January Shout Outs

January Shout Outs


Marissa Ruggiero on her new job!

Brotherhood for their wonderful Chanukah brunch

Ryan Lafazan and his committee for the great training job he did for the staff on security procedures

Dotti Shtafman for running the raffle ticket fund raiser as only our Dotti can do!

For Mindy Rossman, preschool director, for her hard work recruiting new children for our preschool.

For Edie Ben Israel for getting our scrip program up and running. Call Edie for gift cards or order them online.

For Amy Kass working crafts with our youngsters during the Chanukah brunch.

Rabbi Renee, Natalie Neuhaus, Suzanne Neuhaus, Mara and Taylor Friedman. Thanks for helping with the crafts at the Chanukah brunch, and Ben Kass for helping clean up at the Chanukah brunch.

The following people for all their hard work and dedication during the Springfield Chanukah Celebration: Pam Bain, Marc Bain, Ryan Lafazan, Amy Kass, Dayle Treece, and Meisha McAleney.

Rabbi Roger Lerner for his Red String Theory discussion on Sunday morning.

Pam Bain and her committee for helping to organize the Jewish Community event involving the entire Springfield Jewish Community. All proceeds went to support the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Join the Scrip Program to Support Temple Sha’arey Shalom

Support TSS - Join Scrip Program 

We have a new and ongoing fundraiser where you can select from over 700 gift cards for stores, gas stations, hotels, airlines, and even generic Visa, Discover, and American Express cards, which can easily be purchased and the Temple makes a small profit.

You can easily order online on your phone at MyScripWallet.com - or - on your computer at ShopWithScrip.comUse Temple Enrollment Code: 6EF531B3627L3

You may also place your order with a paper form available in the Temple office (see below).

If you have any questions, contact Edythe Ben-Israel at [email protected].

Benefit: You receive full benefit and Temple receives a rebate for purchases you already are planning to make.

January Scrip Order/Payment deadline is Monday, January 14th.



Click Below to Download Form

[Save the Date] Chai Noon Casino Night on May 4, 2019

10th Annual Chai Noon Casino Night

Dear Temple Family,

On Saturday evening, May 4th, 2019, our temple will be hosting our 10th “Chai Noon” Casino Night. Over 200 guests will join us at the Temple in hopes of winning fabulous prizes, goods and services. We are supported by local, regional and national businesses and are always looking for different products for our gift baskets.

This is “OUR” Temple and with a little help from everyone, we can make this Casino Night bigger & better than ever!

By donating merchandise, gift certificates and business or professional services, you will be helping our Temple, and our community.

If you own a business or have a friend that would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. Your donation is tax-deductible! Items may be mailed or brought to the temple marked
“Attn: Casino Night”.

If you have any questions, or have a donation that needs to be picked up, please contact

Dotti @ 973-801-9393.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
“Chai Noon” Casino Night Committee

Temple Office Hours for the Week of December 24th & December 31st

Temple Office Hours

The Temple will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday the hours will be from 11:00 to 2:00 pm

Monday, December 31st  - the hours will be from 11:00 to 2:00 pm

Closed on Tuesday, January 1st

Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd

Start collecting your clothes! Clothing Drive

Temple Sha'arey Shalom Clothing Drive 

We will only accepting donations/collections in up to 13 gal white kitchen bags going forward. (mix of target, walmart, other misc retail shopping bags are fine, also - just no large black garbage bags of any size).

List of accepted items:

  • Clothes & Shoes: Men's, Women's, Children's, Infant
  • Accessories: Belts, Purses, Backpacks, Hats
  • Toys: Soft or Hard Toys, below 14 Inches
  • Linens: Bedsheets, Blankets, Curtains
  • CD's/DVD's: In appropriate cases, no copies, or loose discs

All items donated must be in good, usable condition.  The clothing & other items collected are NOT SHREDDED! Please bring your clothing already in bags.

Not Accepted items:

  • Books, Board Games, Puzzles, Large Toys (above 14 inches in size)
  • Art Supplies
  • Furniture, Rugs, Exercise Equipment
  • Appliances or Electronics
  • Winter Boots, Winter Coats, Single Shoes, Roller Skates, Ice Skates
  • Dirty, Damp, Damaged, Tattered items, Rags, Items with Holes or Tears
  • Pack and Plays, Car Seats, Strollers, Baby Seats, Loungers
  • Miscellaneous Housewares, Decorative Items, Bric-Brac
  • Dishes, Glassware, Baking/Cookware, Pots/Pans, Kitchenware of any Kind


What Happens to the Clothes and other Items?

The clothing we collect is sorted and exported to those in need, most to third world counties, such as in Africa. Out clothing collections are not shredded.  We encourage patrons to donate items that are in good, usable condition.  Most of the items are sent outside of the United States because these second hand items are much needed in other parts of the world, where its residents cannot afford new items, or the cost of these items even at a thrift store retail prices within the United States.

Most of these countries do not have the means to import or produce new clothing at all, so they are very much reliant on usable second hand items from the United States.  Sending items to these areas helps supply them with much needed garments that they would not have access to, or be able to afford to purchase otherwise.

Download Clothing Drive Flyer

Springfield Jewish Community Celebrates Hanukkah 

Springfield Jewish Community Celebrates Hanukkah 

The entire Springfield Jewish community celebrated Chanukah together Saturday night, December 8, 2018, at Temple Sha'arey Shalom with the support of Rabbi Mindy Blesofsky of Chabad, Rabbi Renee Edelman of Temple Sha’arey Shalom, Rabbi Mark Mallach of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, and Rabbi Chaim Marcus of Congregation Israel.  Children enjoyed the magician, face painting, candle making, and cookie and donut decorating.  They made Shabbat boxes to donate to the Friendship Circle.  Money was raised to send to the Jewish Federation Pittsburgh Relief Fund.


Preschool Celebrates Hanukkah

Temple Sha'arey Shalom Preschool Celebrates Hanukkah 

On December 4, our Pre-K class were dressed as Maccabees for the Hannukah party. The four year olds  told the Hannukah story to the entire school and their parents. Pictured are: Rupin Nair, Brady Mongon, Jordyn Zucker, Giovanni Cocuzza, Antonia  Sosa, Rayyan Shanawani, Cami Goldfarb,  Mia Hand,  Emmanuel Harper.