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September 2019

Selichot – Dessert Reception, Social Justice Havdalah & Musical Journey of the Soul

September 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and the Band for a dessert reception, social justice havdalah and then a musical Selichot service of depth and height as we prepare for the High Holy Days. Please bring medical supplies for Cuba.  For a list of especially needed materials, click here.

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Spiritual Healing With Rabbi Shohama (“live” with phone/video option)

September 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama for a special pre-Rosh Hashanah spiritual healing session. No experience necessary. "Live" participation at TBE is best; persons wishing to join by phone or video should please email yourshulbythesea@gmail.com by Monday, September 23, for connection instructions. Event is free for all.  

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Kabbalat Shabbat with R. David (P. Netzavim)

September 27, 2019 @ 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 this final Shabbat of 5779. This week's Torah portion (Netzavim) has us all standing together about to enter the Land of Promise – the same words that we will reprise in a few weeks at Yom Kippur. Let's stand together and get ready to go! Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780

September 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a musical and uplifting welcome to Rosh Hashanah and the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe) for the year 5780. Doors open at 5:30pm; services begin promptly at 6:00pm. Please plan in advance for traffic and parking.  Free parking is available on City Island Avenue, surrounding surface streets, and the parking lot at Seafood City opposite the synagogue. Guests using the parking lot should please use the spaces closest to the fence alongside…

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Rosh Hashanah – Day 1

September 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for Rosh Hashanah services as we journey into the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe). Shofar service will begin after noon (bring the kids!), followed by Tashlich beachside (please bring bread). Doors open at 9:30am; services begin promptly at 10:00am.  Please plan in advance for traffic and parking.  Free parking is available on City Island Avenue, surrounding surface streets, and the parking lot at Seafood City opposite the synagogue.  Guests using the parking lot should please use the spaces closest to the…

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October 2019

Rosh Hashanah – Day 2

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for Rosh Hashanah services as we journey deeper into the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe). Doors open at 9:30am; services begin promptly at 10:00m.  Please plan in advance for traffic and parking.  Free parking is available on City Island Avenue, surrounding surface streets, and the parking lot at Seafood City opposite the synagogue.  Guests using the parking lot should please use the spaces closest to the fence alongside City Island Avenue. All services are free and…

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Shabbat Shuvah – Contemplative Shabbat of Light

October 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David for a soulful and contemplative commemoration of Shabbat Shuvah, the special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as we immerse in wholeness and holiness. Oneg to follow.

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Kol Nidre

October 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and the Band by the Sea for Kol Nidre, the holiest time of the Jewish year, with a profoundly moving service of spiritual release and purification for Yom Kippur. In honor of Yom Kippur’s themes of purity and simplicity, many in our community will wear white and refrain from wearing leather, jewelry and other ornaments. Kol Nidre also is the only evening in which it is traditional to wear a tallit (prayer shawl). We invite you to join us in…

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Yom Kippur – Day of Holiness

October 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement – the holiest day of the Jewish year. Yom Kippur will offer prayer and music at shul, combined with midday mystical learning, sound healing, gentle yoga and rest with creature comforts at the nearby seaside home of Mariko Gordon on City Island. The day will be paced comfortably, so plan to spend the day with us. Yom Kippur will conclude with traditional Neilah, Havdalah and catered Break Fast. Our…

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Community Led Shabbat Services

October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Sukkot Gathering & Potluck Dinner (RSVP required)

October 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. Shohama, R. David and the TBE community as we kick off the Festival of Sukkot, Season of our Joy (zman simchateinu) with a potluck dinner in our Sukkah – chandeliers and all!

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Sukkah Potluck Dinner, Party and Music Jam at Rabbi David’s (RSVP required; TBE members only)

October 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rabbi David’s Home, 39 Holbrook Lane
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 United States
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Join Rabbi David for this second annual Sukkot potluck dinner and party at his home in Westchester. RSVP required by email (yourshulbythesea@gmail.com). Event for TBE members only.

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Sukkot Shabbat with R. Shohama & R. David

October 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. Shohama, R. David and the Band for this most joyous Shabbat of Sukkot, Season of our Joy (zman simchateinu).  Celebratory oneg in the Sukkah.

