- Message from President Faye Schulz
- Message from Jennie Bunde
- High Holiday Schedule 5783 / 2022
- Shabbat Services Schedule
- News and Events
- Mazel Tov, Toda Raba, Mi Shebeirach, and Farewells
- Save the Date
- 2022 / 5783 Festival Schedule
- Updates, Donation Info, and Links
A few years ago when I was flying somewhere on vacation, a family with young children got on the plane. The children were both wearing masks and I wondered, “What horrible disease do they have?” Would I wonder that today? Of course not. Wearing masks to prevent the spread of infection has become normalized. So many things have changed.
When our synagogue was built in the 1950s, we didn’t worry about strangers entering the building with a mission to murder. Now, we have to be prepared. We have made several changes that you may have noticed. The parking lot door has a key pad. In addition to unlocking the door, you need to know the code to get in the door. After you are inside, the door automatically locks behind you. We are planning to add a camera, so that we can know who wishes to enter.
We now have two “safe” rooms within the building. The storage room to the right of the stage and the rabbi’s study. Each has a strong door and a lock that you can slide.
We have taken out the bushes all around the Temple so that no one can hide in the shrubs. We and will put in more modern plantings. Changes around the Temple will be made to make us comfortable and safe. We hope that the precautions will not be intrusive to our sense of community or our space of peaceful worship.
Years ago in 1962, I had my Bas Mitzvah at Congregation Habonim on the South Side of Chicago. I led part of the service and read the Haftorah of the week. I had a record to help me learn my portion. Now, if you would like to hear a Torah or Haftorah portion, you could just search for it on YouTube and it would provide several different versions. In 1962, you had to be in the building to see me. Now, with Zoom, you might be thousands of miles away and still participate. This year, 2022, is the 60th anniversary of my Bas Mitzvah. I hope to have a Bat Mitzvah and read from the Torah on December 2, 2022. I hope you’ll join me in person or on Zoom.
In closing, I will quote one of my favorite passages from our Siddur.
“Pray as if everything depended on G-d.
Act as if everything depended on you.”
May this year be filled with good health, sweetness and joy.
Shalom, everyone. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to define my role as rabbi within our congregation. It’s still a work in progress, and something that I think will evolve over time.
For now, I thought I’d present to you some thoughts as to what I am – and what I’m not – as Temple Sholom’s rabbi.
What I’m not is an authority – this is Temple Sholom! We’re a community that rules by consensus, that works together to come up with solutions that fit everyone. I’m not here to change that. What I am is a member of the Galesburg community. And I take my civic responsibilities very seriously. That means that, as a resident of Galesburg, I vote, I’ll write letters to elected officials, and sometimes I go to public protests and rallies. My intention is not to go to these events as Temple Sholom’s rabbi. Our synagogue was not founded on politics, and because of where we’re located geographically, it is imperative for the health of Temple Sholom that we make sure our tent is as big as possible. Also, what I am is a member of this congregation. While my family and I want to have a say in the decisions and choices that we make as a community, I’ve made a choice to not be a voting member of the board during my tenure as rabbinical student/rabbi. What I am is a teacher- I’ve been so fortunate that I’ve been able to be a full time learner for the last 5 years. I’ve loved it, and I’ve learned so much! Nothing would make me happier in being able to share that knowledge with you.
What I’m not is a therapist – I am not trained to be a licensed professional. I can’t provide traditional counseling. What I am, though, is a spiritual caregiver. I’m someone who can be a listener. I can be with you in times of pain and times of joy. I can help you on your spiritual journey. I will try to reach out if I know you are going through some tough times, and I will respond if you reach out to me.
What I’m not is a disrupter – it will never be my intention to change what makes our community so wonderful. What I am is an out-of-the-box thinker (sometimes). I do like trying new things from time to time, seeing if we can add new melodies, new or alternative prayers, and possibly new activities to our normal repertoire. Feedback for this is really important. I need to know what works and what doesn’t. I would say that about 95% of the time, I like doing things the way they’ve always been done. But for that 5% of the time, I do like to experiment. What I ask is that you keep an open mind; it may not be the way we’ve always done things, but it may have potential to be great. To keep Judaism thriving and vibrant throughout the 21st century, we need to be able to innovate and change. In order to bring in new members and keep our current members engaged, we need to have opportunities to experiment. Trying new things means that I won’t get it right a lot of the time. But the freedom to innovate lets me stretch my rabbinic muscles, and the creativity involved excites me.
So there you have it. A brief snapshot of how I see my role as Temple Sholom’s rabbi.
And here is my invitation to you to let me know what you think. Feel free to call/text/email. I would love to set up a time to meet. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
Rabbi Reni Dickman ● Rabbinical Student Jennie Bunde
Keyboard: David Amor ● Vocal Soloist: Lucas Wood ● Instrumental Soloist, Julieta Mihai
All services and study sessions will be hybrid offerings, both in person and on the Temple’s Zoom. Please email us for information on how to join.
