September 14, 2017/23 Elul 5777/TORAH PORTION: Nitzavim & Va’yelech

Rabbi, Penny and the Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a Shabbat Shalom and Happy New Year

We have stayed in touch with our members and friends around Valdosta and in Florida, and we are grateful that no injuries occurred. Many trees have fallen and some homes and business were also damaged. In our sub-division a couple of homes were damaged due to trees falling. Social media like Facebook kept us informed.

Please note that your help is needed for Rosh Hashanah festival oneg. We appreciate the help of Sharon Morris decorating & setting up the social hall and Donna Delaney is coordinating the baked goods and other items for serving at this Oneg. Donna needs your help, and please call her to offer your help.

If you are or a member of your family wish to receive an honor  (reading, Aliyah to the Torah, etc.) during the High Holidays, please contact Bill Rupright or send us a message with name & time.

The Valdosta Daily Times will print an article on the High Holidays and the schedule of services.

High Holidays Schedule – ראש השנה ויום כיפור 2017 – 5778

We welcome our members, their guests & visitors to our services

Rosh Ha’Shanah Services 2017/5778

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 

7:30-:9:00 p.m. – Erev Rosh Hashanah: Special Community Oneg follows the services.

Thursday, September 21, 2017    

9:30-11:30 a.m. – First Day – Sounding the Shofar – Tashlich will follow service

Friday, September 22, 2017    

9:30-11:30 a.m. – Second Day – Sounding the Shofar

Yom Kippur Services 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 

7:00-9:00 p.m. – Yom Kippur Evening  Service-Kol Nidre

Saturday, September 30, 2017   

9:00 a.m. – Yom Kippur Services

10:30 a.m. – Torah Reading

12:30 p.m. – Yizkor Services

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Discussion with Rabbi

6:00 p.m. – Mincha Service

7:00 p.m. – Ne’ilah (Concluding Service)

  • At the conclusion of services of Yom Kippur a Break the Fast meal will be served and is being sponsored by the congregation. The new Eit Ratzon Machzors will be used. Kever Avot-Visit to cemetery, Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.-Sunset Hill Cemetery.

לשנה טובה תכתבו ותחתמו

Penny and Rabbi Elbaz are proud to lead a tour to Israel October 22, 2017 for 11 days and 9 nights. This tour is custom made for our congregation and includes a guided tour on our private coach. Valdosta Daily Times reported of our tour with the hope to reach out to the greater community. We are pleased to announce that we have reached our minimum quota of 12 adults and now our total are at 15 adults plus rabbi & Penny. Enrollment continues subject to space availability

The New Hebrew calendars for 2017/18 – 5778 are now available for pick up at the Temple lobby. They are available as a courtesy of McLane Funeral Home.

We pray for speedy recovery ‘re’fua she’lma’ to all who require healing in our community. If you wish that a name of a sick person(s) mentioned at services, please send the names to the rabbi.

We would like to encourage every Jewish person in our area to join us as member and join our Temple Israel family in building a Jewish life here in Valdosta. If you know of any Jewish person or family unaffiliated invite them to services.

Best wishes to those among us who are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or another joyous occasion. Let rabbi know that you are celebrating a happy event and will announce it from the Bimah at services.

Sabbath Evening Services – always at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 15  Oneg by Joyce & George Aigen

Wednesday, Sept. 20  Rosh Hashanah Oneg sponsored by the membership


SEPTEMBER 16-22, 2017                  25 ELUL-2 TISHRI 5778

  • Esther Polonsky (9/17)
  • Rose Dunn Azrael (9/19)
  • Saul Abraham Beinstock (9/21)
  • Fanny Druck (9/21)
  • Lillian Epstein (9/22)


SEPTEMBER 23-29, 2017                  3-9 TISHRI 5778

  • Esther Braverman (9/24)
  • Louis Druck (9/24)
  • Herbert Stanley Kalin (9/26)
  • Martha Goldmeer (9/27)
  • Joe Lazarus (9/28)
  • Fannie Cohen Bonow (9/28)
  • Frank Taylor (9/29)


SEPT. 30-OCTOBER 6, 2017    10-16 TISHRI 5778

  • Morris Handleman (9/30)
  • Pia Fruma Abrahams (9/30)
  • Ben Polonsky (10/2)
  • Rose Steigman (10/2)
  • Sol Hartnig (10/4)
  • Saul Stern (10/4)
  • Idra Broomberg (10/4)

OCTOBER 7-13, 2017               17-23 TISHRI 5778

  • Theodore ‘Teddy’ Lind (10/11)
  • Joel Ariaj Flatow (10/11)

A Yahrzeit, a memorial lamp will (if available on the large bronze tablets) be lit in the Synagogue. On the appropriate date and a Mourner’s Kaddish may be recited .