Message from President Louis Schmier

  1. PARKING IN THE PARKING AREA:  The parking area has been restriped.  Please park only in those designated diagonal areas.  For security reasons, and to prevent future minor accidents, DO NOT PARK ALONG SIDE OF THE FRONT OF THE TEMPLE.  If congregants persist in parking in front of the temple, parking cones will have to be placed in that area to prevent such parking.
  1. LIGHTING IN THE PARKING AREA: To enhance the temple’s security, arrangements have been made with Georgia Power to install new and improved lighting in the front, side, and back of the parking area.  That installation is presently underway and will be completes by no later than the end of the month.  If it is found that additional lighting is necessary, it will be installed.  The end result will be that the temple will have surround bright lighting.
  1. ISAIAH FUND: Last night, the Board formally approved the following rules for requests and dispensing of monies from the Fund.  The rules were made necessary by a sizeable and gracious donation to the Rabbi’s Isaiah Fund.  Consequently, the “Rabbi’s Isaiah Fund” is now formally the “Isaiah Fund of Temple Israel”.  These are the rules:

The Isaiah Fund is formally under the auspices of the Temple Board.  The purpose of the Fund is to provide temporary financial support for congregants who find themselves in need of assistance due to special circumstances beyond their control.  Such requests and dispensing of monies from the Isaiah Fund will be in accordance with the following regulations: 

  1.  The Fund’s resources are available only to members of the congregation.
  2. The committee responsible for the dispensing of Fund monies shall consist of the Rabbi and President of the congregation. 
  3. The fund can be used to help pay for such items as rent, medical bills, medications, therapy, food, utility bills, or any other assistance subject to the approval of the Fund’s committee.
  4. To secure assistance, a member must contact the Rabbi requesting such assistance.
  5. The request must be accompanied by (a) a statement of how much money is needed, (b) a statement of exactly what the money is for, and (c) both the name and address to whom the money is to go (d) a form of documentation (e.g. bill, notice, prescription ) indicating the specific need.  If  additional information is needed, the rabbi will follow up the request before any decision is made.
  6. The rabbi will then consult with the President of the congregation regarding approval of the request.
  7. A request does not guarantee approval.
  8. All actions shall be confidential.
  9. Upon approval of a request, the committee shall decide whether the monies shall go directly to the person making the request or arrangements shall be made to monies to be paid directly to the provider of a particular service.
  10. The request for funds is ordinarily a one-time request only, exceptions, however, can apply.
  11. Because the Fund’s resources are limited, there shall be a designated cap of $1,000 on such requests.
  12. For tax purposes, the recipient of the monies must submit, in addition to  initial documentation, subsequent receipts to the Rabbi.

 KITCHEN AND SOCIAL HALL RENNOVATION.  As you know, the kitchen has been gutted and the renovation has begun.  The renovation includes a remodeling of the social hall.  New carpet and flooring will be laid, the cabinets will be remodeled,  and both the walls and cabinets will be painted.  Moreover, a non-skid wooden flooring will be laid in the entrance ante hallway leading from the wooden entry doors to the back hallway doors.  That will make it safer for congregants during inclement weather.  Completion date is scheduled for mid-February.  Hopefully we can have a “grand opening dinner” to celebrate the eye-catching results before the rigors of the corned beef sale occurs.

 CORNED BEEF SALE: Please arrange your calendar to afford yourself the opportunity for the greatest time possible for selling tickets and volunteering in the temple with the essential preparations for packing the condiments, packing pickles, weighing and packing the meat, making sandwiches.  The goal for this year is to sell 6,000 tickets and, therefore, to prepare 6,000 dinners.  I cannot overemphasize how vital your participation is.  The profits from the sale pay for approximately 1/4-1/3 of the temple’s operating budget.  Without the monies from the sale, in addition to annual earnings from the temple’s investments,  funds would have to be taken from the corpus of the temple’s investments to cover operating expenses, and thereby reducing future investment earnings.  Or, dues would have to be raised significantly.

 And, aside from selling tickets, these are the dates when your time and efforts are needed:                                                                                                                                        Sunday, March 1, packing condiments, 10-3                                                               Sunday, March 8, packing condiments, 10-1 (if necessary)                                     Sunday, March 15, packing pickles, 10-3                                                                        Wed., March 18, weigh and pack meat, 10-6                                                                Thurs, March 19, weigh and pack meat, 10-6                                                                    Fri. March 20, Sale day,  8-2                                                                                                  Sunday, March 22, Sale day, 9-7                                                                                            Monday, March 23, Sale day, 9-7

Ticket packets for congregants are presently being put together and will be soon available.  Online sales opportunities will also soon be made available.

קהילת טמפל ישראל
RABBI MOSHE ELBAZ          הרב משה אלבז


Please note that security measures are in effect during services. Please remember the four-digit code-above the entrance door sensor light was installed

Temple parking lanes has been repainted for safe & clear parking at services. Please take note of the president report on the changes taking place

Sabbath evening service on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.- The Oneg is being sponsored by John & Roberta Magnasco and it will be available in the classroom next to rabbi’s study. We come together to celebrate Sabbath, to continue preserving and strengthen Jewish life in Valdosta – We hope to see you & greet you in person

Sabbath morning Torah study sessions resume Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Penny & Rabbi-for direction contact Penny Elbaz

A Beginning Hebrew program class continues on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.-noon

Please note: that the temple’s kitchen will be under construction for the next several weeks. Major kitchen renovations and social hall upgrade will be underway-these areas will off limit. We’ll be using the classroom next to rabbi’s study for onegs.

