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Temple Emanu-El - Kol HaShabbat

May 16, 2024 | 8 Iyyar, 5784

Mazal Tov to Lila Topor on becoming a Bat Mitzvah
Spring 2024 Book Discussion is POSTPONED

POSTPONED - Spring Book Discussion

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that the Spring Book Discussion has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Refunds will be automatically credited.


Friday, May 17

6:00 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat

In person - Fishbein Chapel

Leader: Rabbi Fel


Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

7:44 PM: Candle Lighting

Saturday, May 18

8:00 AM: Early Service - Parashat Emor

In person - Fishbein Chapel

Leaders: Murray Gereboff and Niecie Weiner

Torah Readers: Niecie Weiner and Murray Gereboff


Meeting ID: 634 360 0434 | Password: 818674 | Phone: 929.436.2866

9:30 AM: Sanctuary Service - Bat Mitzvah of Lila Topor

In person - Main Sanctuary

Service Leaders: Rabbi Fel and Cantor Mayer

10:15 AM - Torah Service

Leader: Lila Topor

Torah Readers: Mona Scheraga, David Lubiner, Ron Shufrin, Lila Topor, and Cantor Mayer

Haftarah: Lila Topor

11:15 AM - Teaching by Lila Topor

11:30 AM - Musaf



Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

9:30 AM: Soulful Shabbat

In person - Bohnen Vestry

11:15 AM: Tot Shabbat

In person - Sisterhood Lounge

11:15 AM: Jr. Cong

In person - Goldberg Foyer

12:00 PM: Kiddush Lunch

In person - Alperin Meeting House Foyer

1:10 PM: Shabbat Minhah

In person - Fishbein Chapel

Torah Reader: Steve Blazer


Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

8:52 PM - Havdalah

9:00 PM - Zoom Havdalah


Meeting ID: 405 452 0081 | Password: 99Taft | Phone: 929.436.2866

Thank you to Lisa and David Topor for generously sponsoring Kiddush this week in honor of Lila's Bat Mitzvah

Thank you to Richard and Bernice Kumins for their generous donation to the Kiddush fund in honor of Bernice's birthday

[logo] Thanks for Kiddush Lunch!

If you'd like to contribute to Shabbat Kiddush lunch, CLICK HERE or contact Paul Stouber pstouber@teprov.org or call

(401) 331-1616. THANK YOU!!!

Welcome to our Newest Members

-Sara Radcliffe and J.D. Kleinke

Do you have a lifecycle event you want to announce to the congregation? Click here to let us know!

For instructions on touchless zooming on Shabbat Click HERE

Please let us know if you or someone you know is sick. To email the clergy Click here or call the Temple office: (401) 331-1616

Regular Business Office Hours:

Monday: CLOSED | Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

REMINDER: Only the Main Sanctuary entrance will be open on Shabbat and Yom Tov mornings. You may still enter through our Taft Avenue door with your Temple access card. Call the Temple office for more information: 401-331-1616

A Note on Security

In response to the growing need for enhanced security, we have implemented a comprehensive security plan that includes restricted entry points, the installation of state-of-the-art surveillance cameras, and regular private security details on Shabbat and Yom Tov. For the coming weeks, we have engaged members of the Providence Police Department to provide security details and area patrols on Shabbat, for special events, and when our religious school is in session. 

These efforts reflect Temple Emanu-El's unwavering commitment to providing a secure and welcoming environment for all who worship within its walls, ensuring that faith and community can thrive without fear.


Religious School Chef: Caroline Goodwin

Shabbat Chai Table Setting: Sandi Atlas-Gordon & David Gordon, Sue Rosenfield

Office Help: Amy Berrol, Ellen Shaw


Happy Birthday to Bernice Kumins!


Members of Temple Emanu-El and Jewish Heritage Night at the Boston Red Sox, May 15, 2024

view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Lx6JAjLnrSY



As you read, Cantor Mayer announced his plans for retirement last month. As we embark on the process of planning for this transition, we want to ensure that your voices are heard.

To that end, and as a first step in what will be a multi-step process, we ask you to fill out a brief five-question survey to help gather your valuable insights and observations. Your input will play a crucial role in helping us craft a thoughtful plan for moving forward. We appreciate your participation and patience as we plan for Temple Emanu-El's future.

May we go from strength to strength.

