Interfaith Alliance Discussion, August 15th

Along with the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance, the Rabbi is chairing a panelist discussion, The Evolution of Faith Traditions: Tensions and Opportunities, on Wednesday, August 15. This will take place at 12:00 pm, and lunch will be serviced here at the Temple. Members are welcome to attend, but please RSVP as soon as possible so that we may have enough food for everyone.


Upcoming Events: Dates to Remember for August!


3  Kabbalat Shabbat

4  Saturday Service

10  Kabbalat Shabbat

11  Saturday Service

14  Temple Board Meeting

15  Breakfast Schmooze

17  Kabbalat Shabbat

18  Saturday Service

24  Kabbalat Shabbat

25  Saturday Service

26  Sunday School Registration

26 Sisterhood Fun Run

29 Hebrew School Starts

31 Kabbalat Shabbat (Last of Summer Schedule)

August 2018 Worship Schedule


August 3 & 4

Friday: 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat-Dinner Out After

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

August 10 & 11

Friday: 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat-Dinner Out After

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

August 17 & 18

Friday: 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat-Dinner Out After

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

August 24 & 25

Friday: 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat-Dinner Out After

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

August 31 & September 1

Friday: 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat-Dinner Out After

Saturday: Morning Service 9:30

From the Heart with Rabbi Liebowitz


The Eternal said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of
the Eternal, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Eternal, but the Eternal was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Eternal was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Eternal was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
(I Kings 19: 11)

Dear Friends,

You may remember the play and then movie “Same Time Next Year,” starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. Admittedly risqué, it revealed the rewards and difficulties inherent in relationships, especially those built on tenuous grounds. It occurs that the title could serve well as a description of the High Holidays. (Yes, the dates of the High Holy Days do drift in the Western Calendar from year to year, early to mid autumn, but from the Hebrew point of view they always begin on the 1st of Tishri and end on the 10th of Tishri. But they are not as much risqué as they are risky. Many traditions devote their practice to looking within and solemnizing them with ritual as in the Catholic confessional. But not so many communally, champion a ten-day period of remembering and repenting. Certainly, not an easy thing to do. Though Plato commented that the “unexamined life is not worth living,” our ever-defending egos work against efforts. Who among us easily says contritely “I am sorry!” Change in our lives is inevitable as we grow older. That is natural, but self-imposed change is more daunting.

As tradition bids us to start preparing for the Holy Days one month before, we do well to be mindful of the Hebrew concept of Hitbodedut, literally means to draw within. It connotes communion with God and ambiguously champions the view that as we withdraw we are reaching outward. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel noted that when the soul is stirred, God responds or as the prophet Elijah experienced when he head the Kol d’mama daka, a soft murmuring sound “or a small still voice.” (I Kings 19: 12)

The mystical tradition further insists that when we perform a commandment it is evidence of God’s soft still voice or murmuring being transformed into a good deed i.e. mitzvah.

I wish one and all as autumn beckons a time of peace and new awareness.

Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz, D.D.

July Worship and Activity Schedule

July 6: 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat with dinner out afterwards

July 7: no a.m. service

July 11: Breakfast Schmooze with Rabbi Liebowitz 7-9 a.m.

July 13: 6:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Rabbi’s Lasagna Dinner

July 14: 9:30 Torah Discussion

July 17: Temple Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

July 20: 6:00 p.m. Kabalat Shabbat

July 21: Erev Tish’a B’ave 9:30 a.m. service

July 22: Tisha’a B’av Service 6:00 p.m.

July 27: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 p.m.

July 28: Torah Discussion 9:30 a.m.



Upcoming Events at a Glance!

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, June 29 at 6:00 pm with dinner out afterward at Ruby Tuesday

Memorial for Norman Bornstein: Sunday, July 8 at 2:00 pm, Greenlawn Chapel

Breakfast Schmooze: Wednesday, July 11 from 7-9 at

Broadway Bagel


Rabbi’s Lasagna Dinner: Friday, July 13 at 6:00


Saturday Service: July 14 at 9:30


Temple Board Meeting: Tuesday, July 17 at 6:00


Temple Topics Deadline: Wednesday, July 18


Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, July 20 at 6:00 pm followed by

dinner out


Saturday Service: July 21 at 9:30