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April 2019

Passover Seder: Earth Day & Global Eco-Liberation

April 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Ave
Bronx, NY 10464 United States
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Join Rabbi David for a musical, mystical, memorable and transformational community Passover seder of liberation.  With traditional songs, modern technology and a new caterer, we’ll make the exodus from bondage to liberation alive within and among us. This year's seder features two special additions.  Our seder coincides with Earth Day, which invites us to liberate our whole planet and her natural heritage. And our seder will incorporate a whole cast of spiritual characters, with chiddushim(new approaches) birthed by our own TBE members. Space is…

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June 2019

Shavuot Kickoff – Potluck Dinner, Musical Havdalah, Evening Delights with Rabbi David and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

June 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Home of Mariko Gordon, 654 King Avenue
City Island, New York 10464
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Join Rabbi David and guest teacher Rabbi Rachel Barenblat to kick off Shavuot with a holiday potluck dinner (fish, dairy or vegetarian only), wine and cheesecake, Festival Kiddush and Havdalah, then early evening delights for the holiday. We'll gather at the home of Mariko Gordon (654 King Avenue, City Island). RSVP required by email ([email protected]).

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Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Overnight Spiritual Immersion with Rabbi David & Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 pm - June 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am
Home of Mariko Gordon, 654 King Avenue
City Island, New York 10464
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Join Rabbi David and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat for overnight Shavuot spiritual immersion. In the ancient mystical tradition, we'll journey deep into the night with Torah, kabbalah, poetry, music, chanting, sound therapy, embodied practice and other tools for opening body, heart, mind and spirit. Our overnight will lead into morning spiritual practice outdoors on Long Island Sound (weather permitting) -- then Shavuot Day prayer, celebration, Kabbalat Torah (Receiving Torah anew), Yizkor and potluck lunch. Open to all who commit to spend…

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August 2019

Tisha b’Av – Day of Depth, Uplift into the Season of Meaning

August 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of City Island, 480 City Island Avenue + Google Map

Join Rabbi David for Tisha b'Av, the Jewish spiritual calendar's day of deepest depth. We convene during the day, rather than at night, intending to harness the day's updraft into the seven-week journey to Rosh Hashanah that now begins. Honoring the solemnity of Tisha b'Av, many will embrace traditions of mourning – such as wearing black, removing shoes, and refraining from affirmations of routine life (food, bathing, sex, etc.). Whatever your traditions, thank you for honoring the "feel" of this…

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September 2019

Selichot – Dessert Reception, Social Justice Havdalah & Musical Journey of the Soul

September 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi David and the Band for a dessert reception, social justice havdalah and then a musical Selichot service of depth and height as we prepare for the High Holy Days. Please bring medical supplies for Cuba.  For a list of especially needed materials, click here.

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Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780

September 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 and the Yamim Nora'im (Days of Awe) for the year 5780. Doors open at 5:30pm; services begin promptly at 6:00pm. 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…

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Rosh Hashanah – Day 1

September 30, 2019 @ 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 use the spaces closest to the…

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October 2019

Rosh Hashanah – Day 2

October 1, 2019 @ 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. All services are free and…

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Kol Nidre

October 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join Rabbi Shohama, Rabbi David and the 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 also is the only evening in which it is traditional to wear a tallit (prayer shawl). We invite you to join us in…

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Yom Kippur – Day of Holiness

October 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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. Yom Kippur will offer prayer and music at shul, combined with midday mystical learning, sound healing, gentle yoga and rest with creature comforts at the nearby seaside home of Mariko Gordon on City Island. The day will be paced comfortably, so plan to spend the day with us. Yom Kippur will conclude with traditional Neilah, Havdalah and catered Break Fast. Our…

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Sukkot Gathering & Potluck Dinner (RSVP required)

October 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. Shohama, R. David and the TBE community as we kick off the Festival of Sukkot, Season of our Joy (zman simchateinu) with a potluck dinner in our Sukkah – chandeliers and all!

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Sukkah Potluck Dinner, Party and Music Jam at Rabbi David’s (RSVP required; TBE members only)

October 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rabbi David’s Home, 39 Holbrook Lane
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 United States
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Join Rabbi David for this second annual Sukkot potluck dinner and party at his home in Westchester. RSVP required by email ([email protected]). Event for TBE members only.

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Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

October 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

We end, and we begin. Join R. Shohama, R. David and the Band for this spiral ending-beginning of our Torah year. We'll spiral-dance the hakafot (circuits) of our soul journey (bring your dancing shoes!), receive Torah's blessings, and begin our timeless journey again. One last oneg in the Sukkah.

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February 2020

Tu B’Shevat “Wine and Cheese” Seder: Mystical Mid-Winter Journey of Spring

February 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map
$15

Join R. David and the mystics for this year's Tu B'shevat seder to summon the earth's renewal we call spring. As sap lifts trees to new life, we will lift through Four Worlds, shedding layers to reveal new growth. Selections of quality wine and organic cheeses to be served.

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March 2020

TABOO! PurimFest 2020

March 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of C.I., 480 City Island Ave. + Google Map

Join R. David (who won't be R. David) and a veritable cast of characters for a super-fun Purim of hijinks, lowbrow, highbrow, hiddenness and revelation. Dress up as your favorite taboo, shed inhibition (we have ways of helping!) and prepare for the unexpected.

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April 2020

Shabbat Shirah: The Passover Shabbat of Song and Liberation

April 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join R. David and the Band for Shabbat Shirah – the Passover Shabbat of liberation at the Sea. Celebratory Passover-themed oneg to follow.

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April 2021

Kabbalat Shabbat – Fifth Friday -UPDATED INFO

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Fifth Friday Kabbalat Shabbat:  as you know, we have been experimenting when we hit that fifth Friday of the month.   OUR OUTDOOR LAG B'OMER/KABBALAT SHABBAT AT JODIE & PHILLIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO GALE FORCE WINDS. We will see you in zoom-shul at the regular 7:30 time. https://zoom.us/j/629569195?pwd=QWVPMFVzOVFSeVJlV3psbys5dU5rdz09 Meeting ID: 629 569 195  •  Code: 175471  

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May 2021

Erev Shavuot with Rabbi David

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 11:59 pm

Shavuot, including Yizkor, will be observed on Sunday night, May 16, at 7:30.  It will be a wonderful evening, where we join with other congregations to stay up late, drink wine, eat cheesecake, and receive Torah at the foot of Mount Sinai. https://zoom.us/j/317145140?pwd=eWIyZzlCbm9nSm4xb1lUNUtkWlJqQT09  

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July 2021

Tisha b’Av – Day of Depth, Uplift into the Season of Meaning

July 17 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Rabbi David for Tisha b'Av, the Jewish spiritual calendar's day of deepest depth. We intend to harness the updraft into the seven-week journey to Rosh Hashanah that now begins. Honoring the solemnity of Tisha b'Av, many will embrace traditions of mourning – such as wearing black, removing shoes, and refraining from affirmations of routine life (food, bathing, sex, etc.). Whatever your traditions, thank you for honoring the "feel" of this special day of depth. https://zoom.us/j/801261043?pwd=SHowL0NMTzNyRTBYY0VycysrdmhLdz09 Meeting ID: 801 261…

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