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The Jewish Connection to Chocolate         Rabbi Stephen Karol
If you have “Choco-dar”—internal radar for chocolate discoveries and experiences—then you will enjoy this delicious evening of stories and tastes based on the new book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao. A confirmed chocolate-lover (no dark chocolate, please), Rabbi Karol will offer some samples from the book and from some popular brands of chocolate. All you have to bring is your interest and your appetite!
Date: Tuesday, July 9th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/2)      

Jewish Theology in our Time                         Rabbi Harvey Witman
A new generation of rabbis and scholars explores the foundation and the future of Judaism. This course will focus on these new theological approaches to our faith and to G-d.
Date: Thursday, July 11th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/5)

Field of Dreams – Film and Discussion        Arnie Katz
The movie Field of Dreams allows us to achieve a greater understanding of our humanity and the world around us. It brings to life on the screen some of our most treasured prayers: “Days pass and the years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles….”; “Some hearts ache with sorrow….”; and “So long as we live, they too shall live….”. Travel with us to find a passion you have lost, a parent or friend who had been taken from you, or a second chance for redemption. It’s all possible.
Date: Wednesday, July 17th at 7:00pm (RSVP by 7/10)

Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui                                Cynthia Braun
Clearing clutter is the first step to good Feng Shui. Cynthia Braun, a professional organizer and Feng Shui expert, shows you how to create clarity and beauty in your space. You will learn the causes of clutter and practical steps for making your home clutter-free forever!
Date: Wednesday, July 24th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/17)

The Miracle of the Holocaust Scrolls          Rabbi Stephen Karol & Marlin Levi
Rabbi Karol will share the amazing details of how more than 1,500 Czech Torah scrolls were saved after the Holocaust and how Temple Isaiah was blessed to have one of them. Marlin Levi—a member of our Torah Restoration Committee—will talk about Nemecky/Havlickuv Brod (the once-vibrant community from which our Holocaust scroll came).
Date: Monday, July 29th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/22)

Jewish Education for the Disabled              Carole-Ann Gordon         
Welcome to an evening to discuss Jewish education programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. This session will focus on exploring programs and interests that will provide meaningful, positive learning experiences to enhance their Jewish lives.
Date: Tuesday, July 30th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/23)

Noah’s Ark Folding Origami : A Program for Kids 5 to 12   Amy Rosen
Noah took two of every animal of his Ark. Join us to fold some of the animals that sailed with Noah and his family. Beginners and experienced folders are welcome. Paper will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, July 31st at 2:30pm (RSVP by 7/24)

Holiday Origami for Adults and Teens       Amy Rosen
We will fold sculptures for Passover, Chanukah, and Simchat Torah. Come together to fold plagues, a dreidel, and a Torah scroll. Beginners and experienced folders are welcome. Paper will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, July 31st at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/24)

The Power of Mindfulness                             Craig Balaban
Do you find yourself struggling to escape, suppress, or avoid distressing thoughts and feelings? Mindfulness helps you to approach whatever is already happening in your life, in your thoughts, and with your emotions, without becoming overwhelmed. Learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for learning, growing, and healing.
Date: Monday, August 5th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/29)

Welcoming Interfaith Couples and Families to our Temple                Rabbi Stephen Karol
The Reform Movement, Temple Isaiah, and Rabbi Karol have a long history of welcoming interfaith couples and families to the synagogue. If you are not involved yet, find out about the meaning and enjoyment you can discover. If you are already a member, learn more about what path can work best for you.
Date: Tuesday, August 6th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 7/31)

Spiritual Implications of Reincarnation     Greg Alexander, Ph.D.
While not well-known, Judaism supports the concept of reincarnation. We will review Kabbalistic Jewish beliefs about reincarnation (gilgul) and karma (tikkun). Our main inquiry will center on the question: If reincarnation and karma are factual, what might this imply about our Creator? Jewish ideas of God, Oneness, justice, mercy, spiritual evolution, and love will be explored. There will be time for questions and discussion.
Date: Thursday, August 8th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 8/1)

Finding Work/Life Balance                                                             Andrea Feinberg
Want to find the elusive work/life balance? Before the revenue goals and the strategic plan, there is a bigger conversation to have. Let’s have it together. If your plans don’t get done, if you can’t take a few relaxing days away, if your priorities get lost in a stream of emergencies, if you wish you could focus (for once!) on the next big thing—this is your opportunity.
Date: Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 8/7)

The Gershwins: An Evening of Music and Song       Cantor Ted Labow
Join Cantor Labow (piano and vocals) for an evening about the lives, the music, and the lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin. From “Rhapsody in Blue” to “Embraceable You,” the Gershwin brothers changed the way America sang its songs. From immigrants to American stars, their story is a classic in the history of American popular music.
Date: Thursday, August 15th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 8/8)

Drugs and Pop Culture                    Melissa Wayne, M.A.
Even with strong prevention messages, substance abuse continues to plague Long Island communities.  Through an interactive discussion, music, and media, participants will learn about recent drugs trends, but more importantly how pop culture has influenced these trends and recent New York State legislation that was born from tragedy on Long Island.
Date: Tuesday, August 20th at 7:30pm (RSVP by 8/13)