Yom Rishon, 23 Shevat 5777

CornerstoneIn 1960, the cornerstone was laid for our home on Pinebrook Boulevard. In 1973, after thirty-six years as a brilliant leader of Temple Israel's growing congregation, Rabbi Shankman achieved Emeritus status, and Amiel Wohl became Senior Rabbi. Rabbi Wohl's humanitarian influence brought prominence, both in the greater Westchester community and the Reform Judaism movement. He organized Rabbi-Changingthe Israel Action Committee, memorialized the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the Holocaust, and drew attention to the plight of Jews in Russia. B'not Mitzvah (Bat Mitzvahs), Havdalah and Selichot services, and the modern pronunciation of Hebrew became part of Temple Israel's regular rituals. Weekly Sabbath and High Holy Day broadcasts over radio station WVOX-AM, under the direction of Rita Rosen, reached out to those who were unable to attend services. Within the larger community, Rabbi Wohl gained high marks for promoting understanding among diverse religious denominations and for advancing interracial cooperation.

Moving Torahs_OutHelene S. Reps was appointed cantor in 1980, continuing the tradition of providing inspiring musical presentation at Temple Israel. Upon her ascent to Cantor Emerita in 1997, Cantor Alane Katzew joined the clergy, introducing  contemporary musical compositions to blend with TINR's choral music tradition and initiating our transition to a participatory "Singing Congregation." In July of 2002, our current cantor, Erik L. Contzius, came to Temple Israel from Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, where he served as cantor and music director.

Moving Torahs_InIn July 2000, Michael Z. Cahana joined our clergy team as Senior Rabbi, and Amiel Wohl was elevated to Rabbi Emeritus. When the Cahana family moved to Portland, Oregon in 2006, Temple Israel introduced Evan Goodman as Senior Rabbi. During the following year, Beth Nichols, a graduate of the HUC Los Angeles campus, entered as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Religious Education. In 2009, we welcomed current Senior Rabbi Scott B. Weiner from Manhattan's Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation. Rabbi Nichols has recently been promoted to Associate Rabbi and Director of Congregational Learning, and Rebecca Elkus-Ferst has been hired to serve as Religious School Principal.

Purim 2017

Purim 2016

Saturday, March 11, 2017 • Erev Purim
7:30 pm    Purim Shpiel & Megillah Reading - “What’s My Megillah?”

Sunday, March 12, 2017 • Purim
11 am    Purim Family Service
11:30 am    Purim Carnival (open to children 5 and under)
12 pm    Purim Carnival (open to all)

We ask each Temple member to bring in a box of macaroni and cheese to  use as a grogger  during  all of  Temple Israel’s Purim services.
This food will then be donated to HOPE Community Services.

Purim is a holiday for laughter, costumes, noisemakers and giving treats. Mishloach Manot is the Purim Mitzvah of sending small gifts, usually of food, to friends, neighbors and the community.

Surprise your friends and family with Mishloach Manot gift bags. Each decorated package contains an assortment of Kosher candy and snacks, hamentaschen, and a grogger. Please also consider donating Mishloach Manot to the United Hebrew or Sarah Neuman Nursing Home.

Why should you purchase Mishloach Manot this year?
• It is a Mitzvah to gift baskets of food to family and friends.
• Mishloach Manot sales are an important fundraiser for Chavaya.

Click to order Mishloach Manot this year and support Temple Israel of New Rochelle by Friday, February 17th!

Coming Up


02.17.2017 - 02.20.2017


02.22.2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


02.23.2017 9:15 am - 11:00 am

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