Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel

  • And We're Off...
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  • A Bit of Friendly Clergy Competition
  • Debbie Bernstein Made It Happen
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  • Debbie Gave The Word And...
  • Off We Went
  • Over 100 Of Us...
  • Next Time Even More...
  • This Was A Nice Surprise.
  • Carol and Larry Paster
  • No Surprise Here... Boy Can He Run!!!
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  • Running or Walking... A Great Day to be Outside

Our thanks for the support of...

An Invitation to Join "Team TSTI's 5K Run/Walk/Roll"

Our September Bulletin article... In August...

This isn't your typical end of the summer "welcome back", pre-High Holy Day bulletin article. Then again, what we have planned for October isn't your typical temple function. Let us explain.

Rabbi Nachman’s Prayer
Master of the Universe, grant me the ability to be alone. May it be my custom to go outdoors each day among the trees and grasses, Among all growing things, There to be alone and enter into prayer. There may I express all that is in my heart, Talking with God to whom I belong. And may all grasses, trees and plants Awake at my coming. Send the power of their life into my prayer, Making whole my heart and my speech through the life and spirit of growing things, Made whole by their transcendent Source. Oh! That they would enter my prayer! Then would I fully open my heart in prayer, supplication and holy speech;
Then, O God, would I pour out the words of my heart before Your Presence
Rabbi Cohen:

It's funny how things can take on a life of their own. Back in the spring my friend Larry Greenberg realized that he had let himself get out of shape. He has run a number of marathons and decided to get running again. Because he is an avid technology fan he decided to use an iPhone app "C25K" which is based on Cool Running's Couch-to-5K Running Plan to help him along. C25K is designed to get someone who hasn't been running at all up, running and, a few months later, able to run in a 5 km race. Of course, I opened my mouth and said that I wanted to do it too. I hadn't run in years but my physician had been telling me I needed to start exercising so before you knew it I had the app on my iPhone and had started running (well walking at first actually).
I told Rabbi Miller what I was doing and she, in turn, joined in. Before I knew it the entire senior staff of the synagogue had agreed to participate in some form or another. As things tend to happen in Temple life, especially here at TSTI, the idea took on a life of its own. Rabbi Miller suggested that we do a larger synagogue run and invite everyone in the temple family to join in. The timing couldn't be better. Right after the Holy Days is a wonderful time for us to gather together as an extended temple family. Moreover, because we are part of the URJ and GreenFaith’s Greening Initiative, getting out into nature seems to be a perfect fit.

(Quick aside, on a recent conference call with GreenFaith I learned that we now spend an average of 90% of our time indoors.
Source: epa.gov via Rabbi Larry Troster) It seemed like something we should do and... it is something we are doing. But I'll let Rabbi Miller pick it up from here.

Rabbi Miller

This was one of those times when, even as the words were leaving my mouth I realized I should have kept quiet. But once I said I was in... I was in. I knew I needed to start training right away. Yes, peer pressure can be a positive thing sometimes. (As a quick aside, Rabbi Cohen emailed from his vacation saying that he was ready to quit but didn't "because he wasn't going to let me keep going while he stopped." I emailed back that I had thought the exact same thing that morning.) Couch25k is a 9 week training program. During my first 7 weeks of training (at week one mind you) I told everyone I know that I was doing this program. Many people said that it sounded great and asked how to get the program so that they could train too. That gave me an idea . . . Why not invite everyone in the congregation to join in. We'll have fun together, get outside together, and even better, we can turn it into a mitzvah and raise some money for a good environmental cause or two. And so Team TSTI was born.

Here are some of the details at this point --
The race, or more accurately run/walk, will be held on a Sunday in October. (The official date will be on the temple Web site as soon as it is approved by the town.) The registration will be $18 for anyone under 18 and $36 for anyone over 18. That will include a t-shirt, a water bottle (as part of the Greening Initiative we can't exactly give out plastic bottled water can we??) and some prizes that will be raffled off to a few of the people who have completed the 5K in any form. In addition, we are going to invite anyone who is participating to get sponsors for each of the five kilometers. Half of the proceeds will go toward planting trees in Israel through the Jewish National Fund and the other half will go toward planting trees and flowers here at home. This is, of course, optional but we invite all walk/runners of the 5K to do so. We hope that everyone will join us. You don't have to run the 5 km (3.2 miles). You can run, walk, or roll. Just join us. Our heartfelt thanks to Debbie Bernstein for helping to organize this event. On a final note, this experience has given me the chance to see the "unRabbinic side" of Rabbi Cohen even more clearly than ever... he has completed the C25K (and has started Couch to 10K) and on each of the last three runs he taunted me by sending me his stats.

