Yom Rishon, 23 Shevat 5777


Anita Aronoff, Executive Director, ext. 216, AnitaAronoff@tinr.org

Ellen Egan, Bookkeeper, ext. 217, EllenEgan@tinr.org
Ellen and her husband, Jack, joined Temple Israel in 1988. Her son, Sean and daughter, Sara were b'nai mitzvah and confirmed here and attended the Religious School from Kindergarten through Graduation. Ellen has worked in the Religious School Office since 1998 and enjoys working with the parents and watching the students grow up and mature into young adults.

Joyce Engel, Membership Coordinator, call reception at (914) 235-1800

Linda Eisenkraft, Clergy Administrative Assistant, ext. 211, LEisenkraft@TINR.ORG
Linda started Temple Israel of New Rochelle in March 2016, comes from a strong Jewish background. She has worked for Hillels of Westchester a division of Hillel International, the Foundation for Jewish life on Campus, for 7 years as an administrative assistant and still works there on a part time basis. She has taken many classes in Jewish studies including Hebrew, understanding the Siddur and various classes concerning the holidays. Linda lives in Scarsdale with her husband Gary and two children, Ben and Sam. Ben has just graduated Binghamton with a major in literature, Sam is attending Binghamton with a major in political science and religious studies.

Mary Ann DeRosa, Reception/Special Projects, ext. 210, maryannderosa@TINR.ORG

Orietta Schneider, Marketing Coordinator, ext. 215 OriettaSchneider@tinr.org
Orietta started at Temple Israel in 2010, coming from a graphic design background. She creates and distributes Temple Topics, the weekly e-blast, the weekly Shabbat leaflets, maintains the Web site along with all the Temple's Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr) and guides various other marketing projects that serve to give the congregants an informed and unified source of communication. Orietta lives in Putnam Valley with her husband Rich, and their children Kim and Peter. Kim attends Pratt Institute in Brooklyn majoring in Photography, and Peter attends Wentworth Institute in Boston majoring in Industrial Design.

Rebecca Elkus-Ferst, Chavaya Director, ext. 221, relkusferst@TINR.ORG
Temple Israel's Chavaya program, Religious School, is proud to be under the capable leadership of Rebecca Elkus-Ferst who began her work here in July 2012. Rebecca has developed the Chavaya program since its inception and worked alongside our clergy and team of Chavaya educators to ensure its relevance and accessibility in children’s lives. She is committed to working with staff, parents, and children to find unique and innovative ways to ignite passion for Jewish life and learning. Her experiences being a madricha (educator's assistant), working alongside her synagogue's B'nai Mitzvah tutor, participating in youth group and summers spent growing up at Tamarack Camp, lead to her desire to pursue a Master's degree in Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. While in graduate school Rebecca interned at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and assisted in the creation of the Coming of Age During the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now pilot program. She served as the Assistant Director of Education/Youth & Family Programming at Congregation Habonim in Manhattan following her graduation from JTS from 2009-2012. During this time she piloted the congregation's teen learning, social and social action program and developed curricular guides for the religious school. Rebecca is a past fellow of the Leadership Institute: Shaping Congregational Leaders and Learners. She is a current participant in the Matan Institute for Education Directors, working on a communal approach to helping children with special needs.Rebecca’s educational approach is rooted in her time spent as a participant in religious school and years in youth group and camp. Her goal is to provide a space where Jewish children connect with one another, their religion and the greater Jewish community. Rebecca attended college at Michigan State University and holds a BA in Journalism and a specialization in Jewish Studies. In between college and graduate school she spent a year studying in Israel. Rebecca has made her home in New Rochelle with her husband Judah and son Noah. Please contact Rebecca here to learn more about our Chavaya program.

Roslyn Conroy, Director of the Kehillah School for Early Learning, ext. 227, RoslynConroy@TINR.ORG

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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