Meet your new TSS Board of Trustees!

At the annual congregational meeting on May 4th, the following Temple officers and Board members were elected. Congratulations!

President – Don Belmont;

President-Elect – Elliot Gluskin;

Secretary – Marcia Berkow;

Treasurer/Finance Committee– Jay Plotnick;

Chair of Membership committee – Debi Nelson;

Chair of Religious School Committee – Shari Gluskin and Janet Hogan, co-chairs;

At-large members – Audrey Nolte, Cheryl Shadick, Jonathan Hertz, Ellen Miller, Susan Shmookler, Neil Hogan, Liz Kamp.


Thanks to everyone who participated in the meeting and election, and a big “THANK YOU” to all who volunteered their time and energy to serve on the Board!

Mishloach Manot

Mishloach Manot  —

As the holiday of Purim is coming upon us (March 16th), one of the most important aspects in the celebration of Purim is the sending of food – an assortment of treats and good wishes to our fellow members – Mishloach Manot.

This Purim Project is new this year and is being sponsored by our very own TSS Sisterhood. It will give you the opportunity to reach out to fellow members, friends, family, and neighbors in joy and friendship, emphasizing one of the major themes of this holiday.  Every TSS family will receive a Purim gift bag which will include various Purim-themed goodies (including hamantashen) and a list of contributors to that particular family’s bag.  The funds raised by the TSS Sisterhood will go towards general TSS expenses and future Sisterhood and TSS events.

How it works:

Choose which Temple members (as well as non-temple members) you would like to send well wishes to.  Once you have filled out the order form, send the form and payment to Susan McNamara. Deadline is February 24, 2014.


Click here for MISHLOACH MANOT ORDER FORM.  You can direct any questions to Susan McNamara at  Please consider participating in this important fundraiser for Temple Shirat Shalom.


Thank you for your support!


TSS Sisterhood


Still got questions? Mishloach Manot Q&A



TSS Educational Moment: What the heck is Mishloach Manot?

Mishloach manot (Hebrew: משלוח מנות, literally, “sending of portions”) also called a Purim basket, are gifts of food or drink that are sent to friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, business associates, and any other acquaintances on Purim day. The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot derives from the Book of Esther. It is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast held later in the day, and to increase love and friendship among Jews as a counter to Haman’s assertion that the Jewish people are characterized by strife and disunity. According to the halakha, every Jew over the age of Bar and Bat Mitzvah should send a food gift consisting of two different types of food to at least one recipient. The practice is a fairly prominent feature of Purim.

For questions about the project, and for TSS membership list, please contact Susan McNamara (

‘The Health of Your Heart is in Your Hands’ – Sisterhood Event – February 2nd

Sisterhood Event – “The Health of Your Heart is in Your Hands” by Cardiologist Amy Ahnert, MD, at the JCC – February 2, 10:15 a.m. – This event is open to all women.  Invite all of the women in your circle of friends and family.  Important information all women should hear.  Contact Karyn Goldner for details.

People of the Book

People of the Book

We have new prayer books. And it has been a joy and a happy challenge to maneuver through the songs and prayers as we all learn the new rhythm of our Shabbat Service.
Books are an important feature in Judaism. After all, we are “the People of The Book.” And The Book is what held our people together through centuries of discord and Diaspora. The words that were handed down through generations, finally written on parchment, to teach the world and it’s people a civilized and orderly way to conduct their business, their relationships and their lives.

The Torah is our guide. Our ancestors are the unknowing mentors playing center stage in life’s drama. Through their trials and tribulations we are schooled in human behavior, as it existed thousands of years ago and in many ways is as relevant today as it was then.

So books are important. That we can evolve and grow in our spiritual learning through books is a gift that we should cherish. Here is an open invitation to join our Shabbat Service and experience the new prayer books.

Thank you to Audrey Nolte for spearheading the project to obtain the new prayer books. Thank you to Cantor Sussman who, each week, guides us through the songs and prayers, and thanks to all of you who sponsored a new prayer book for Temple Shirat Shalom.