We are proud to serve as rabbis of a congregation that would pursue an initiative such as this and look forward to all of you joining with us for Team TSTI's first ever 5K.

Here is a bonus... if you plan to join us and have either an iPhone or iPod touch...

I (Rabbi Cohen) was emailing with the developer of the C25K iPhone app. They loved the fact that we are doing a TSTI 5K and sent me promotional codes for 10 copies of the app (and invited me to write up our story for their website [which I will happily be doing]). If you will be joining us for Team TSTI and would like a copy of the app email me and I'll get one of the ten codes to you if any are left.

Safari hosted by Ember

When members of the Senior Staff began the Couch 2 5 K training program we all started listening to music to help motivate us. One day we compared playlists and were struck by how diverse our musical taste is. So we thought it might be fun to see if you can... GUESS THE PLAYLIST!

Each playlist below belongs to either Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Miller, Tracy Horwitz, Carol Paster or Pia Kutten. Share your guess in the comments HERE. (submission link coming soon)

Playlist A

The Rhythm of the Night

Gonna Make you--
Sweat- C+C Music Factory

I like to Move it--
Take A Chance on Me- Erasure

Chains of Love--

No Limits--

The Reflex--
Duran Duran

Duran Duran

Ray of Light--

Too Funky--
George Michael

California Girls--
Katy Perry

I Got a Feeling--
Black Eyed Peas

Spice Up Your Life--
Spice Girls

I Like it--
Enrique Iglesias

Wake up the City--
Israel Tzofim Caravan 2010

Tiao Cruz

Burnin Up--
Jonas Brothers

Mary J Blige

Doo Wop--
Lauren Hill

Poker Face--
Lady Gaga

I like to Move It--
Is it Real

Playlist B

Are you gonna go my way--
Lenny Kravitz

Movin Out--
Billy Joel

Mrs. Robinson--
Simon and Garfunkel

Neil Diamond

Run Around--
Blues Travelers

Fire of Heaven/ Alter of Earth--

Save Tonight--
Eagle Eye Cherry

Folsom Prison Blues--
Johnny Cash

American Girl--
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Losing My Religion--

All Together Now--
The Beatles

All I Wanna Do--
Sheryl Crow

Live, Laugh, Love--
Clay Walker

Glory Days--
Bruce Springsteen

The Joker--
Steve Miller Band

Don't Stand So Close to Me--
The Police

Sunday Bloody Sunday--

Playlist C

Low (feat. T-Pain)--
Flo Rida

Smooth Criminal--
Michael Jackson

Free Your Mind--
En Vogue

U Can't Touch This--
MC Hammer

The Next Episode- Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg

Lose Yourself--

It's Like That--
RUN-DMC vs. Jason Nevins

The Power--

3 A.M. Eternal--

I'm So Excited--
The Pointer Sisters

Irene Cara

Sex On Fire--
Kings of Leon

William Tell Overture

Playlist D

The Strokes

You're The Reason I'm Leaving--
Franz Ferdinand

You Want History--
Kaiser Chiefs

You Only Live Once--
The Strokes

We Cry (Explicit)--
The Script

Suburban Knights--

The Vines

The Strokes

The Strokes

Potion Approaching--
Arctic Monkeys

Franz Ferdinand

On Top--
The Killers

Never Miss A Beat--
Kaiser Chiefs

The Strokes

In The Morning--

An Honest Mistake--
The Bravery

Heart In A Cage--
The Strokes

Golden Skans--

Girls & Boys--

For Reasons Unknown--
The Killers

Farewell to the Fairground--
White Lies

Evil And A Heathen--
Franz Ferdinand

The End Has No End--
The Strokes

Eddie's Gun--
The Kooks

Foo Fighters

Cash Machine--

Can't Say What I Mean--
Kaiser Chiefs

The Killers

Blue Orchid--
The White Stripes

All My Life--
Foo Fighters