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332 West Alejo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Special Services at Temple Isaiah Kick Off the New Year

December 18, 2007

Temple Isaiah will begin the new year with two special services in January.  First, on January 11, a Freilach Shabbat Dinner with Shabbat services around the dinner table. On Friday, January 25, the Temple will commemorate Tu B’Shevat with a seder celebrating the fruits of Israel.

The Freilach Shabbat Dinner will honor the wonderful spirit of an old-fashioned Shabbat dinner and songs  around the family table.  Celebrate this special night with Rabbi Sally and Cantor Schwartz beginning at 6:00 PM on Friday, January 11, in the Temple’s Warsaw Ballroom.   Dinner reservations are $20 for adults and children 12 years and older.  Children under 12 are $10, and reservations will be accepted  no later than January 8th by calling 760/325-2281.

Tu B’Shevat is Jewish Arbor Day.  The Tu B’Shevat seder, once a kabbalistic ritual, combines both the tangible and the mystical as it honors the most wondrous of birthdays, the Earth’s.  Four cups of wine or grape juice represent the changes in the seasons – dark red, light red, pink, and white. Fruits and nuts mentioned in the bible, ranging from those with coverings on the outside, such as oranges; those with pits, like peaches and olives; and those that can be eaten whole, like figs and raisins.  Like the symbols on the Passover table, the fruits and grains of Tu B’Shevat are ripe with values.  There is no charge for the seder, but if you plan to attend, an RSVP to 760/325-2281 would be greatly appreciated.  The abbreviated service will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Warsaw Ballroom.

Temple Isaiah of Palm Springs is a welcoming and inclusive congregation embracing Judaism that is relevant for today while remaining committed to Jewish traditions, values, and ethics. With the help of Frank Sinatra and other community leaders, Temple Isaiah and its Jewish Community Center, founded in the late 1940s, were expanded in the late 1980s to meet the needs of the increasing Jewish population. It continues today as a vibrant spiritual and cultural home for all Jews in the Palm Springs desert communities.

For more information on this News Release, please contact Tim O'Bayley.

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