Warm regards,

Pam Kaitin-Miller and the officers of Temple Emanu-El

Click here to fill out the survey


TEimPROV is Back

TEimPROV is Back! (for adults)

Dates: Wednesdays: May 22, 29, June 5

We had so much fun last time that we're coming back for more improv! Join us for this 4 week improvisational workshop led by our congregants Jonathan Pearlman and Corey Finkle.

Please note this group is only for people 18 years and older.

Visit our Website

Learn to Sound the Shofar

With Rabbi Fel and Sam Miller

Date: Sunday May 19, 2024

Time: following minyan at 8:30am.

Have you ever wanted to sound the shofar? Learn the laws of shofar blowing with Rabbi Fel and Sam Miller! All participants who complete class requirements will receive a shofar.

You must RSVP to attend.

Let's Talk Hebrew

Let's Talk Hebrew

Days: Mondays (May 20; June 3, 10, 17, 24)

Tuesdays (May 21; June 4, 11, 18, 25)

Please note that there are only 5 sessions in this semester.

Time: Alef 5:30 - 6:30 PM

All other classes 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: In-person and Zoom options

Cost: $100 per person (scholarship available) 

Plus possible book fee for levels Alef, Bet, and Daled

Registration: Register HERE

For more information regarding which level is right for you, contact Toby Liebowitz: tobyaane@gmail.com

Join us for Hebrew Conversation and improve your speaking skills. This Spring we will be offering 5 levels of Hebrew Conversation Classes. 

Raphael Herzberg Mayer & Cantor's Assembly Convention in Minneapolis

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Time: 7:30 PM

We are proud to announce that Raphael Herzberg Mayer was selected to compose an original composition of Jewish liturgical music by the Cantors Assembly, and it will be performed this Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30PM. Click on the following link to view the livestream of Raphael's world premiere at the Cantors Assembly Convention in Minneapolis.

Watch the Livestream
Pride Shabbat 2024 with Special Guest Jamie Krass

TEQ Presents Pride Weekend

Dates: Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2, 2024

Join Temple Emanu-El and TEQ for a weekend full of meaning and fun! Pride Shabbat Weekend this year will include:

  • Shabbat Dinner following Shabbat B'ma'agal services
  • Shabbat Morning Services with a panel discussion during kiddush
  • Sunday evening Comedian, Michele Balan, to close out the weekend
Sign Up for Shabbat B'ma'agal!
Purchase Tickets to Michele Balan!

Joey Weisenberg's Rising Song Workshop

Hosted by Temple Emanu-El, Temple Beth-El and Congregation Beth Sholom

Location: Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI

Date: Tuesday, June 4

Time: Minyan at 7:00 followed by workshop at 7:30pm 

Joey Weisenberg, renowned musician and founder of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, will visit Providence to lead an inspiring workshop of Jewish communal singing and to connect in person with members of his online Master Classes in Jewish Song

Join the Master Class community today ($18/month, cancelable anytime) to attend the workshop and to open up the magic of Jewish music through over 1,000 in-depth video lessons!

Click Here to Register


Rabbi Michael Fel and Temple President, Pam Kaitin-Miller are excited to share highlights from the past year and discuss how you can help Temple Emanu-El continue to thrive.



Karen Drucker-Stern (3-year term, expires 2026/27)

Steve Horen (2-year term, expires 2025/26)

Hannah Pearlman (4-year term, expires 2027/28)

Adriane Schoen (2-year term, expires 2025/26)

Deborah Siegel (3-year term, expires 2026/27)

Daniella Stark (4-year term, expires 2027/28)

Judie Tenenbaum (2-year term, expires 2025/26)

Yoni Weiss (1-year term, expires 2025/26)

Click to see the full Board Slate


During times of turmoil, it's crucial to come together as a community so that we can offer support, comfort, and share resources with each other. To that end, we would like to offer the following avenues of empowerment:

1. Join Us for Services - When faced with challenges, we gather as a community for prayer and to reaffirm our values and hopes for the future. Please consider joining us in in person or on Zoom for daily minyan or Shabbat services. It feels less lonely when we join our thoughts and prayers with others around the world and with those who came before us. 

2. Get Educated - Knowledge is a powerful tool in combating ignorance and prejudice. We highly recommend listening to the Unpacking Israeli History Podcast, an enlightening resource that delves into the complexities of Israeli history and provides valuable insights into current events. The Promised Podcast is also an incredible podcast by three folks who live in and love Israel even though it drives them crazy, and who each week discuss the latest in Israeli politics, culture and society. Listening to these podcasts can give you the language to help express what you’ve often thought is too hard to put into words.

