Looking forward to this fun social event for the 30s-45ish crowd at Temple! Contact Dana Dickson at email@example.com with questions!
Our hearts are heavy with sadness and shock as we mourn the victims of the mass shooting that occurred during Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue yesterday. As a way of offering some comfort and support to this Jewish community, we are asking our Temple members to send messages of comfort and/or to make donations to the victims’ families (https://www.gofundme.com/tree-of-life-synagogue-shooting), the Tree of Life Synagogue (https://www.tolols.org/), or HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that provides assistance to refugees supported by the Tree of Life Synagogue, https://www.hias.org/).
Please send messages of comfort to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1st. You may also bring cards and messages to Family Shabbat on November 2nd. Jill and Rachele will package the messages and send them along with a care basket to the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, and community organizations that package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States, and around the world. Our Temple Social Action group is looking for 7-10 volunteers to participate as a team in food packaging on Thursday, September 27 (6-8 pm) at this organization’s West Des Moines food packaging center, located at 357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines. If interested, please contact Rachele at email@example.com or 515-419-5388 no later than September 25.
Congregations and faith communities have been invited to join GDM Habitat’s 2018 InterFaith Rock the Block event. This interfaith community event will focus on repairs, maintenance, weatherization, beautification, safety, and accessibility projects at owner-occupied homes of qualified residents of the King-Irving and Mondamin Presidential neighborhoods in Des Moines.
We need Temple volunteers!! Shifts are available from 8am-4pm or 8am-noon October Wednesday 10 through Saturday, October 13. Volunteer for one shift or as many shifts as you can! Experience is appreciated but not necessary; Habitat teaches unskilled volunteers!! A special note: Rabbi Kaufman will be leading the opening prayer for this event on October 10. If you can help, please contact Rachele at at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-419-5388 no later than October 1 for sign-up information.
Taste of Judaism is an opportunity to learn about the basics of Judaism. We will briefly discuss the different kinds of Judaism, how Jews pray, life cycle events in the Jewish tradition and Jewish holidays. The last day of class, we will look at the holiday of Chanukah in detail. Whether you are just beginning to learn or want a refresher, we hope you will join us.
Oct 4 — Streams of Judaism in Perspective
Oct 11 — Jewish Textual Traditions
Oct 18 — Worship and Prayer
Oct 25 — Holidays
Nov 8 — Life Cycles
Nov 15 — Chanukah
All classes are 7:00-8:30 pm You need not be interested in conversion to attend the sessions.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
7:00 p.m. S’Lichot Movie and Prayer Service
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre
Wednesday September 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. Morning Service/Youth Group Aliyah
12:00 p.m. Interlude I
2:00 p.m. Interlude II
3:00 p.m. Afternoon Torah Service
4:00 p.m. Healing Yizkor Ne’ilah Service
(Break the Fast Meal following the end of services)
PARKING will be available on the north side of Grand Avenue, between Polk Blvd. and 55th Street, in addition to the east side of Country Club Drive and the south side of Shriver. The Temple’s semi-circle drive will be reserved for handicapped parking and the parking lot north of the building is for use by those unable to walk further distances. Representatives from the Des Moines Police Department will be on hand for any security needs and for traffic assistance.
FOOD FOR DMARC – As you leave the Temple on Rosh Hashanah, you will be given a grocery sack; please use it to bring back non-perishable food items for the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry on or before Yom Kippur. There will be a tent set up on the Temple’s front lawn for your donations. See list of most needed items included in this month’s Bulletin.
Yizkor Memorial Booklet – Our Yizkor Memorial Booklet is a long-standing tradition, honoring the memory of departed relatives and friends. In order for it to be prepared and ready for distribution on Yom Kippur, just prior to Yizkor services, we will need the information no later than September 4.
Any name may be memorialized by request. Names which appear on the Temple’s Memorial tablets, as well as those congregants and relatives of congregants, who have died since last Yom Kippur will automatically be listed in the booklet. If you would like the names of your loved ones included, please fill out the Yizkor Booklet Form and return it to the Temple Office. If you have any questions, please call the Temple office at (515) 279-4679. If you wish to arrange a perpetual memorial you can purchase a plaque to be mounted in the Memorial Rooml. (Please note that we cannot promise delivery by the 2018 holidays.)
Ushers Needed – As you know, the decorum at our High Holy Day Services is dependent upon an adequate corps of ushers. Please indicate on the form below your availability to serve as an usher at one or more services. We encourage families to usher as a group. Your prompt response will enable us to make up the schedules for the High Holy Days. With your cooperation, our services will be conducted in a dignified and meaningful fashion. Please fill out our Ushering Form and to indicate your availability and return it to the Temple Office by Tuesday, September 4. If you have any questions, please contact the Temple office (phone: 274-4679 or email: email@example.com).
Babysitting – It is important to us that everyone who wants to attend services can. We would like to offer babysitting as a way to help you and your family be a part of this very special and important time of the year. However, we do need to plan. If you will need babysitting, please fill our the Babysitting Form and send it to the Temple office by September 4. If you have questions, contact the Temple office.