Rabbi Elbaz was nominated for the SGMC Authority board beginning February.

Funds are available for your support-all donations should be written to Temple Israel with the designation of the specific fund and may be mailed to:                         511 Baytree Rd., Valdosta, GA 31602

If a member or a friend of the congregation wish to discuss these or special gift, please contact Rabbi or Louie Schmier

Building Fund – for the upkeep and maintain the Temple Israel grounds.

            Tree of Life – To dedicate a leaf on the Tree of Life in Temple Israel’ in the Pearlman Family Social Hall in honor of family or friends

            Kitchen Remodeling Fund – major renovations & improvements for Temle Israel kitchen scheduled early next year

            Shiva Meal Fund – To provide meals following funerals at Temple Israel at no charge and is coordinated by Roberta Magnasco

            Rabbi Discretion Fund – for use by the rabbi at his discretion in promoting Temple Israel in our community

            Yahrtzeit Memorial Plaque – to purchase a permanent bronze memorial plaque and fixed at the memorial tablets in the sanctuary-cost $500.00 – contact the rabbi for details

Visit the new website of Temple Israel: www.templeisrael-valdosta.org, let us know if you have visited the site and your comments are always welcome. Please be advised: Donations of all kind be made through the web site.

Shabbat Services Schedule                

Friday, January 17       7:30 p.m.         Friday Evening Service

The Oneg sponsors: John & Roberta Magnasco

Saturday, January 18              10:00 a.m.       Torah Study Sessions @ Rabbi & Penny home

Friday, January 24                   7:30 p.m.         Friday Evening Service

Oneg Sponsors: Debbi & David Uri

Programs Schedule

Sunday, January 19     10:30 a.m.       Beginning Hebrew Class



*All Yahrtzeit weekly announcements will be made twice. Once on the week before and once again on the actual week–if you are unable to attend on the actual date of loved ones, you may say Mourner’s Kaddish at either.

JANUARY 18-24, 2020              21-27 TEVET 5780

Milly Vidro (1/19)             Ruth Landey (1/23)           Leah Dunn Landey (1/23)

JANUARY 25-31, 2020              28 TEVET-5 SHEVAT

Ethel Hopkins (1/26)     Rose Druck Landey (1/26)    Faye Orenstein Rainbow (1/29)   Mollie R. Daum (1/27)      Uri Voldman (1/26)

FEBRUARY 1-7, 2020               6-12 SHEVAT 5780

David Shapiro (2/1)         Abe Golivesky (2/2)        Bertha Landesman (2/2)              Joseph Isaac Abrahams (2/3)       Helen Schultz (2/5)       Tom Winters (2/6)                Leon Levin (2/7)     Rose R. Gilmore (2/7)         Sheldon L. Broomberg (2/5)                  Estelle Broomberg (2/5)        Morris Saul Goldstein (2/7)           Rebecca Shuman (2/8)

FEBRUARY 8-14, 2020             13-19 SHEVAT 5780

Bess Abrahams (2/9)        Irving Dinnerman (2/9)   Olivia Spense (Cook (2/11)            Edith Pearlman Cohen (2/11)   William Selig Myers (2/11)    Annette Lazarus (2/11)    Ruby Eichberg (2/11)            Jack L. Erkis (2/13)     Louis Kalin (2/14

FEBRUARY 15-21, 2020           20-26 SHEVAT 5780

Rubin Schmier (2/18)          David Hyatt (2/17)      Irene B Myers (2/19)                      Naomi Lehman (2/24)         Milton Ellerin (2/19)      Mike Openham (2/20)

FEBRUARY 22-28, 2020           27 SHEVAT-3 ADAR

Evelyn Franklin (2/24)     Chanah Golda Kleinman (2/26)    Morris S Goldstein (2/24)

FEBRUARY 29-MARCH 6       4-10 ADAR 5750

Janie Abrams (3/3)       Nathan Zelkind (2/29)    Hyman Braverman (2/29)                   Maxine Lazarus (3/3)           Ben Landey (3/2)                Elias Giges (3/4)                             Ida Lazarus (3/6)                Bas Sheva Lazarus (3/3)   Fredrich Joel Loef (2/29)

MARCH 7-12, 2020          11-17 ADAR 5780

Anna Bergman (3/9)           Nyna Grossman (3/9)    Bertha Druck (3/9)                           Mary Wexler (3/10)         Alaene Margolis (3/12)           Janet Topale (3/13)                 Helen Cecile Cohen Zeiler (3/11)          Reva Iscoff (3/8)

MARCH 14-20, 2020                  18-24 ADAR 5780

Clarence Vidro (3/14)       Harry Schwartz (3/15)         Tessie Manes Kalin (3/15)      Esther Perlman Friedlander (3/15)    Alex Kalin (3/18)      Lucy Shapiro (3/18)     Dorothy Stein Zakuto (3/20)    David Goldhar (3/15)   Marvin Elliot Pearlman (3/15)

MARCH 21-27, 2020                  25 ADAR – 2 NISAN 5780

Fannie Gilmore Perlman (3/25)    Israel Lazarus (3/21)   Fannie Karlip (3/23)           Goldie Hartnig (3/23)      Moses Braun (3/24)          Sammy Stein (3/21)                Benjamin Jacob Schwartz (3/26)     Paul Landesman (3/26)   Abe Levine (3/24)

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

Kiddush, Yom Kippur 2019