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Bereavement – Quite Support
The Bereavement Committee of our Temple family has been quietly providing support for members that lose a loved one.
After a call from the Temple office notifying the committee that someone has passed away, our caring wheels are put in motion. We offer a light, dairy condolence meal, prepared delivered, and served by committee volunteers. Almost everything that is necessary is brought to the home within as little as 24 hours notice. While the family is attending the funeral services, members of the bereavement committee are in the home of the grieving family getting ready for their return from the cemetery. We serve the food and leave the house as we found it. Whether or not a meal is requested, a personal card is sent to the bereaved member, expressing sympathy from our Temple Emanuel family.
Our congregation is proud to be a caring community. The Bereavement Committee provides sensitive care at a difficult time.
Other related support is also available, such as information about the plan available to Temple members for funeral arrangements, conducting Shiva services and other necessary, pertinent information. If you need information of this kind, call the Temple office, 301-942-2000.
Contracts Renewed by Jewish Funeral Practices Committee
The Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington has renewed its contracts on behalf of area congregations, which includes Temple Emanuel, with Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home in Silver Spring MD and Jefferson Funeral Chapel in Alexandria VA. Both companies have built special facilities for the needs of all Jewish funerals.
The Hines-Rinaldi renewal is for the period 7/1/04 through 6/30/06. The Committee has annual cost-of-living renewal options for the succeeding five years. The package price, including casket and services at a synagogue, gravesite, or the Hines-Rinaldi chapel, will be $1570, the same as it has been. As before, it also includes a gravesite at their affiliated cemetery, Menorah Gardens, in Rockville, if desired. Standard Jewish funeral goods and services are also included. Hines-Rinaldi has raised the price of some options, primarily the use of limousines.
Our contracts provide the community with quality funerals that uphold Jewish values: honor and privacy of the deceased, simplicity and equality in death, protection of the bereaved from exploitation, and facilitation of the Jewish rituals that each congregation considers to be appropriate. Our contract prices are public, thus setting the standard for Jewish funeral prices in the area and benefiting even those who don’t use our contracts. Use of our contracts since 1987 has saved the community more than 10 million dollars and some other funeral homes seem to be lowering their prices to compete with Hines-Rinaldi but be alert to all their hidden costs if you deal with them.
Please visit http://www.jewish-funerals.org/contracthines.htm for further details.
–A. Fred Starobin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did you know that, in addition to religious school, there is a youth group for Temple Emanuel children and families in grades K-3?
Kesty AlefBet is a parent-led group that engages students and parents in grades K-3 to foster friendships, reinforce Jewish identity and build strong grade-level cohorts of connected families. With the guidance of Temple staff and clergy, Kesty AlefBet offers experiential learning, social action, and other informal activities. Recent activities have included Rosh Hashanah apple picking, Havdalah pajama parties, and cookie baking for So-Others-May-Eat (SOME).
Please contact Maggie Bolstad at email@example.com for more information.
Do you and your children like to sing, play instruments, and hear a story? Come join us!
Little ones and families welcome Shabbat with songs and stories in an engaging ½ hour service, led by Cantor Lindsay Kanter, appropriate for newborns through 6 year olds. We will play instruments, march with the Torah, learn songs and share important Shabbat time with a group of dynamic young families. Both Members and non-members are welcome.
Tot Shabbat services are either at 6:00pm on Friday evenings followed by a family dinner, or 9:00am on Saturday mornings followed by a kiddush brunch.
Following is the 2019-2020 Schedule:
Dates subject to change
Friday, September 20 at 6:00pm
Saturday, October 19 at 9:00am
Friday, November 8 at 6:00pm
Saturday, December 21 at 9:00am
Friday, January 17 at 6:00pm
Saturday, February 15 at 9:00am
Friday, March 20 at 6:00pm
Saturday, April 18 at 9:00am
Friday, May 15 at 6:00pm
Friday, June 12 at 6:00pm
Please make a reservation if you plan to stay for the dinner/brunch. Contact the Temple office at 301-942-2000 or RSVP@templeemanuelmd.org.
Temple Emanuel offers the Post Confirmation students ways to earn credits towards graduation at the end of Temple Emanuel’s High School.
The points system is designated to afford each student the choice of selecting from a list of approved activities over a two year period that will lead to graduation. Total points needed for graduation- 36 over two years.
