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Laurie Thomas, who joined the teaching staff of Temple Israel’s early childhood program in 1999 and remained with us through the transformation to our full-time Kehillah School program, has served as Assistant Director sincelaurie September 2013. A well-respected, dedicated educator and devotee of our Temple schools, Laurie brings enthusiasm and a multitude of talents honed during her fourteen years of both early childhood teaching at TINR and responsibilities as Director of nearby Bayberry Camp.

Ordained as a chaplain in 2015 and then as a minister in 2016, Laurie pursues the study of Torah with our Senior Rabbi, adding deep spirituality to our values-based program. Active as a volunteer with religious affairs at Montefiore Children’s Hospital, Laurie ministers to the needs of hurting families and brings comfort to sick children. In the near future, she plans to work closely with other hospitals and families as well.

Twenty-four years ago, Laurie immigrated here from the “Nature Island” of Dominica in the Caribbean. In her words, “I first came in contact with Temple Israel in 1995. It was there and then that I cultivated my love for Judaism, which at this point is in every fiber of my being. It was there and then that I also experienced the power and love of the spirit of the community.” Her warmth, compassion, soulful perspective, and professionalism provide inspired leadership for our school.



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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