September 17, 2014   22 Elul 5774

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                               WELCOME TO TEMPLE ISRAEL OF PADUCAH

                         a small, friendly, progressive Jewish communityTemple Israel

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330 Joe Clifton Drive
PO Box 1141
Paducah, KY 42002-1141
Phone: 270-442-4104



Dr. Laurie Ballew and her mother Elsie have returned to Paducah. Laurie has graciously offered to conduct a short service for Shabbat each Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Temple when our visiting Rabbi is not here. Laurie is also working on a Sunday School program for those of you who have children. If you would like to help or want more information, please call Laurie at 502-468-5571.

This year we are very fortunate to have the assistance of the following professors from Hebrew Union College to conduct services for us on a regular schedule.

· Rabbi Julie Schwartz, mother of former student Rabbi Ari Ballaban. She will conduct our High Holiday Services Sept. 24-25 (Rosh Hashanah) and Oct. 3-4 (Yom Kippur). Details will be sent to you soon.

· Rabbi Ken Kanter

· Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Dean of Hebrew Union College and our former student Rabbi

As soon as the schedule for their visits has been confirmed, it will be sent to you.

Please take a few minutes each week to join Laurie and her family for Shabbat services.




September, 2014

President’s Message:

Temple Israel has entered a new era in its long history. As you know, our numbers have dwindled through the years, and we have reached a point where we are down to around 12-15 rabbinic visits per activity year. For many years, we have been able to get a student from HUC down here. This year we were told that the students picked the congregations they would serve, and we did not get picked. We discussed our situation with the rabbis in Cincinnati, and we worked out an arrangement. We were assured that, for this activity year, we would have either an ordained rabbi or a student to come serve our congregation. We will not get to pick, but we will have someone. For the High Holy Days, we will have Rabbi Julia Schwartz come to Paducah. It turns out that she is the mother of Ari Balaban, who was our student here a few years back. Is this a big world getting smaller, or a small world getting bigger?

Michael Resnick, Congregational President


We do not have a schedule for the Shabbat visits, but we have one for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur:

Rosh Hashana Wednesday, September 24 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 25 10:00 a.m.

Yom Kippur Friday, October 3 – Kol Nidre 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 4 10:00 a.m. - approximately 5:30 p.m.

Services start at 10:00 a.m. After morning worship, we customarily have a long break and resume at around 2:00 p.m. After another optional break, the Memorial Service usually starts sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. We finish up with a concluding service, and usually get through about 5:30 p.m., but since that day is Shabbat, there might be a Havdalah service. Best bet is to show up frequently and listen to announcements.


Religious School is Back!

A dedicated group has made plans to reestablish the Temple Israel Religious School. The first session for the activity year will be Sunday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m. If you have children of Religious School age, give Louis Michelson a call at 270-210-0498.

Sunday School:

The first day of Sunday school will be Sunday, September 14, from10:30 a.m. to noon for children ages 3½ and above. Teachers are to be there at 10:00 for a short meeting. Please contact Dr. Laurie Ballew with your child’s name, age, and any food allergies. We will have appropriate ceremonial snacks. You can reach Dr. Ballew at 502-468-5571; if no answer, leave a message, and she will return your call.

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