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May 2017

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Emor)

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and Your Shul by the Sea for a freiliche (joyful) welcome to this Shabbat of Parshat Emor.  Like our paresha, we'll survey the spiritual year en route to Shavuot, the festival of receiving Torah anew. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Shabbat Morning with Rabbi David (Behar-Bechukotai)

May 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Rabbi David for Shabbat morning davvenen (prayer) in the style of Jewish Renewal as we close the Book of Vayikra (Leviticus) and prepare for spiritual summer. Traditional oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Shohama and Rabbi David (Bamidbar)

May 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a musical and spiritually uplifting welcome to Shabbat the Book of Numbers (Bamidbar).  We turn the corner of this popular start of the summer season and approach Shavuot, the Festival of Revelation.  Receive the revealed bounties of summer. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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June 2017

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Nasso)

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and Your Shul by the Sea for a freiliche (joyful) welcome to this Shabbat of Parshat Nasso, which includes Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing). Having emerged from Shavuot, we all carry the spiritual charge as conduits for blessing. Share and receive the blessings of this special moment. Special dvar to be offered by Merissa Ferrar honoring her conversion. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Shohama & Rabbi David (Shlach)

June 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Shul by the Sea for a freiliche (joyful) welcome to this Shabbat of Parshat Shlach, in which we confront how small we sometimes feel – and what it takes to grow and become all we can be. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age (Session 7)

June 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave.
City Island, NY,
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Join Rabbi David for our final spring 2017 installment of our "Seeking and Spirit" series.  This session will be on tikkun olam and values through the lens of Jewish identity and spiritual practice.

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July 2017

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Shohama & Rabbi David (Parshat Pinchas)

July 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and our Band by the Sea for a musical and uplifting welcome to Shabbat. This week's Torah portion includes the divine Brit Shalom, the covenant of peace, in a world that craves peace amidst conflicts of all kinds. Find and make peace with us: celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community-led Shabbat with Monty

July 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy  the music and its joyousness, energization, inspiration and the exquisite sense of unity, peacefulness and interconnection between us all tonight as Monty Renov leads our Shabbat service on this special Friday. Our Friday evening siddur (prayerbook) is by Marcia Prager, a leading rabbi of Jewish Renewal and dean of the ALEPH Ordination Programs. Rabbi Prager’s beautiful artwork, inspirational English, and transliterations  are welcoming, uplifting and even nourishing. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Devarim – Shabbat Chazon)

July 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and our Band by the Sea for a musical welcome to this special Shabbat Chazon, the Shabbat of Vision preceding Tisha b'Av. This week's Torah portion (Devarim) opens the fifth and final Book of Torah with a retrospective on our journeys, as we round the corner into the seven weeks leading to Rosh Hashanah. Look back and forward with us!  Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Tisha b’Av: Descent for the Sake of Ascent

July 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join the TBE family for a moving commemoration of Tisha b’Av, traditionally the bleakest day of the Jewish year that is our entrance gate to the High Holy Days. As we recall the destruction of the Temple, exiles and sufferings throughout history, we become aware of our own inner walls and how far we’ve strayed from ourselves. Our descent is for the sake of ascent: with song and prayer, together we begin again the spiral journey back to ourselves, from darkness toward ultimate light. Tisha b’Av, begins at sundown and is an observance of individual…

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August 2017

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Va’etchanan – Shabbat Nachamu)

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

Join Rabbi David and our Band by the Sea for a musical welcome to the most special Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Comfort immediately following Tisha b'Av.  This Shabbat coincides with Parshat Va'etchanan, which includes the Shema, V'ahavta and Ten Commandments – the beating heart and living soul of our spiritual lives in all their depth and height. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community-led Shabbat with Capn Bob

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

It's summer.... Join us on Friday, August 11, when former Temple President Bob Berent leads the Sabbath service. Relax and enjoy this warm, intimate introduction to the Sabbath with us as we welcome the second Shabbat of August  (and the Shabbat just before our big "shindig" by the sea) with spirit and song. "Captain Bob" will keep us on key with his accordion. We'll talk about tomorrow's Parashat Eikev. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Shabbat by the Sea (Parshat Re’eh)

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home of Ken Binder and Steve Roth, 2 Bay Street
City Island, NY, NY 10464 United States
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Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David, Your Band by the Sea and the entire TBE family for our annual seaside summer extravaganza – Shabbat by the Sea, a highlight of the year. Sing, dance, pray and merge into the mid-summer sunset, then linger with friends into the night for a celebratory oneg. NOTE START TIME OF 7:00pm, reflecting the earlier sunset. Please plan far ahead for traffic and parking. We will meet in the backyard of Ken Binder and Steve Roth, 2 Bay Street, City Island, New York. IN CASE…

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Shabbat Morning in the Garden (New York Botanical Garden) (Re’eh)

