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Cultivate New Friends at the KN Chocolate and Chardonnay Salon


Chocolate and Chardonnay Salon

It's Spring

A Past TI Event

Cultivate New TI Friends
At a Kol Nashim Salon

Join us, have a sip, nosh, and meet new friends

Sunday Afternoon, May 31, 4:00 – 6 p.m. 
Home of TI member Lisa Kraft

Please RSVP to KNSalon@Tifereth-Israel.org
– we need to know how much to buy!

In appreciation of TI Women

Sponsored by Kol Nashim







Book of Kings | Intermediate and Advanced Hebrew Classes

King Solomon

Taught by Rabbi Seidel

Kings is the ninth book of the Hebrew Bible and the fourth book in the Prophets (Nevi'im), the second section of the Hebrew Bible. Kings tells the story of the Kingdoms of Israel and of Judah from the beginning of King Solomon's reign (roughly 960 B.C.E.) until the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. The first eleven chapters of Kings deal with Solomon. After Solomon's death, the united monarchy of Israel split in two: ten of the tribes of Israel left the rule of Solomon, and established a rival kingdom in the North [the southern kingdom’s capital remained in Jerusalem].

– Former from an article at My Jewish Learning

Advanced and Commentaries

Requires a solid grasp of Biblical Hebrew and a willingness to wrestle with Rabbinic Hebrew.

Friday mornings • 11:00  am  • More on course • Rabbi’s office

TI Adult Education

To find out more information, please contact 
the Office, TIAdmin@Tifereth-Israel.org


Image courtesy of My Jewish Learning, King Solomon, 1872 or 1874,
by Simeon Solomon.


Bite into Bagels and Bialys


Bagel baking

A Demonstration, Tasting, & Hands On –
Bagels and Bialys Recipes!

By Jessica Weissman

Download Jessica's tips on bagels and bialy baking,
plus recipes and suggested reading.

Making dough for for bagels and bialys is simple.  All you need is flour, water, yeast, and barley malt syrup.  The fun comes after the dough is ready.

We'll practice all the special techniques that can get you close to baking
New York bagels and bialys in your own kitchen. 

To better plan the hands-on portion of the presentation - we would like to guage about how many will be in attendance. Don't worry if you have not RSVPed - come one and all.

Sponsored by Kol Nashim • A TI Adult Education Event

To find out more information, please contact 
the TI Office and Sheri Blonder TiAdmin@Tifereth-Israel.org







Learn to Bake Challah


Challah baking
Challah Three Recipes!

By Jessica Weissman

Notes from the Completed Class

This past winter Kol Nashim held a challah demonstration.  We baked three unfamiliar types of challah.

First, a Sephardic pumpkin challah

This is a moist and tasty challah that Cynthia Peterman used to demonstrate one type of six-strand braiding.  It comes from Maggie Glezer's A Blessing of Bread: The Many Rich Traditions of Jewish Bread Baking Around the World.  This book includes more than a dozen challah recipes plus many other types of Jewish bread, including many Sephardi, Mizrachi, and Yemenite breads.  To see a close variation on the recipe we used, check this link:


The book is temporarily out of print, but copies are available at jessicasbiscuit.com and from various used book sources. (Ed. note, it was available on Amazon as of yesterday.)  It is also in some libraries.  Well worth getting hold of, and the recipes all work.  Her pita recipe and her noon rogani are both delicious, and there are many more to try.

Here is a YouTube vidoe demonstrating Cynthia's technique for six-strand braiding.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22p3wIHLupc

Fig and Olive Oil Challah

We used a recipe from Deb Pearlman's Smitten Kitchen blog.  The recipe is here, including directions for her original and simple method of braiding a four-strand round challah:


Her basic idea of including a filling in challah strands can be taken beyond fig, of course - canned cinnamon filling, dried apricot paste and others would work - without taking the challah too far into the cake or pastry realm.

A One Hour Challah

Joan Nathan includes in her book on French Jewish cooking (Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France).  You're right if you think that what you get in one hour isn't quite like traditional challah.  But it is quite acceptable, and really does go from a pile of ingredients into a baked and finished loaf in an hour.  If you want to cool the bread fully for better texture add another half hour to that time.  Joan Nathan demonstrated the process for the Washington Post food section in 2011:


So if you're tired of trying to reproduce your grandmother's challah (you know, the one she would never give you the complete recipe for), free yourself!  Try one of these, and let me know how it goes.

From Mark Berch, another sixstranded You Tube video, but in this video  the strands are color-coded which makes it easy to follow.










A Taste of Saging | Getting in Touch with Aging


Ever wondered how you will handle your own aging?

Sunday Morning September 14th, 10:15 - noon

By Michele Sumka and Rabbi Devorah Lynn

Book cover

An introductory workshop based on the book From Age-ing to Sage-ing by
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, zt’’l

Come to this introductory session to enhance your awareness of what Reb Zalman calls our “Harvest Years.”  This program will include a taste of reflective exercises on the practical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of Age-ing.  An expanded workshop will be offered in the fall. 