Participants must choose from at least two categories, one must be from either A or B category
A. Academic activities – 10 points
- Participation in the four annual meetings with the clergy or the director of education
- Aiding in the Religious school for two years
- Taking a Jewish study course online or in person in any college or university
- Approved independent study with the Director of Education
B. Extra Curricular activities – 10 points
- Active participation in the Temple’s Youth Group activity (at least 50%)
- Active participation in Regional or National NFTY events
- Active participation in non- temple Jewish youth groups like Habonim
- Leadership role in organizing Jewish theme activities in the local High school
C. Cultural activities – 3 points
- Attending a Jewish theme movie, play or concert
D. Tzedakah Activities – 2 points
- Participating in a community sponsored tzedaka projects such as SOME
- Working on Tikkun Olum activities through different organizations, such as the local High School or a different Youth group
- Initiating a personal tzedaka project and verifying its on-going activity
A Certificate of Completion will be issued and the Director of Education will help in obtaining teaching appointments in Religious schools across the country for the graduating students.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT VARY RECIPE OR ADD EXTRA INGREDIENTS
Brown hamburger and onion together. Drain fat. Salt & pepper to taste.
Make 12 servings mashed potatoes.
Cook frozen vegetables and add to meat.
Place in a disposable casserole pan approximately 9x13x2. Spread potatoes evenly over the top.
Cover with foil and freeze.
Cooking for SOME at Christmas
Thanks to all who volunteer to cook and/or serve at SOME for Christmas Day! The people at SOME are great to work with and very appreciative of our help. Thanks so much for your continued support of this worthwhile Christmas Day project.
Throughout the year, we also participate in the SOME Provide-a-Meal program, which feeds homeless and poor people in the Greater Washington, DC area.
Four times per year we prepare 38 Shepherd’s pies to delivery to SOME. Each casserole feeds 10 – 12 people — that’s between 380 – 456 men, women & children!
- WE supply the casserole pans
- WE supply the recipe
- WE supply the freezer
- WE supply the delivery to SOME
- YOU pick the most convenient time to cook
NOTE: Making lunches for homeless people through Temple Emanuel is an accepted volunteer activity which qulaifies for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours — get your children to help you and they’ll benefit too!
For more details, or to volunteer, please contact Fran Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music at Temple Emanuel
At Temple Emanuel we value the contributions of music and art to our worship services and to our congregational lives. For more information or to join one of our choirs or our band, please contact Cantor Lindsay.
OUR JUNIOR AND TEEN CHOIRS: Beginning in the Third Grade, our Junior Choir helps lead services on occasion and participates in community choirs and events. Most do not read music, but they sing lively music, often in two and three part, and are beloved by the congregation for their spirit and enthusiasm. For more information about joining the Junior Choir or Teen Choir, please contact Cantor Lindsay.
KOL ZIMRAH ADULT CHOIR: Our very talented and active adult choir shares their love of music and of prayer during one Friday Shabbat service every month, and they perform in various community concerts throughout the year. Kol Zimrah rehearses every Tuesday evening, though flexible family and work schedules are always accommodated. Music reading is a bonus, but not at all essential – we still sing exciting and complicated music, and most of all have a wonderfully fun time. Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Contact Cantor Lindsay for more information.
TEMPLE EMANUEL BAND: Our ensemble of musicians including electric bass, piano, guitars and drums adds ruach and energy to our Shabbat Worship. The nights they join us are called “Mizmor L’Shabbat” (Psalms for Shabbat). Our home-grown band of temple members enhance our music and sense of community when they share the bimah, leading many times during the year. If you’d like to be a part of the ensemble, let Cantor Lindsay know, or just come and enjoy their energy and love of worship!
Art in HaMakom
Throughout the year, we display the work of local artists, photographers, and craftspeople on the walls of HaMakom. The artists and photographers come to us through recommendations and suggestions. It is a pleasure to go into the room and not know what to expect and then voila, a beautiful environment.
If you know of artists or photographers, please ask if they are willing to share their work. We are always open to suggestions and recommendations. The types of work can vary in form: needlework, quilts, ketubot, metal work, and other media.
For questions, or to suggest an artist, contact Sue Rudo, 301-598-1153.