Tuesday, August 30th, 7pm – Elul Study Session*
Topic: Chesed and Chutzpah
Tuesday, September 6th
7pm – Elul Learning Session #1**
Topic: Various topics presented by Tri-States Small Congregations, including a short presentation by Jennie Bunde on the liturgical poem, “Ya’aleh Ve-Yavo”
Tuesday, September 13th
7pm – Elul Study Session
Topic: Love in the Torah
Saturday, September 17th
7:30pm – Selichot Service*
Topic: Sacred vestments
Wednesday, September 21st
7pm – Elul Learning Session #2**
Topic: Various topics presented by Tri-States Small Congregations, including a short meditation by Jennie Bunde on the liturgical poem, “Ki Anu Amecha”
Sunday, September 25th
7:30pm – Erev Rosh HaShana Services
Monday, September 26th
10am – Rosh HaShana Morning Services
2pm – Tashlich at Picnic Point
2:15pm – Children’s service, following tashlich
Friday, September 30th
7:30pm – Shabbat Shuva
Sunday, October 2nd
1pm – Reverse Tashlich at Lake Storey
Tuesday, October 4th
7:30pm – Kol Nidre
Wednesday, October 5th
10am – Morning service
1pm – Children’s service
2pm – Afternoon service (Minchah)
3pm – Study session with rabbis
4pm – Yizkor
5:15pm – Ne’ilah and Havdalah
6pm – Break fast potluck
NOTES FOR HIGH HOLIDAYS:
*Elul Study Sessions and Selichot will be both in person and online at Temple Sholom. We will use our usual zoom link
**Elul Learning Sessions are ONLINE ONLY and you must register to attend. These are hosted by the Tri-State Small Jewish Congregation group. Jennie will be offering a brief teaching at one of the two sessions. Register at https://bit.ly/3SZLg3X or using the QR code to the right.
Reverse tashlich –Join environmentally-conscious Jewish communities around the world in reversing the tradition of Tashlich. Remove human ‘sins’ (marine debris) from the water in a collaborative waterfront cleanup.
Services are hybrid, with Zoom access by contacting us.
|10/14||Schulz – Sukkot||Bunde||Gold|
|10/21||Bunde – Simchat Torah||Karlin/Raley-Karlin||Lyon||Faye|
|11/12||Bunde: Saturday 10am
Doug Bar Mitzvah
Bat Mitzvah re-celebration
|12/23||Gold – Hanukah||Satisky||Amor|
Oneg responsibilities include: providing the food for the oneg, setting it out in the social hall, and cleaning up afterwards. (Beverages are kept in stock at the temple.) If you cannot attend services the evening you are assigned for the oneg, please switch with someone for another night, rather than just dropping off the food ahead of time. Thanks!
Need to switch?
If you cannot lead the service or provide the oneg, please find someone to switch with. Inform David Bunde of the switch, too (email@example.com or 309-335-7130), as he sends out the weekly reminders.
The naming ceremony for baby Rubin, the congregation’s newest member is tentatively scheduled for September 18 at 12:30pm at Lake Storey. Everyone is invited. More details to follow by email.
High Holy Day Hunger Project
Again this year, Temple Sholom will participate, along with hundreds of other Reform synagogues, in the International High Holy Day Hunger Project. We ask that people bring grocery bags filled with nonperishable goods to the stage in the social hall by Sunday, October 16th. There is also a jar for monetary donations, if you prefer. Checks can be made payable to “FISH.”
This year we will be collecting shoes to send to Sole4Souls, which is a nonprofit enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes around the world. This is a community-wide project with a goal of collecting 5000 pairs of shoes in our area. There will be a box on the stage for you to put your shoe donations by Sunday, October 16.
Temple Sholom/Brookside Cemetery Campaign Committee
The final total of gifts/pledges/bequests to our campaign is $304,810, surpassing our original goal by 20%. We are most grateful to all our donors! A final report on the campaign will be sent to donors later this fall.
To Michal Ran-Rubin and Jonah Rubin for the birth of their son Raphael Micah Rubin on 8/30/22.
To Elisa and Jonathan GoldbergBelle for the arrival of their second grandson to Staci GoldbergBelle and John Hamman. Rowan Emil GoldbergBelle, born on 8/20/2022 at 6.11 pounds, was three weeks early but mother and child are doing well.
To Cornucopia Natural Foods and Deli (owned by Susan, Hannah, and Maury Lyon) for winning the “Growth” award at the annual meeting of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association this August.
To Martin Abraham, for his appointment as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY-Brockport, beginning in mid-June.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the dehumidifier: David A., David B., Steve, Maury, Jonah, Gabe, Faye, Guy, Judy, Kevin, and Hannah.To David Bunde, for taking on the role of bulletin editor for the Temple.