Michele Sumka has worked as a Preschool Educator and Reiki Master in the U.S. and in Kenya, Bosnia and Israel. She is a student in the ALEPH (Alliance for Jewish Renewal) Age-ing to Sage-ing® Mentorship program. In October she will complete her training to become a Sage-ing Facilitator. She is also enrolled in the ALEPH Ordination Program in Jewish Spiritual Direction Training.

Rabbi Devorah Lynn grew up at Tifereth Israel.  She was the Para-Rabbi and Elderhostel Director of Bermuda for 12 years. Devorah was ordained in 2006 by HUC-JIR, NYC.  She led Beth Sholom Temple in Fredericksburg, VA for six years and last year renovated and moved into the house in which she grew up down the hill from TI.  Devorah is now studying Sage-ing with ALEPH, Meditation Teacher Training with the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, and will be in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) cohort at the Hebrew Home this fall.

Sponsored by Kol Nashim • A TI Adult Education Event

To find out more information, please contact the TI Office and Sheri Blonder
at  TiAdmin@Tifereth-Israel.org



New and Prospective Members Invited | TI Open House


Sunday September 7th  –  4 - 6 p.m

RSVP online

Join us on August 4thCome and meet TI members - talk with Rabbi Ethan Seidel, as well as Eitan Gutin our Hebrew School and Adult Education Director.

An Open House at Tifereth Israel, with wine and cheese for the adults and healthy snacks for children. New and prospective members are encouraged to attend to meet the leadership of the synagogue and learn about the benefits of membership at Tifereth Israel.

Interested? RSVP online, or
 email TIMembership@Tifereth-Israel.org

Childcare is available.

(Please reply with number of children so that we can
make appropriate childcare arrangements.)

Thinking of becoming a member?
  Look over our New Member Promotion Package





Spring BBQ | You're Invited

Past TI spring event

spring bbq

Come join all your friends and fellow congregants at TI for
our Spring BBQ!

Fantastic Menu:
Chicken, charcoal grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hotdogs.
There will also be an assortment of side salads and desserts.

Cash bar for adults serving beer and wine.

For Kids we will have an extra-large pirate theme 4in1 moon bounce!

In the event of rain we will simply move indoors (an indoor moon
bounce has been reserved if needed)

Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for kids, $60 family maximum



Mitzvah Knitting and Crocheting

If you don’t know how to knit or crochet,
we are happy to teach you!

Crochet photo

Do you love to work with your hands? Join us!
The Mitzvah Knitting-Crocheting group creates scarves, hats, and
community among the knitters and crocheters of TI.  You can also bring personal projects. If you need help with your knitting or crocheting, we are happy to advise! 


      Knitting photo

You can create your mitzvah projects at home.

We share patterns, stories, and ideas.

7 - 8:30 p.m., 2nd Wednesdays
Usually at Andrea Kline's home
(check the TI calendar for changes)

If you want to participate
please contact Andrea Kline at andrearkline at yahoo dot com

Sponsored by Kol Nashim 



A Family Service

Multiple Times per year at TI

  chilren's service image

It's All About The Kids

What is a Family Service?

The Family Service is a chance for all theTI households with students in grades K-6 to celebrate Shabbat as a community.

The service is heavily abridged and is primarily led by K-6th graders with Eitan Gutin serving as the MC. Students can lead as much or as little as they are comfortable and prayers are usually led by multiple students singing together.

Roles for Children

If you would like to see what parts are available, or you would like to check if your child has signed up, please click here to view the list of parts and leaders and add members of your own family to the list. (navigate using the tabs on the bottom of the page). If you find a part your child would like to lead just add his or her name to the list. Remember that we often have more than one child lead each part of the service.

It's not just about the kids − We need Parent volunteers as well –  Volunteer today!

We are looking for parents to serve as greeters, ushers, stage managers, and overall helpers. We would also love to have parent gabbais and leaders.


Thank you to the teen members of TI USY / Kadims'a
TEAM TEFILLAH for chairing the service.

Email Eitan@Tifereth-Israel.org - Eitan Gutin
Director of Lifelong Learning
for more information on our Family Service



Laws of Gossip

What can you say, and when can you say it?

Taught by Rabbi Ethan Seidel


 We will examine and discuss the work of the Hafetz Hayyim.

I will provide an abridged (but still very detailed) English summary of his codification of these laws.

Mondays  • 7:45 p.m. on those Mondays without a Board meeting • Starts March 17 - through June 2 (always check the online calendar)


TI Adult Education

To RSVP, or to find out more information, please contact 
Eitan Gutin, Director of Lifelong Learning, Eitan@Tifereth- Israel.org