Worship With Us!

May 22 - 23, 2015


Candle Lighting for this Shabbat is at 7:55 pm.  Friday night service are at 8:30 pm.  

Nosh & Drash Torah Breakfast at Temple Israel:  Saturday, May 23.  Our drasher is Tova Samuels.
9:00 – 10:00 am Muffins & Mishna and Preliminary Service with Shacharit
10:00 – 11:00 am Light Kiddush breakfast & communal Torah Study
11:00 – 12:30 pm Torah Service and Musaf 


Friday, May 29, 2015 7:00 PM
Musical Shabbat
Sunday, May 31, 2015 3:00 PM
Beethoven Recital
Jonathan Taylor
All Welcome
Friday, June 5, 2015 8:30 PM
Shabbat Service
Saturday, June 6, 2015 11:00 AM
Tot Shabbat
Friday, June 12, 2015 7:00 PM
Musical Shabbat Family Service
Temple Israel Musicians accompanying Cantor Bromberg
Friday, June 19, 2015 8:30 PM
Musical Shabbat: Dr. Ralph Selig
Dr. Ralph Selig on organ accompanying Cantor Bromberg
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:30 PM
Summer Music Early Service
Summer Music Series Concert Begins

 This Week   




Beethoven Recital

May 31 at 3pm


Erev Shavuot: 

Saturday, May 23rd

(and Sunday; and Monday)

Brief service at 8:00 pm, followed by Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, the traditional late-night marathon study session.

Come learn what responsibilities corporations have to individuals and society, according to Jewish law, as rabbinic intern, Alexander Grodensky, expounds on his senior thesis for his summer ordination in Berlin. Then, discover what Rabbi Fine thinks really happened on the first Shavuot, the festival that marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, as he shares a selection from his forthcoming book, Passionate Centrism. Enjoy this preview to the rabbi’s 2015-16 Sunday Morning Lecture Series, which will be based on this text, due out in the fall from USCJ. 


Cheesecake, the “sweet taste of the milk of Torah,” and coffee, to keep everyone alert, are on the evening’s menu, as well.


Study with Cantor Bromberg: Seeking the Spirit Within Ritual



Classes meet on eight Sundays 

10:30 am to noon starting October 26.

Check calendar for dates.



How to become a liberal Europe rabbi
Russian rabbinical student, intern at Temple Israel in Ridgewood, tells his story

Jewish Standard

May 22, 2015

Alexander Grodensky with Rabbi David Fine

Thanks to Rabbi Fine for Reaching Out to Muslim Holocaust Scholar to Headline Interfaith Memorial Service at West Side Pres. Don't Miss It!

Jewish Standard

April 7, 2015

On "the Speech"

A look at Netanyahu, international politics, 

and Purim

Opinion, Rabbi Dr. David Fine

Jewish Standard

March 13, 2015

Town Tackles Decline in Civility

Upcoming meeting will explore ways to

raise the tone of public discourse

Jewish Standard

February 20, 2015

Why Jewish Education Matters
Rabbi Dr. David J. Fine

Jewish Standard Op-Ed 
February 4 2015

That dirty word ‘merger’ — and building a shared Jewish future

Rabbi Fine Opinion

Jewish Standard, December 5, 2014

From Assyria to Iberia

Israelites were part of the larger world, local Assyriologist says

Jewish Standard, November 28, 2014

Helen Fellowes

Surviving the Holocaust, living to 102

Jewish Standard, December 2, 2014

Ordination in Wroclaw

Two Ridgewood Rabbis, Dr. David J. Fine and Daniel Freelander, go to Polish ceremonies for German Seminary

News in the Jewish Standard, September 19, 2014

From the Rabbi's Study

Sergeant Bergdahl, President Obama and the Halakhah of Pidyon Shevuyim

As published in The Jewish Standard, June 12, 2014.

The controversy surrounding the prisoner exchange of Taliban terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a story that the Jewish people knows well.  

Rabbi Fine - Op-Ed

A resurgence of anti-Semitism in a different world 

The Jewish Standard

"This year, Passover was met with two terrible reminders that the dangers posed by anti-Semitism continue to haunt us."

One Book One Community

  Jewish Standard

On April 3, Ridgewood’s Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center will host the culminating event

Honoring Jose Serna 

 Jewish Standard

Mr. Serna is the Conservative congregation’s longest tenured staff member. Since 1989, he has set up for countless numbers of celebrations, High Holiday services and just about everything else that happens at the synagogue. But at Saturday’s Ways and Means Dinner, more 200 people came to the shul. This time, they were there to honor Mr. Serna. He had 11 family members on hand, and at least five flew in from his native Colombia just to be with him at the dinner.

Rabbi Fine on Gun Violence Prevention -

Jewish Standard

"And so, my synagogue and I are engaging the issue of gun prevention, and on the Shabbat morning of March 15 we will be learning about the problem, finding out what we can work towards to better our society, joining with other houses of worship across the country and across denominational and faith lines, and praying that we be blessed with peace under God’s protective wing."

Ridgewood High School graduate returns to hometown synagogue 

to urge young American Jews to tour West Bank, 

‘See for Themselves’ competing Israeli & Palestinian narratives 

 Jewish Standard

Adult Education 5775

Learning Opportunities 

at Temple Israel








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