Temple Israel of Great Neck

Where Tradition Meets Change


World Wide Wrap 2016

Every year Temple Israel join thousands of Jews around the world to celebrate and teach the mitzvah of tefillin.  This year, once again, the Temple Israel Men's Club, led by Rabbi Daniel Schweber, Rabbi Amy Roth and Cantor Raphael Frieder joined Jews around the world to celebrate this mitzvah.  This event is sponsored by Temple Israel Men's Club.

Jewish Life on Campus: Engaging the Next Generation of Jews

Thursday, February 11, 8:15 PM in the Blue Room

Join us for "Jewish Life on Campus: Engaging the Next Generation of Jews" - A conversation with Rabbi Julie Roth, Executive Director of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University.  Rabbi Roth will share her perspective on the challenges and successes of working with Jewish college students, including: Navigating different views about Israel, supporting a range of observance and belief among Jewish students, and reaching the marginally affiliated. Sponsored by TILL.

New Strategic Planning Task Forces

You can play a role in shaping Temple Israel’s future...

Temple Israel’s Strategic Planning Committee invites you to join a Task Force to plan for the congregation’s future.  To join a Task Force and for additional information contact chairs:

Lynn Weitzman at 773-2814
Larry Greengrass at 466-6296

Click here for further details.


Beit Tefila Israeli at TIGN

Beit Tefila Israeli (BTI) is a non-Orthodox synagogue community led by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried and Cantor Atalya Levi.  BTI’s mission is to create, and sustain an indigenous Israeli Judaism relevant to non-Orthodox Israelis. 

On December 9, the fourth night of Hanukkah, Temple Israel of Great Neck was proud to host Beit Tefila Israeli so we could experience them firsthand.  We heard new arrangements to traditional prayers.  Many of these new arrangements were composed by Israeli composers.  We heard contemporary songs with prayerful words and modern and traditional prayers sung to popular tunes such as the Beatles.   Our spirits and minds were entertained and touched. 

Thank you to Bracha and Marty Werber and the Israel Affairs Committee for their generous support.  Thank you to Rebecca Friedman-Charry for coordinating the event.  Click here to see more.

Sovereignty and Identity

Monday, February 22 at 8:15 PM, Blue Room

What is the significance and necessity of the Jewish national enterprise?  How should a Jewish state exercise power?  Why should a Jew who lives in America care about Israel? Rabbi Stecker and Rabbi Schweber will facilitate several discussions based on the Hartman Institute’s controversial video series iEngage.  Together with the class we will challenge old assumptions and try to forge a new narrative about what Israel can be and should be in the 21st century. 

Jewish and Democratic State - Wednesday, March 16
Religious Pluralism and Human Rights - Monday, April 11

TILL Film Series

Sunday, March 6 at 7:00 PM in the Crystal Ballroom

TILL presents the next film in the series, Rashevski's Tango, a film about a French Jewish family in the 1990s, which depicts what life was like for Jews in Paris before the recent tragic events in the city.

Refreshments will be served. FREE OF CHARGE & ALL ARE WELCOME!

For further information about the series call 482-7800.

TIGN Religious School Celebrating Hanukkah
Start Your Day Off Right

You are cordially invited to come and join us for the weekday minyan:

Monday & Thursday at 6:45 AM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 7:00 AM
and on Sunday Mornings minyan is at 8:15 AM.  At the conclusion of Sunday minyan join us for coffee, tea, fresh bagels and cream cheese in the Blue Room (This is ongoing every Sunday except for Fast Days).

Welcome Back Summer BBQ

Temple Israel officially welcomes back the congregation back for the fall season at its annual barbeque, hosted by the officers and members of the Board of Trustees.  The BBQ is held in the Courtyard and gives members a chance to catch up with friends after a busy summer, over good food and conversation.  Click here to see this year's photos.

Beth HaGan Torah Science Fair

The annual Beth HaGan Science Torah Fair is always a spectacular event displaying creative artwork linked to topics studied in the Torah by our pre-schoolers.  Click here to view more photos.

The Temple Israel Players Auditions for "West Side Story"

The Temple Israel Players performance of "West Side Story" will be held on Saturday evening, April 9 and Sunday afternoon, April 10.  Questions? Contact Ron Klempner, Mark Putter, Carol Smolinsky, Lois Sazer or Eileen Putterman or call the Synagogue office.

Waxman High School and Youth House Geniza Day

The Waxman High School and Youth House holds a Geniza Day in the summer, marked by a number of teens, parents and a member of our clergy.  They sort through old religious books and objects, digg a huge hole and ceremoniously bury the sacred items outside the WaxmanYouth House.