Temple Israel of Great Neck

Where Tradition Meets Change


Passover Message and Prayer from Temple Israel of Great Neck

The clergy and leadership of Temple Israel want to wish you and your loved ones a sweet, joyous, meaningful Passover.
We pray that this Pesah holiday will help strengthen old bonds and create new ones with family and friends.
We pray that you will experience the feeling of freedom, the sense that you personally are in a better, more affirming, more real place than you used to be.
We pray for unity and respect among Jews of different backgrounds and perspectives.
We pray that the Jewish people - in the United States, in Israel and throughout the world - will be able to live with our neighbors in security and peace.
We pray that all human beings, regardless of identity or circumstance, will have the freedom to live authentically and to fulfill their God-given potential.
We pray for freedom and peace for all of God's children.

From our families to yours, we wish you Hag Sameah.

For your consideration as you prepare for the Seders, click here if you'd like to read a recent sermon by Rabbi Stecker called "The Wicked Child Asks the Best Question."  Click here to read thoughts by Rabbi Schweber entitled "When Do We Eat?  Having an Engaging Seder."

TILL Film Series presents "Gett"

Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 PM, Crystal Ballroom

The role of Viviane Amsalem is masterfully played by Ronit Elkabetz who also co-directed the film.  Ms. Elkabetz died on April 19, 2016 from cancer at the age of 51.  It is a big loss for the Israeli film world.  We will use Sunday's showing as an opportunity to pay tribute to Elkabetz's artistic talent and include a moment of silence.

An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial because of Israeli religious marriage laws.  In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband's full consent.

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

In Search of Theological Modesty: Biblical Lessons

Monday, May 2 at 8:15 PM in the Crystal Ballroom

Guest Speaker: William Liss-Levinson

Join us as we raise questions about how we view our own beliefs, examine issues of pluralism and openness to differing points of view and address the 21st Century challenges of intra and inter-religious understanding.  Sponsored by TILL.  Free Admission ~ All Are Welcome.

Yom Hashoah Remembrance Service

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 PM

Our Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service will be held in the Sanctuary and will feature Temple member, Edith Weinberger, who will reflect on her experience as a Holocaust survivor. This service has become a Temple Israel tradition for both young and old. Everyone is invited to attend!  The Yom HaShoah exhibit opens on Tuesday, May 3 in the Blue Room. Click here for details.

Men's Club Shabbat and Dinner

Friday, May 6 at 6:30 PM

The annual Men's Club Shabbat Service and Dinner will be held at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:30 PM featuring Robert Leventhal, Kehilla Leader Specialist at United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.  Dinner cost: $36/adult & $18/child (13 and under).  RSVP a MUST, please call Jennifer in the Synagogue office at 482-7800.

Annual Journal Dinner Dance 2016

Sunday, June 5

This year we will be honoring Cantor Raphael Frieder and his 25th anniversary with Temple Israel.  Please consider honoring Cantor Frieder and supporting Temple Israel by placing an ad in the journal and by attending the gala concert and dinner in his honor.  Click here to begin.


Fundraising Events You Don't Want to Miss

Learn to make Sushi!  Commemorate a joyous life cycle event by purchasing a leaf, pomegranate or stone on our Tree of Life or win a raffle for a vacation Mexico.  Click here for all the details.

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 Howard Stecker, 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.   Click here to see more.

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.

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.

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.