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Member Groups

As a member of Temple Israel, you and your family are entitled to participate in many ongoing programs. The following is a listing of some of these programs. To verify exact times and locations of activities, please check your copy of the Messenger.

Hevra Kadesha

The Hevre Kadesha, is an autonomous organization associated with Temple Israel, but not limited to Temple members. The Hevra performs the holy task of preparing the dead for burial.


The women of Temple Israel Sisterhood are dedicated to the promotion of Conservative Judaism in the home, synagogue and community. Our fund raising efforts help sponsor holiday celebrations, and Hebrew School programs. We maintain the synagogue’s kosher kitchen, and offer exciting educational programs. Any woman who shares our ideals and interests is invited to join. For more information, contact Marian Beckhorn at (570) 341-7330.

Minyan Services

The daily minyan, morning and afternoon, is held by the members of the Temple in the M.L. & Sara Goodman Chapel. Please consult the Messenger for exact times. Remember, it is a mitzvah to participate in the minyan!

Mitzvah Committee

Members of this committee have volunteered their time to visit the sick and the shut-ins of our Congregation, as well as recent returnees from the hospitals. Committee members also make phone calls to those in the post-shiva period and make arrangements for a shiva meal. It also encompasses a Welcome Committee for new members through phone calls and/or a personal visit. The Florida Extension program includes phone calls to members living in Florida during the winter months who have encountered a problem. Anyone wishing to volunteer to serve on one or more service groups is encouraged to call the Temple office or any member of the committee.

Ritual Committee

Meeting on a monthly basis, the ritual committee works to help provide meaningful and appropriate services for our congregation. The Rabbi, Cantor and lay members of the committee manage needed change, while remaining true to Halacha and local custom.

Choir/Choral Groups

The choir of Temple Israel, under the direction of the choir leader and the Cantor, is open to all interested members of the Congregation. Its major function is to add to the beauty of our High Holy Days services.

The Cantor also teaches classes in how to read the prayer book and how to lead the prayer service. Please feel free to contact the Cantor for any of these services or choir information.