I hope everyone had a happy, relaxing, and love-filled Thanksgiving! I know we did at our house.  I just can’t believe the year is almost over!  This will be a short note because, as the year winds down, so it seems do the activities we have going on…but there are a couple of things!

Board Meeting

The final Board meeting of the current Board will be held this Sunday, December 3, at 10:00am. The meeting will be held at the Temple.  As usual, we have a very full agenda.  Congregants are always welcomed to attend the meeting to learn and observe.  As for next year’s Board, Dick Peshkin has again graciously agreed to head the nominating committee and we hope to hear about nominations soon.  If you are interested in serving on the Board, or would like to nominate someone for consideration, please let Dick know asap.

 Hannukah Celebration

Our annual Hannukah celebrations will be held the last night of Hannuka or Tuesday, December 19.  Rabbi Nancy will be here to celebrate with us so it promises to be a beautiful event!  I hope you will plan to join us, starting at 6:00pm that evening.  Please bring a covered dish item as we will share a dinner following the service.  In addition, please bring your menorah and candles to light during the service.  And be prepared to eat some great latkes!

 Temple Logoed Items are Perfect for Hannukah!

Just can’t figure out what to get that one hard-to-buy-for person? Check out the items on our Website Shop – a nice cap, t-shirt or tote bag might be just the perfect thing!  Or if they are readers, how about a copy of Erwin’s book?!  It’s easy!!!  Go take a look and place your order today!


As we approach year-end, and you consider making additional charitable donations, please remember our Temple!   Celebrate a loved one, mark a simcha, commemorate a Yarhzeit or other lifecycle event in happiness or in sorrow, through a donation to Temple B’nai Israel.  Also, please remember Temple B’nai Israel in your will and estate plans. Such donations are an important way to ensure that the Temple will continue to serve our Jewish community with weekly services, Torah study, Jewish programming and social events.  The form for making donations is available on our Website or in paper format in the foyer at the Temple.

 Service Schedule

The service schedule for December is:

  • December 1 – Rabbi Nancy
  • December 8 – Buddy Bernstein
  • December15 – TDB
  • December 19 (Tuesday) – Hannukah
  • December 22 – TBD
  • December 29 – TBD

As always, congregants and members of the Shoals community, at large, are invited to attend the weekly Torah Study session which is held each Saturday morning at 9:30, at the Temple.

 Reminder items:

  • Board Meeting – Sunday, December 3, 10:00am at the Temple
  • Hannukah Celebration – Tuesday, December 19, 6:00pm – bring your menorah and a covered dish to share

If you are aware of something in the community that you would like me to draw some attention to in my message, please let me know! And, as always, if you have any announcements you would like for me to share with our membership, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you on Friday!


Traci Welch