About Tifereth Israel Greenport

Congregation Tifereth Israel is a Historic Synagogue on the North Fork in Greenport. It is an egalitarian, inclusive, Conservative synagogue committed to strengthening Jewish values, learning and spiritual well-being as well as building a close, warm and supportive community for all who wish to join.

Lunch And Learn – Covid-18/Covid-19: What You Need To Know

Big Change — A Switcheroo! — In Next Week’s ‘Lunch And Learn’ Format  Hello, Lunch and Learners. Just when you thought you had the ‘Lunch and Learn’ Monday/Thursday format all clear, comes a switcheroo. Next week, Rabbi Gadi will lead off on Monday, July 6, because we have a special guest on Thursday, July 9, with a program you won’t want to miss. It’s a switcheroo. Please mark your calendars now. See below. Monday: Does [...]

Lunch And Learn – Covid-18/Covid-19: What You Need To Know2020-07-02T14:47:21-04:00

Book Circle Selection Traces Journey Of The Sarajevo Haggadah

The July meeting of the Book Circle will take place on Wednesday, the 15th, at noon, on Zoom. The novel selected, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, involves history, mystery, antiquity and Judaica — all together in a rip-roaring good story. Inspired by true events, the work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain. The narrative asks a rare-book expert to conserve the [...]

Book Circle Selection Traces Journey Of The Sarajevo Haggadah2020-06-29T11:55:12-04:00

Oculus: Eye on Art

This month’s Oculus column features Graham Diamond’s sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci, perhaps the most famous Renaissance man, who is often depicted in works by other artists. The sculptor’s interpretation captures da Vinci as an inventor as well as an artist. “I pictured him in his own time in Florence, ever wary and aware of dangers around him. The eyes, which I believe to be a window into the soul, are looking with doubt [...]

Oculus: Eye on Art2020-06-29T11:36:55-04:00

Update On The Common Ground Project: A+ For Great Growing

With a little help from shul members working at Beds 16 and 18 at Treiber Farms, Mother Nature is delivering bigtime at the Common Ground Project. Just look at the luscious plants that have emerged from the fragile seedlings that were pictured in the June issue of The Shofar. The project, initiated by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport, grows vegetables to stock local food pantries, including CAST, the shul’s designated charity. The gardening group [...]

Update On The Common Ground Project: A+ For Great Growing2020-06-29T11:30:40-04:00

2020 Graduations In The Shul Family; Mazel Tov To All

Gideon Browne graduated from the Kane Street Synagogue Hebrew School in Brooklyn, and will be a Bar Mitzvah in November. Gideon is looking forward to continuing his participation in Hebrew School teen programs. He is the son of Rebecca Seigel and Chris Browne of Brooklyn, the brother of Yona and Caleb Browne, and the grandson of shul member Carol Seigel. Georgia Eve Downey earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with honors, from the University [...]

2020 Graduations In The Shul Family; Mazel Tov To All2020-06-29T11:26:24-04:00

From The ‘Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow’ Folder…

We’ve all heard of Amazon.com, and probably most of us, at one time or another, have shopped its thousands of products and connected with the conglomerate’s many hundreds of affiliate members. But buried inside all those big numbers is a small idea that can make a difference — yes, a little difference — but remember: Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Here’s how it works: Congregation Tifereth Israel is now registered as a charity [...]

From The ‘Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow’ Folder…2020-06-29T11:24:33-04:00

With Quarantine, Arolsen Archives Adds More Than 120,000 Names

When the coronavirus prompted lockdowns, the Arolsen Archives — the world’s largest devoted to the victims of Nazi persecution — enlisted thousands of those quarantined to further the work of the archive’s “Every Name Counts” project. So far, the amateur archivists have indexed names from the archive’s enormous collection of papers, adding more than 120,000 names, birth dates, and prisoner numbers to the database. The Arolsen Archives houses more than 30 million original documents [...]

With Quarantine, Arolsen Archives Adds More Than 120,000 Names2020-06-29T11:20:43-04:00

2,000-Year-Old Rooms Found By The Western Wall in Jerusalem

A two-millennia-old subterranean system of three rooms has been uncovered near the Western Wall. The three-room complex — painstakingly chiseled by hand out of bedrock prior to the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in 70 CE — is the first evidence of everyday life underground in the ancient city. “This is a unique finding,” said Israel Antiquity Authority co-directors Dr. Barak Monnickendam-Givon and Tehila Sadiel. “You must understand  that 2,000 years ago in [...]

2,000-Year-Old Rooms Found By The Western Wall in Jerusalem2020-06-29T11:21:53-04:00

Wilson’s Arch At Western Wall Dates To Herod The Great

Named after the 19th-century British explorer and archaeologist Charles William Wilson, Wilson’s Arch is located at the northern end of the Western Wall, and prayer services frequently take place in the area beneath it. Recently, using radiocarbon dating and the emerging techniques of microarchaeology, Israeli scientists made a breakthrough in pinpointing its date of construction . Wilson’s Arch was part of the Great Causeway, an ancient bridge linking Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to the houses of [...]

Wilson’s Arch At Western Wall Dates To Herod The Great2020-06-29T11:00:30-04:00

What Every Lox Fresser Should Know About Smoked Fish

So, you think you know smoked fish, huh? Well, let’s see. We’ll start with the basics. Salmon in the wild roam the waters freely, and where they are caught in their journey can affect the texture and flavor of the fish. Generally, they are lean and less fatty. Since fat is a significant component of flavor, wild-caught salmon tends to be less flavorful. Not only that, farmed salmon, less active than their cousins in [...]

What Every Lox Fresser Should Know About Smoked Fish2020-06-29T10:58:57-04:00