Engage

Adults on the Move

Embark on day-trips in the Metro New York area and build community with other adults from within Temple Israel Center and the broader community. Day trips last about five or six hours and often include a kosher lunch, coach bus transportation, a docent-led tour or conversation related to the day’s adventure.

Previous trips have included visits to The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, The Museum of Jewish Heritage (NYC), Temple Emmanuel (NYC), The Jacob Burns Film Center’s Jewish Film Festival (Pleasantville), The Hudson River Museum (Yonkers), and The Jewish Museum (NYC).

For more information, please contact the synagogue office at (914) 948-2800.

Backyard Shabbat & Shabbat Afternoon Café

Enjoy Shabbat afternoon with friends throughout the year with food, fun, and schmoozing. Outstanding educators provide brief words of Torah. No RSVP necessary. Family friendly and all are welcome.

Backyard Shabbat

Spend those long summer afternoons at Backyard Shabbat! All are invited for a casual afternoon of mingling in a neighborhood backyard along with a light dairy supper, and a brief text study or song. Upcoming dates will be announced soon.

Shabbat Afternoon Café

During the winter months, join us after kiddush for an intergenerational Shabbat Afternoon Café featuring indoor games in the TIC gym, board games for adults and kids, socializing, learning, and light refreshments.

Upcoming date:
March 14, 12:45 pm – 4 pm

Eat Pray Learn

Join us in the fall/winter for Friday night Shabbat dinner followed by a book talk by a local author who will share their recent publication. Authors speak for about 35 minutes followed by a Q&A session. Books are often available for pre-sale. Supervised activities are available for children during the book talk. This program is presented in collaboration with the JCC of Mid-Westchester’s Books on Tour.

 

Inclusion Committee

Temple Israel Center is one of the few synagogues nation-wide to engage a Director of Inclusion. We believe that inclusion should be woven into the fabric of everything we do, and so aspire to make every individual and family in our community feel welcomed to participate fully in all aspects of synagogue life. In addition to supporting learners and youth and Shabbat programming, we work throughout our community to build an inclusive environment for all. We focus on:

  • Disability and Mental Health Awareness – Through programming and speakers, we continually reflect and change what we do in order to best meet the needs of our community. To date, we have implemented the following:
    • Copies of Rabbi Tucker’s sermon are available weekly for those who need to follow along visually
    • Large print siddurim, magnifying sheets and magnifying glasses
    • Listening devices in our Sanctuary
    • Ear plugs for those in need
    • Music stands to hold siddurim and mahzorim (available upon request)
    • Preferred seating for those using wheelchairs and walkers
    • Board games available at Kiddush for those who need more structure to their time spent there
    • Calm Zone areas for all of our communal events
  • LGBTQ Inclusivity –In conjunction with leadership training from Keshet, we:
    • Have two all gender single stall bathrooms
    • Will soon have the option for gender neutral aliyot
    • Have trained staff and board members  on key issues
  • Synagogue Accessibility – Annually this sub-committee explores the synagogues accessibility in terms of physical plant, written materials, signage, welcoming and website and provide a report to executive committee for review.
  • Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs (up to age 17) – This group meets monthly to learn from each other and network.
  • Food accessibility – Work with TIC catering and facilities to ensure that we are allergy aware and responsive to the community’s needs.

The work of inclusion is never complete as everyone’s needs are different.  To share with us your access needs and or to join the inclusion committee, please contact Director of Inclusion, Michelle Steinhart at 914-948-2800 x145.

Parents of Children with Special Needs

Connect with parents of children with special needs (up to age 17) to learn from each other and socialize. Focused topics of discussion are based on the interests of the group. Previous discussion topics include changes in routine, siblings, vacations, and advocating for your child. Meetings are once a month and alternate between morning and evening.

To join our mailing list or learn more, please contact Director of Inclusion Michelle Steinhart at 914-948-2800 x 145.

PTO Groups

Nursery School PTO

Our active Nursery School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) sponsors a variety of community building events throughout the year, including end of summer cocktail party, back-to-school playdate, PTO breakfast, Hanukkah party, Purim carnival, and book fair. In addition, Nursery School PTO dues help provide hesed meals in times of need whether happy or sad, challah for classroom Shabbat celebrations, and appreciation gifts for teachers. We welcome your involvement!

For more information, please contact Nursery School Director Susan Rosenbaum at 914-948-2800 x126.

Shorashim Advisory Board

This advisory group brings Shorashim parents together with the goal of enhancing the experience of children and families within the school and the synagogue community. Serving as a sounding board and as liaisons, the Shorashim Advisory Board volunteers for specific projects and initiatives throughout the year, such as the popular book fair. In addition to working towards broader community goals, we also strive to deepen connections within our micro-community with whom we share the journey of Jewish learning and living.

For more information, please contact Director of Learning and Engagement Mara Braunfeld at 914-948-2800 x 122.

Sisterhood & Brotherhood

Sisterhood builds community through social, intellectual and spiritual activities. Women of all ages and stages in life are welcome. Our book club meets monthly and mah jongg games happen weekly. We also have special programs including Torah Fund Dinner, Sisterhood Shabbat and social and educational programs such as movie night, self defense for women and first aid education. Supporting important areas of synagogue life is a core value of Sisterhood, including offering meals to the synagogue’s bereaved families and gifts for B’nei Mitzvah. Supporting JTS’  Torah Fund, ensuring Conservative/Masorti Jewish education, is also a key initiative.

Brotherhood inspires men of all ages to be more involved in synagogue life. Brotherhood  sponsors important community programs, such as the blood drive, the World Wide Wrap, distributing memorial candles for Yom Hashoah, and a Veteran’s Day commemoration. An active softball team draws congregants of all ages. As proud participants of the Hudson Valley Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, Brotherhood recognizes the hard work of TIC’s volunteers by honoring a “Man of the Year” and a “Youth of the Year.”

For more information about Sisterhood or Brotherhood, please contact the synagogue office at 914-948-2800.

Young Couples @ TIC

Meet and mingle with other Temple Israel Center young couples and leave the kids at home! Strengthen existing friendships and meet new people. Past events have included Sushi in the Sukkah and Latke Ball. Young Couples @ TIC often partners with other groups such as the Nursery School and Havurah Minyan, expanding the pool of people you’ll meet.

New and prospective members are welcome!

For more information, please contact the synagogue office at 914-948-2800.

Youth Groups

Building relationships and joyful, Jewish memories that last a lifetime:

  • Halutzim (Grades K-2) – Make friends and transform your understanding of synagogue! Past Halutzim activities have included an animal safari, a beach party in the middle of the winter, fun competitions, craft & game manias, and MORE!
  • Ruah (Grades 3-5) – Deepen connections to friends and synagogue life when you go places with Ruah! Past events include Bounce, Fun Fuzion, Movie Nights, Sportstime, and more!
  • Kadimah (Grades 6-8) – Climb the cliffs of Valhalla, chase your friends in laser tag, or stay up all night on Shavuot.  Kadimah is about having fun and living your own Jewish life!
  • USY (Grades 9-12) – Volunteer, give back, make new friends and live Judaism your way! USY provides leadership opportunities to shape synagogue life for teens and the entire community.

For more information, please contact Assistant Director of Shorashim Arielle Richman at 914-948-2800 x 154.