. David, The Band and Special Guest Rev. Kristen Provost Switzer (P. Vaera)

January 24 @ 7:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David and the Band as we welcome special guest, Rev. Kristen Provost Switzer of the United Church of Connecticut. This week's Torah portion (Vaera) is in the thick of Moses' encounter with God, Pharaoh and Destiny. How often we learn most about the Holy in our encounter with challenge. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Hate and Healing: Rwandan Genocide, Antisemitism & Spiritual Response – A Public Event for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 26 @ 5:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map
$20

Join Rabbi David and guest scholar Edward Ballen for a deep and inspiring journey into redemption and healing after atrocity. Ballen founded the Rwanda Education Assistance Project as a response to the Rwandan genocide.  An expert in second-generation trauma and societal evolution after atrocity, Ballen has taught at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.  He continues to serve the people of Rwanda. Freewill offering ($20) to benefit Rwanda Education Assistance Project. Sponsored by Temple Beth El's Task Force on Antisemitism…

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Kabbalat Shabbat (Shari & Monty)

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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February 2020

Kabbalat Shabbat (Leslie & Stu)

February 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tu B’Shevat “Wine and Cheese” Seder: Mystical Mid-Winter Journey of Spring

February 9 @ 5:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map
$15

Join R. David and the mystics for this year's Tu B'shevat seder to summon the earth's renewal we call spring. As sap lifts trees to new life, we will lift through Four Worlds, shedding layers to reveal new growth. Selections of quality wine and organic cheeses to be served.

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Kabbalat Love-Shabbat with R. David and The Band (P. Yitro)

February 14 @ 7:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

It's a Valentine's Day – Shabbat – Ten Commandments mash-up! Join R. David and The Band for a special Shabbat for Love (for Valentine's Day) and the many ways we Do Love (for the Ten Commandments given in this week's Torah portion, Yitro). Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat (Shari & Monty)

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. David & The Band (P. Terumah) – Shabbat of Giving

February 28 @ 7:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David and The Band for a musical welcome to this Shabbat of Giving. Amidst Torah's instructions to build the Holy of Holies (v'asu li mikdash v'shochanti b'tocham – make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them), this week's portion (Terumah) begins with receiving gifts from everyone with a willing heart. Bring your willing heart and gifts: there's lots to give, and we become God's sanctuary. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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March 2020

Purimpalooza

March 8 @ 7:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David (who won't be R. David) and a veritable cast of characters for a super-fun Purim of hijinks, lowbrow, highbrow, hiddenness and revelation. Come in costume, shed inhibition (we have ways of helping!) and prepare for the unexpected.

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Women’s Herstory Shabbat with R. David and The Band (P. Ki Tisa – Shabbat of Shabbats)

March 13 @ 7:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David and The Band for Women's Herstory Shabbat, coinciding with a special Shabbat of Shabbats. This week's Torah portion (Ki Tisa) includes our V'shamru, making this Shabbat the Shabbat about Shabbat. How do we make Shabbat into a Work of Art in our lives that renews our lives with beauty? How do we fulfill the Covenant for all amidst our unfinished journey toward equality, belonging, feminine leadership and the women's spiritual birthright? Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Spring Fling – 86th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance, honoring Jodie Sadovsky & Phillis Mauciery

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Pelham & Split Rock Golf Courses Reception Hall, 870 Shore Road
Bronx, NY United States
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It's a highlight of the TBE year, our annual gala dinner dance to benefit Your Shul by the Sea. Bring your dancing shoes and dress colorfully for this first day of spring. This year's event honors TBE vice president Jodie Sadovsky and Phillis Maucieri!

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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. David and the Band (P. Vayikra)

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David and the Band for a spirited musical welcome to the Shabbat of Vayikra, the first chapters of the Book of Leviticus. We reach Torah's middle book and her teachings about spiritual humility and inclusion – lessons the world especially needs now. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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#BeALight Social Justice Havdalah for Spring (Home of Robyn Lobe)

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

When the world is dark, be a light! Leaning into spring, we gather for a social justice havdalah of music and ritual to honor the flow of justice. Tzedakah recipient will be the Innocence Project. We'll gather at the home of Robyn Lobe (RSVP required by email: address will be sent to all registered participants).

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April 2020

Community Passover Seder: The Fiftieth Earth Day

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join R. David, the flow of liberation, millennia of freedom fighters and the whole planetary ecology for a community Passover Seder unlike any other. Tradition's four cups will weave with modern spiritual innovation to inspire, touch, teach and transform. RSVP and pre-payment essential. Reservation information will be posted soon.

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Shabbat Shirah: The Passover Shabbat of Song and Liberation

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join R. David and the Band for Shabbat Shirah – the Passover Shabbat of liberation at the Sea. Celebratory Passover-themed oneg to follow.

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Earth Day Shabbat: 50 Years Later, 50 Years From Now (P. Tatzria)

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join R. David and the Band for this Shabbat dedicated to this week's 50th Earth Day. By coincidence, it's also Torah's week of instruction for the spiritual affliction of tzora'at, a leprosy-like affliction. The planet, and our souls, need us to get really real before things fall away – and it's not too late. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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