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December 2016

Community-led Shabbat with Cap’n Bob

December 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us this Friday, December 23rd, when former Temple President Bob Berent leads our Sabbath service. Relax and enjoy this warm, intimate introduction to the Sabbath with us as we welcome the last Shabbat of Kislev with spirit and song.  "Captain Bob" will keep us on key with his accordion. Celebratory oneg to follow. (That's me, by the way, looking for Hannukah Harry!)

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Chanukkah Lighting & Community Reception

December 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hawkins Park, 280 City Island Avenue
Bronx, NY United States
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Join Rabbi David, your shul family and area dignitaries for the ceremonial start of Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights.  We'll meet at Hawkins Park on City Island Avenue (mid-island, past the synagogue), or in case of inclement weather at Kaleidoscope Gallery (286 City Island Avenue) to celebrate bringing in the light. Dessert reception to follow at Kaleidoscope Gallery.

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Chanukkah Lighting

December 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hawkins Park, 280 City Island Avenue
Bronx, NY United States
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Join Rabbi David, your shul family and area dignitaries for the ceremonial start of Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights.  We'll meet at Hawkins Park on City Island Avenue (mid-island, past the synagogue), or in case of inclement weather at Kaleidoscope Gallery (286 City Island Avenue) to celebrate bringing in the light. Dessert reception to follow at Kaleidoscope Gallery.

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Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age (Session 2)

December 27, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David for this second session of a year-long adult education series entitled "Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age." This offering, co-sponsored by the Miller Program at American Jewish University, is suitable for all – longtime Jews deeply engaged in spiritual practice, Jews seeking to learn (or re-consider) the contours of Jewish identity, and non-Jews seeking to learn about Judaism or join the Jewish people. We meet on fourth Tuesdays of each month from November through June at 7:30pm. Cost…

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Kabbalat Shabbat & Chanukkah with Rabbi David (Miketz)

December 30, 2016 @ 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 celebratory welcome to the Shabbat of Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights. On this seventh night of Chanukkah, we honor the Torah portion of Pharaoh's dream of seven cows, a portend of the future to which Joseph, all of Egypt and all of Israel would dedicate their lives.  Come dedicate your life to the bright light of hope.  Celebratory oneg to follow.

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January 2017

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Vayigash)

January 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Avenue
City Islandm NY,
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Join Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a musical welcome to the first Shabbat of 2017. This week's Torah portion is the culmination of the Joseph story, the great "reveal" of Joseph's true identity and his reunion with his family, which sets the stage for the next chapter in Jewish and world spiritual history in Egypt. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Shohama and Rabbi David (Shemot)

January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Is. Aveniue
City Island, NY,
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Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a musical and uplifting welcome to Shabbat. This week's Torah portion turns the page into the Book of Exodus, Jewish enslavement, the rise of Moses, the Burning Bush, God's new Name (Ever Becoming) and the precursor to Israelite liberation. As for them, so for us. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Shabbat Morning with Rabbi David: The Burning Bush

January 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Rabbi David for a Shabbat morning service in honor of healing weekend.  Our Torah portion puts us with the Burning Bush to receive anew the Holy Name of transcendence and infinite becoming.  Kiddush to follow.

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Memorial Service and Luncheon for Carl Gold z”l

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The TBE family gathers to honor the life and memory of Carl Gold z"l, beloved husband of Barbara Gold. Memorial luncheon to follow. Please RSVP by January 15 to barbarahgold (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age (Session 3)

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

Join Rabbi David for this third session of a year-long adult education series entitled "Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age." This offering is co-sponsored by the Miller Program at American Jewish University. Open to existing participants only.

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Community led Shabbat with Monty

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 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 Holocaust Remembrance Day. 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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February 2017

Community-led Shabbat with Cap’n Bob (Parashat Bo)

February 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us on Friday, February 3rd, 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 Shevat with spirit and song.  "Captain Bob" will keep us on key with his accordion. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Kabbalat Shabbat & Tu B’Shevat Seder

February 10 @ 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 special Kabbalat Shabbat coinciding with Tu B'shevat – mystical New Year for the Trees, spiritual precursor to spring, and our commitment to steward our living planet. Join us for a Tu B'shevat seder enfolded into Kabbalat Shabbat and feel the sap of spring and liberation rise within.