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Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

October 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

We end, and we begin. Join R. Shohama, R. David and the Band for this spiral ending-beginning of our Torah year. We'll spiral-dance the hakafot (circuits) of our soul journey (bring your dancing shoes!), receive Torah's blessings, and begin our timeless journey again. One last oneg in the Sukkah.

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Community Led Shabbat Services

October 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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November 2019

Community Led Shabbat Services

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Kabbalat Shabbat – EMERGENCY CANCELLATION: SHUL CLOSED

November 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Due to an emergency, lay-led Shabbat services for November 7 are cancelled and the synagogue is closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Shari Berkowitz

November 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Shari and Band members for a sweet and musical welcome to the Shabbat of Parshat Vayera, an echo of Rosh Hashanah. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Celebrating Shohama: Kabbalat Shabbat

November 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and the Band for this special Shabbat tribute to Rabbi Shohama. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Celebrating Shohama: Luncheon Tribute

November 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pelham & Split Rock Golf Courses Reception Hall, 870 Shore Road
Bronx, NY United States
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Join the TBE community, and dignitaries of seminary, pulpit and community, as we celebrate our incomparable Rabbi Shohama. Tickets, Blessing Book and other contribution information available via this link.

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Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service of Gratitude

November 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and all City Island clergy from our sister houses of worship for a Thanksgiving gathering and service of gratitude. Funds will be collected to support a local food pantry. Fellowship, food and drink to follow.

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Thanksgiving Tikkun Olam – Serving Lunch at Trinity Methodist Church

November 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, 331 City Island Avenue
City Island, NY 10464 United States
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Join Rabbi David and members of the TBE Family as we serve Thanksgiving lunch to regional community members at Trinity Methodist Church. This annual event is heart warming and a wonderful opportunity to give back.  Part of TBE Tikkun Olam program.

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December 2019

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David & Special Guest, Maggid Charna Rosenholtz (P. Vayishlach)

December 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Rabbi David and the Band for a celebratory welcome to Shabbat. In this week's Torah portion (Vayishlach), patriarch Jacob fears the worst – but his already dramatic story takes an even more dramatic and surprising turn. Why do we write scripts? Come and learn, and release into Shabbat.  Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community led Shabbat with Capt. Bob

December 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Vayeshev 5780 will be discussed on this Shabbat just before Hanukah.

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Cuba on City Island: Two “Chosen Islands”

December 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Join Rabbi David and TBE's Cuba delegation for a heart-warming journey into Jewish Cuba. With photos, discussion and "show and tell," we'll explore what Cuba teaches us about the deep meaning of being Jewish and doing Jewish in community – and how we can continue to give back from one "Chosen Island" to another. Cuba event will open into Chanukkah's First Light gathering and reception that begins 5:00 p.m. mid-Island at Hawkins Park & Kaleidoscope Gallery

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Chanukkah First Light

December 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Rabbi David and the City Island community to light our public chanukkiyah and bring in the light of Chanukkah. Gather mid-island at Hawkins Park on City Island Avenue; reception to follow at Kaleidoscope Gallery (280 City Island Avenue).

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Chanukkah & Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (P. Mikeitz)

December 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and the Band for a celebratory musical welcome to Shabbat. This week's Torah portion (Mikeitz) brings Joseph's springboard from the bottom to the top, with many lessons for how we live into our turmoils and triumphs. Bring your chanukkiyot to light at shul, and a wrapped gift (suggested value: $20) for our "Chanukkah Harry" gift exchange. Celebratory Chanukkah-themed oneg to follow sponsored by Barbara and Aaron Gold in memory of Carl Gold z"l.

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January 2020

Kabbalat Shabbat (Cap’n Bob)

January 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David & The Band (P. Vayechi)

January 10 @ 7:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David and the Band for a spiritually uplifting Shabbat and our first clergy Shabbat of 2020. This week's Torah portion (Vayechi) closes the Book of Genesis with the conclusion of the Joseph story and a cliffhanger that will last 400 years. What will the future be? What will the year ahead be? What vision will we need to see ahead in this special "20/20" year of vision? Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat (Leslie & Stu)

January 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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