August 19 @ 9:45 am - 12:15 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY United States
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Join Rabbi David for a Shabbat morning experience in the New York Botanical Garden in the lushness of summer. We will gather at 9:45am for an authentic journey of mindfulness, chant and reflection, mapping to the spirituality of a traditional Shabbat morning. Free to all. Participants must be inside the Main Gate of the Botanical Garden by 10:00am to avoid charge. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

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Stories of the Shofar: Heaven’s Wake-Up Calls

August 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join your TBE family as we welcome back from Jerusalem Rebbetzin Emuna Witt-Halevi, a maggid (spiritual story teller) in the tradition of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, to open hearts and souls to the holy month of Elul and the High Holy Day season of teshuvah. In Rebbetzin Emuna's words, come and help bring down the Torah you most need for this season of renewal. Suggested contribution: $10.  

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September 2017

Community-led Shabbat with Cap’n Bob

September 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:40 pm

Summer's winding down.... Join us on Friday, September 1, when former Temple President Bob Berent leads the Sabbath service. Relax and enjoy this warm, intimate introduction to the Sabbath with us as we welcome the first Shabbat of September  (and the second Shabbat of Elul) with spirit and song. "Captain Bob" will keep us on key with his accordion. We'll talk about Parashat Ki Tetzei. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Ki Tavo)

September 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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 welcome to Shabbat, in the home stretch before Rosh Hashanah.  Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community-led Shabbat with Cap’n Bob

September 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us on Friday, September 15th, when former Temple President Bob Berent leads the Sabbath service. Relax and enjoy this warm, intimate introduction to the Sabbath with us as we welcome the last Shabbat of Elul with spirit and song.  “Captain Bob” will keep us on key with his accordion. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community-led Shabbat with Capn Bob

September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 7:45 pm

  Tonight, at 7:30 pm, we will celebrate Shabbat accordionly (with Cap'n Bob in the lead). Bring your dancing shoes and voices as we usher in the last Shabbat of Elul and of 5777. And don't forget tomorrow eve's Selichot & Healing Service with Rabbi David  

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Selichot & Healing Service

September 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a soulful transition into the week of Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe. With music, contemplation and prayers for healing and forgiveness, we will journey deep within and rise high toward the calling of teshuvah to repair ourselves, our relationships, our communities and the world.

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Erev Rosh Hashanah

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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 5778 and the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe). Doors open at 6:00pm; services begin promptly at 6:30pm.  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.…

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Rosh Hashanah – Day 1

September 21 @ 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…

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Rosh Hashanah – Day 2

September 22 @ 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.…

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Shabbat Shuvah – Contemplative Shabbat of Light

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 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

September 29 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 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 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 is also the only time in which it is traditional to wear a tallit (prayer shawl) during the evening. We invite you to…

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Yom Kippur: Day of Holiness

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 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 Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement – the holiest day of the Jewish year. This year's Yom Kippur schedule will offer a full day of prayer and music at the synagogue, combined with a midday program of learning, gentle yoga and rest with creature comforts at the nearby Samuel Pell House.  The day will be paced comfortably, so please plan to spend the entire day with us.  Our Yom Kippur observances will conclude with…

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October 2017

Community-led Shabbat with Cap’n Bob

October 6 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

On Friday, October 6th, at 7:30 pm, we will celebrate Shabbat accordionly (with Cap'n Bob in the lead). Bring your dancing shoes and voices as we usher in the third Shabbat of Tishrei 5778. And don't forget Sunday eve's Potluck Dinner for Sukkot (from 6 to 8 pm). Our food coordinator for this event is Jodie Sadovsky,  jsad2trees@aol.com .  Please contact her regarding the food that you would like to bring.

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Sukkot Potluck Dinner

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

Join Rabbi Shohama and your TBE family for a celebratory potluck dinner in our chandelier-lit sukkah.  Pareve (vegetarian / fish) and milchig (dairy) foods welcome.  Our food coordinator for this event is Jodie Sadovsky,  jsad2trees@aol.com ,  please contact her regarding the food that you would like to bring. Dress for the weather and bring friends for a festive and fun evening.

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Shabbat & Simchat Torah (observed)

October 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David, Your Band by the Sea and special guest Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (the Velveteen Rabbi) for a musical welcome to the Shabbat coinciding with Simchat Torah. Bring your dancing shoes and plan to dance the spiral completion and renewal of Torah's ancient story made new among us.  Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community Led Shabbat with Cap’n Bob

October 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join us on Friday, October 20th -- 30 Tishrei -- when Cap'n Bob leads us in our Sabbath prayers. Our Friday evening prayerbook is by Marcia Prager, a leading rabbi of Jewish Renewal. Her  beautiful artwork inspirational English, transliterations and Kabbalistic teachings usher a welcoming, uplifting and nourishing Shabbat. And did I tell you that Bob keeps us all singing on key with his accordion? The above scene shows both rabbis and the congregation at Simchat Torah/Shabbat last Friday.

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