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Tu B’shevat Seder & Havdalah (RSVP Required)

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Rabbi David and your TBE Family for a mystical seder in honor of Tu B'shevat – mystical new year for the trees, precursor to spring, rebooting our commitment to steward the planet. Ritually we'll shed our outer shells to feel the sap rise within. Advance RSVP required by email to yourshulbythesea@gmail.com.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Shohama and Rabbi David (Mishpatim)

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join your clergy and your Band by the Sea for a musical and uplifting welcome to Shabbat. This week's Torah portion, the first after the great Ten Commandments experience at Sinai, begins laying out the laws and customs of Jewish communal life, balancing individual and collective, history and modernity. Join us as we strike that balance anew. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Seeking and Spirit: Re-introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age (Session 4)

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

Join Rabbi David for this fourth session of a year-long adult education series entitled "Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age." This offering is co-sponsored by the Miller Program at American Jewish University. Open to existing participants only.

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March 2017

Potluck Dinner: Shabbat Across America

March 3 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join us for a pre-Shabbat potluck dinner coinciding with Shabbat Across America, as we bring in Shabbat with intention to open our doors, and our hearts, to people everywhere. Our dinner will flow into our celebratory kabbalat shabbat in honor of Women's Herstory Month. RSVP required for potluck dinner by email: yourshulbythesea@gmail.com.

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Women’s Herstory Shabbat with Rabbi Shohama & Rabbi David

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a musical and uplifting welcome coinciding with Women's Herstory Month and a celebration of women in spiritual life. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Community-led Shabbat with Cap’n Bob

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

He's baaaack.... Join us on Friday, February 10th, 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 Adar with spirit and song. "Captain Bob" will keep us on key with his accordion. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Purim Party @TBE and The Black Whale

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join your TBE family for an evening of light and fun-filed antics in honor of Purim, our holiday of upside-down spiritual delight. Come in costume for Purim antics at synagogue, followed by a dinner at the nearby Black Whale restaurant on City Island. All dinner participants must RSVP and pre-pay $30 for prix fix dinner. RSVP by email to yourshulbythesea@gmail.com

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Vayakhel)

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

Join Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a musical welcome to the first Shabbat of spring.  This week's Torah portion (Vayakhel) reminds of the call of Shabbat rest and the duty for each and every person to support holy community with the works of their hands. We'll honor both impulses on this Shabbat before our gala dinner dance. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age (Session 5)

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

Join Rabbi David for this fifth session of a year-long adult education series entitled "Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age." This offering is co-sponsored by the Miller Program at American Jewish University. Open to existing participants only.

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April 2017

Shabbat Morning with Rabbi David (Vayikra)

April 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Rabbi David for Shabbat morning davvenen (prayer) in the style of Jewish Renewal as we open the Book of Vayikra (Leviticus) and link ancient past to present and future. Traditional oneg to follow.

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Gala Dinner Dance & Celebration

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Pelham & Split Rock Golf Courses Reception Hall, 870 Shore Road
Bronx, NY United States
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Temple Beth El of City Island celebrates its 83nd anniversary with a gala dinner dance and celebration at the elegant Pelham Split Rock Golf Courses. Check back here for this year's honorees and charitable opportunities to support joyful Judaism in coastal New York. Thank you for celebrating, supporting and enlivening Your Shul by the Sea.

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Passover Community Seder

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and your Temple Beth El family for a community Passover seder on the second night of Passover -- Tuesday, April 11, 2017. With song and imagery, we'll honor the four promises of liberation of ancient days and today. Seats are limited so please RSVP below. Our Seder is Congenial and Glatt Kosher. A traditional chicken dinner (or vegetarian dinner) with all the trimmings -- from soup to nuts -- is $59 for adult members, $69 for guests, and $29…

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Shabbat Evening with Rabbi Shohama & Rabbi David (Chol HaMoed Pesach)

April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a special musical welcome to the Shabbat coinciding with Passover. We'll honor the Crossing of the Sea and the passionate love depicted in the Song of Songs. Celebratory oneg for Passover to follow.

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Community-led Shabbat with Capn Bob

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

He's baaaack.... Join us on Friday, April 21, 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 fourth Shabbat of Nisan with spirit and song. "Captain Bob" will keep us on key with his accordion. We'll talk about tomorrow's stroll through The Garden and Parashat Shemini. Celebratory oneg to follow.

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Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age (Session 6)

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave.
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Join Rabbi David for this sixth session of a year-long adult education series entitled "Seeking and Spirit: Re-Introducing Judaism for the Renewal Age." This offering is co-sponsored by the Miller Program at American Jewish University. Open to existing participants only.

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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi David (Israel Tribute)

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Rabbi David and Your Band by the Sea for a spirited welcome to Shabbat themed to this weekend of Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. We'll honor the Israel of history, the Israel of hope, and the complex modern Israel of pride and longing. Celebratory Israel-themed oneg to follow.

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Shabbat Morning in the Garden (New York Botanical Garden) (Tazria-Metzora)

April 29 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 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 at the heart of spring. We will begin gathering 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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