3. Make an Appointment with Temple Emanu-El's Clergy - We are here to offer counsel, support, and a listening ear to anyone in need. Whether you have concerns, questions, or simply wish to talk, we are available to provide guidance and comfort during these challenging times. In particular, if you have children in school or are in the college-search process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Finally, we can help connect you with other organizations whose primary mission is to advocate for Israel and/or other specific Jewish causes.


by Victor Olefson

On Eagles' Wings

On Eagles' Wings

By Capt. Elgen Long, (Ret)

A captivating, never-before revealed, behind the scenes story of the secret rescue mission of Yemenite Jewry during the Arab-Israeli War. Captain Long, the only surviving member of Operation 'Magic Carpet', directed by British, Israeli and American forces, describes how the "Ironman Crew", played a role in bringing nearly all Yemenite Jews to safety and fulfilled their impossible dream of residing in the Land of Israel

The Girls of Room 28

The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt

By Hannelore Brenner 

Of the 12,000 children who were interned at Theresienstadt, on the way to Auschwitz, only a few hundred survived the war. This is the stirring, triumphant recounting of the stories of 10 of these children, still alive, and their experiences during internment that kept them well in body and spirit. German journalist Hannelore Brenner draws from interviews and diary excerpts. An inspirational tale of the triumph of poetry and art over the evils and horrors of the Nazis.

The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi

The Periodic Table

By Primo Levi

Perhaps the most unusual book to come out of the Holocaust experience, and one of my all-time favorites. Levi, an Italian Jewish chemist before WW2, was a survivor of Auschwitz, and his magnificently written masterpiece tells of his experiences before, during, and after wartime. It consists of 21 chapters, each named for an element, in the periodic table, and has elements of autobiography and fiction, delivered in a calm, lucid style. A classic to enjoy, and ponder.


Baking For A Cause

Cookies, brownies or bars are needed that will be added as dessert to over 200 bagged lunches given out weekly by either McAuley House or Help the Homeless, RI.  

Please make a double batch of your favorite cookie/brownie or bar. Put a generous portion (2-3 cookies depending on the size) into a snack or sandwich sized bag and deliver them to either Paula Goldberg 47 Paine Ave. Cranston, RI or Barbara Dwares 46 Balsam Court Cranston RI. Call Paula 941-2042 or Barbara 474-8276 with any questions.

Temple Emanu-El

Blood Drive

Make an appointment to donate blood!

How? Go to www.ribc.org or call (401) 453-8383 to make an appointment at one of six Donor Centers throughout RI. At the time of your donation, please tell them that you are donating on behalf of Temple Emanu-El Group # 0013

Donate Today!


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The Jewish Alliance of Greater RI

Israel Emergency Fund

The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island stands with Israel and has opened this emergency fund to provide immediate financial assistance and relief to victims of terror and war.

Donate Now!

Challah Bake! Sculpture and Symbolism Through Baking

Thursday, May 16th, 6-8pm at Dwares JCC. $15 members, $20 non-members.

Join artist-in-residence Zo Baker for a challah bake unlike any other. In this workshop participants are invited to think about challah through the lenses of mindfulness and sustainability. We’ll connect each ingredient to Jewish values and symbolism and come away with new relationships to how we eat and create with intentionality and care. Participants are invited to use the dough like clay to form shapes and structures that tell stories and to consider the architecture of the divine and the everyday. Participants will leave with dough to bring home, build, and bake, and their own hand-made sculptural mini challahs. All ages welcome!


Community Conversation with Gabe Amo

Monday, May 20 from 9-10 AM at the Dwares JCC

Please join The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island on Monday, May 20 from 9-10 AM at the Dwares JCC (401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence) for a Jewish community conversation with Congressman Gabe Amo. Please send any specific questions or topics you'd like covered to Stephanie Hague at shague@jewishallianceri.org. Please note, this event is by invitation only and RSVP is required. Please RSVP here

Jewish Culture Fest!

Sunday, June 2nd, 11am-6:30pm at Dwares JCC. Free to all.

Join us at the Dwares JCC as we put the best of Jewish culture on display for all of Rhode Island! The Jewish Culture Fest will feature live musical performances on outdoor stages, dance performances, stand-up comedy, a family-friendly Kid Zone, community art exhibit, storytellers, food, beer garden, whiskey tasting, open-air artisan market and more!


Register Now!
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