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Happy New Year!

Now that our community blog has officially launched, let's talk about some of the issues affecting our community. This week, we're focusing on the new Rabin Religious School at Temple Beth Israel. On Friday, January 6th, we launched our first combined family Shabbat service and religious school session. For the next five months, TBI will host the first Friday night and the third Saturday morning Shabbat service of the month with a religious school in session. In the effort to provide a rich, diverse Shabbat programming, a welcoming and inclusive community, and an impactful Jewish education, we encourage as many folks and families as possible to attend the combined religious school Shabbats. Since we're starting a new year, I also wanted to highlight a few upcoming events:

On Saturday, Jan. 21st from 10am-12pm, Shabbat services and Religious School will be in session. All are welcome to attend with an oneg to follow.

On Thursday, Jan. 26th, Temple Beth Israel will host its first Young Professional Happy Hour from 6-9pm. The TBI Young Professionals' Happy Hour will be a monthly event held in the Plattsburgh Downtown area for folks in their 30's and 40ish+. Please RSVP for more information.

On Friday, Feb. 3rd from 5:30-7:15pm, TBI will host a community Tu B'Shevat seder, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services. Gather as we snack on fruits, nuts, & veggies, and learn about the new year of trees. Lastly, we will conclude the Tu B'Shevat holiday weekend with a Jewish wine tasting on Sunday, Feb. 5th from 3-5pm at TBI.

If you're interested in learning more or in attending an event, please email me at for all the important details and subscribe to our community blog. I really look forward to connecting with each of you in the new year.

Shavuah tov-Rabbi David Joslin


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