MI SHEBEIRACH / PRAYERS FOR HEALING
Stephen Kidman asks that Temple Sholom keep him and his family in our thoughts. His mother-in-law Nora was recently diagnosed with first-stage dementia, on top of Bryce’s illness and amputation. This has been a particularly stressful year.
Two of our families from Macomb are moving on to new adventures. David Braverman has moved from Macomb to New England. Martin and Nancy Abraham have moved to upstate New York.
DOUGLAS BUNDE’S BAR MITZVAH
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m.
(Note: festival begins the previous sunset)
Rosh Hashanah September 26
Yom Kippur October 5
Sukkot October 10
Simhat Torah October 18
Hanukkah Dec. 19–Dec. 26
Web site with dates of Jewish holidays:
For security reasons, car access to Brookside Cemetery is controlled by having a locked gate at the entrance, but you can always walk in through the smaller gate to the side. Make a note of the lock combination (0311) so that you have it when you go to visit the cemetery. Please make sure the gate is closed after you exit, with the padlock re-locked. If you have any questions, please contact one of the cemetery trustees: Bob Bondi, David Amor, Jeremy Karlin.
Names to be added to our memorial list? If you have names that you would like added to the memorial list, please contact Maury Lyon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Joining the Temple as a Member?
Temple Sholom welcomes all to attend services (including the High Holidays) and other events without formal membership. But of course, we would also be delighted to have you as a member. As an inclusive Temple, our membership ranks are open to all, we do not have any minimum membership dues, and no member will be turned away due to lack of ability to pay. For those who are able, we ask members to contribute 1% – 1.5% of their household’s gross annual income. Rather than making inquiries about members’ income, we prefer that you make the judgment yourself. As a congregation we are committed to welcoming all who wish to join our community, regardless of financial means, so if a contribution in this range would be a hardship to you, just contribute what you can. To submit an annual contribution, one sends a check (made out to Temple Sholom and marked “annual contribution”) to our treasurer at: Temple Sholom, P.O. Box 501, Galesburg, IL 61402-0501. Some members pay in full early in the fall; others prefer to pay in monthly or quarterly installments.
Temple Officers and Board Members, voted in at the Annual Meeting, July 22, 2022
Faye Schulz, President
Jonah Rubin, Vice-president
Nancy Eberhardt, Secretary
Maury Lyon, Treasurer
Leanne Trapedo Sims
Jeremy Karlin and Gabe Raley-Karlin (shared position)
Jan West, Honorary Member
DONATION RECORD (June 13 – August 31)
In memory of Jeremy Gold Amor
David Amor & Penny Gold
In memory of Lillian Michelson
Kirk and Mark Michelson
Don’t see your name? If you have made a donation but do not see your name on this list and/or have not received an acknowledgement by mail, please let Nancy Eberhardt know. Sorry in advance for any slip ups!
Making a donation to Temple Sholom? If you would like to make a donation to Temple Sholom, please send your check to: Maury Lyon, Treasurer, Temple Sholom, Box 501, Galesburg, IL 61402-050, identifying the nature of the gift (e.g., in memory of, in honor of, or for the speed recovery of a particular person). Maury will notify Nancy Eberhardt, who takes care of correspondence concerning such gifts (e.g., notifying the family of the deceased that a gift has been made in memory of that person).
Happy Tree of Life Donations
Donations may be made in recognition of a variety of events, for example: in honor of a happy occasion (anniversary, birth, bar/bat mitzvah, birthday, etc.), or in honor of an individual or family. Donations may be made by an individual or a group, and may be made at three levels: a leaf ($200), an acorn ($500), and a stone ($1,000). A leaf can be engraved with four lines of text with 20 characters in each line, plus a brief fifth line (often a date). Acorns and stones are larger than leaves and can accommodate more text. Sample wordings can be found by looking on the Happy Tree of Life. If you want to make a donation, you can send your gift, along with specification of wording, to Maury Lyon, Treasurer, Temple Sholom, Box 501, Galesburg, IL 61402-0501
Memorial Plaques: If you would like to purchase a memorial plaque ($250), send your donation and desired wording to Maury Lyon, Treasurer, Temple Sholom, Box 501, Galesburg, IL 61402-0501. You will find samples of what to include on the plaque by looking at ones already on the memorial board.
Gift shop offerings have been pared back to candles (Shabbat, memorial, Hanukkah) and mezuzot. The easiest times to access the case are Friday evenings before or after services. For access at another time, contact Faye Schulz, 335-7192.
please bookmark these links
Temple Sholom website: https://templesholomgalesburg.org/
Temple Sholom Google drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_mE-prG2xSfJO6mv-KIrGafORzr1qZt_
Many documents related to the Temple are uploaded here, for example: board minutes, Guidelines for B’nai Mitzvah, historical documents, etc.
E-mail address for reaching people currently active at Temple Sholom: